Beit Lehem HaGlilit/בֵּית לֶחֶם הַגְּלִילִית vs Bet Leḥem בֵּית לֶחֶם [Tŷ Bara/House of Bread]

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Beit Lehem HaGlilit/בֵּית לֶחֶם הַגְּלִילִית vs Bet Leḥem בֵּית לֶחֶם [Tŷ Bara/House of Bread]

Resting up in the last week my wife passed me a box of old white papers to see if I wanted them, if not, chuck then in the recycling. I can’t have anything these days as the wife does a year-round spring cleaning which includes my office or den to you Americans or man-cave! To me my sacred sanctum, a place of silence, where I can shut the drws/door and concentrate on my writing/reading. Anyway, I transgressed as the top paper in the box my wife gave me to sort out is the shorten version I am going to discuss as my post albeit a different heading and a shorter version. 

All that have read the Bible will tell you if they are unbiased that the Bible is contradictory and controversial and that the authors of the canonical gospels had lost the plot on several occasions, to say the least. We are told by these anonymous scribes that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the home of his father Joseph and the birthplace of the semi-mythical King David. Yet, we are made to believe that a devout Jewish family with connections to Bethlehem live in the wildest of the north amongst the Gentiles of Galilee. Matthew 4:15-16  And that every year they run the gauntlet through enemy lines to celebrate the Passover in Jerusalem. Then after the Passover return through enemy lines to their home amongst the Nations of Galilee Isaiah 8:23 NABRE meaning the Pagan people that took the place of the Israelites. 2 Kings 17:24 NIV 

Yet, all this cannot be, it does not make sense we have a very old man (Joseph) whom we are told by Catholic and Protestant sources died before Jesus took up his ministry at age 11o years old see under 3. References in Apocryphal Literature. This would mean that Joseph the Carpenter was 80 years old when Mary (13 years of age) conceived Jesus. It would make Joseph 92 years of age trekking through enemy lines when Jesus was 12 years old going to the Passover at Jerusalem. And we know what happened with Jesus on their way home. Talk about a dysfunctional family ‘look after your child for Gott sake!’ If you can believe that story that a young mother of 26 years and a 92-year old husband trekked back to Jerusalem and after four days found the little sh*t in a Temple. Then trek back the 100 km all alone to Nazareth through enemy territory. Do you believe that story?

In the 1800s many scholars did not accept the Bible version of events of Bethlehem being the birth of Jesus, etc. It was a ploy in the false Messiahship of Jesus, the genealogy had failed so the scribes brought Bethlehem into play. The consensus amongst 1800s scholars was that the canonical authors got it wrong and got the wrong place name, and Israeli archaeologists agree! 

Very close to Nazareth is Bethlehem of Galilee which is a Moshov* 6-miles/10km northwest of Nazareth.

* Moshav is a town or settlement.

The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges suggests that the Bethlehem referred to in this passage is Bethlehem of Galilee ‘rather than the more famous Bethlehem in the Tribe of Judah.’

Until the late 19th century, ruins of a church and a synagogue** could be seen there, and archaeological findings from the early Roman Period show it was a prosperous city. So the biblical Bethlehem of Zebulon is identified by archaeologists with today’s Bethlehem of Galilee. 

** is probably an ancient Samaritan Synagogue. Many Samaritan synagogues have been excavated south of Nazareth such as the one in Zur Natan in the south of the Sharon Plain, some 60 km southwest of Nazareth.

What do you say of Bethlehem, did the ancient NT scribes get the wrong Bethlehem? Or were they merely facilitating the Messiahship to convince the devotees that Jesus was the Messiah?

Keep safe!


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