Possible Route of Mary & Joseph

I would be interested in a map that shows all the existing roads, and the possible routes Mary and Joseph took from Nazereth to Bethlehem. I would be very interested to know if a map exists.

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Apr 16, 2013
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There's another Bethlehem...
by: Anonymous

...and it not far away from Nazareth, only a matter of four or so miles. The idea of the long arduous journey in Mary's state is simply not credible; it is much more likely that Joseph's birthplace was much nearer (although taking four steps while one is in active labor might be too many for most women!).

Be that as in may, we don't have to look miles and miles away to the south, but only a few to the north to find an equally likely birthplace for Jesus.

Oct 11, 2011
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Mary and joseph
by: Robert Marshall

Mary had a vision of Gabriel who told her she would have a baby, and would call his name Jesus. When Joseph found out, he wanted to put her away and not get married.

An Angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him to marry Mary. When it was time for her to have the baby they went to Bethlehem, because there was a census, and everybody had to go to their home town. While in Bethlehem Mary had the baby.

Jewish law stated at that time if a woman had a boy the purification period was 40 days before she could enter the Temple. It was 80 days for a girl. Jesus was circumcised on the eighth day.

Mary could not enter the Temple until the forty days of purification were over. After forty days they traveled to Jerusalem to the Temple to dedicate Jesus. After the dedication, they moved to Nazareth to live.

When the wise men came to Jerusalem they inquired of the baby. They were told He was born in Bethlehem. Herod told them to find the baby then come tell him so he could go worship the baby too. The wise men followed the star to Nazareth to the house they were living in.

After their visit they were told to go home by a different route, and not to go tell Herod. That night, Joseph was told in a dream to take the baby and Mary and go to Egypt. Herod sent an army to Bethlehem to kill all babies two years old and under.

Joseph and Mary stayed in Egypt until Herod died. History says Herod died in 4 BC. That means Jesus was born in 5 or 6 B. C. They went back to Jerusalem and Herod's brother was in charge, so Joseph and Mary went back to Nazareth to live.

Bethlehem was a few miles south of Jerusalem, and Nazareth was north of Jerusalem. They must have traveled the trade routes, still used in many cases today as highways and roads.

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