18 Jerusalem. Bethlehem (house of bread).One of the oldest towns in Palestine, already in existence at the time of Jacob's return to the country. Oshri, however, holds out hope. The Home in Galilee. The King James Bible text is sourced from the BibleForgeDB database (https://github.com/bibleforge) within the BibleForge project (http://bibleforge.com). Bethlehem was the home of an Ephraimite Levite and his concubine, and her murder sparked an intertribal war that resulted in the near destruction of the tribe of Benjamin . 22 Nazareth. Nowhere in the Old Testament does it say that no one would know where the Messiah was from. Bethlehem (Bible Odyssey) A brief history of why Bethlehem is significant. Â© 2020 The Times of Israel , All Rights Reserved, Illustrative: A scan of a German, 19th century steel engraving of Jesus Christ (Public domain work of art), Aviram Oshri, the archaeologist who believes Jesus lived in Bethlehem of the Galilee (Courtesy Aviram Oshri), An ancient oil lamp found in Bethlehem of the Galilee that is from the time of Jesus (Courtesy Aviram Oshri), Part of the wall and ramp found during Aviram Oshri’s excavations in Bethlehem of the Galilee (Courtesy Aviram Oshri), Weâre really pleased that youâve read, Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories, Already a member? “There’s nothing scientific to prove it,” said Dahari, before throwing his own curve ball. Aviram Oshri spent nearly elevenÂ years excavating artifacts in Bethlehem of the Galilee — an ancient biblical village near Nazareth that was later settled by German Templers — which he believes show that the traditional account of Jesusâs birthplace may be wrong. Bethlehem of Judah is on the ridge of the Judean Hills and near the desert, thus a place of emptiness, of humility. The first mention of Galilee in the Bible refers to the location of Kedesh, a city of refuge in the hill country of Naphtali (Joshua 20:7; 21:32; 1 Chronicles 6:76). 3 Bethlehem. "the Galilean Bethlehem") is a moshav in northern Israel. Bethlehem, or somehow connected with it. 7 Jerusalem. In Bethlehem of the Galilee, Oshri says he has discovered stone vessels that were used by Jews during the same time period that Jesus lived. BIBLE LANDS NOTES: Distances from Jerusalem 1 Distances from Jerusalem Distances from Jerusalem IN ISRAEL: Bersheba – 54 miles south Bethany – 1 e miles east Bethe l – 10 j miles north Bethlehem – 6 miles southeast Bethpage – 1 mile Caesarea – 70 miles Caesarea Philippi – 105 miles Capernaum – 85 miles Dead Sea – 14 miles east Dothan – 54 miles north And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) Luke 2:39. A local Christmas tree grower, Yossi Jaeger, who buys the idea, jokingly calls it Oshri’sÂ “conspiracy theory.â. 17 Capernaum. 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But it was not all blood and gore! 5 Egypt. What does the Bible say about Bethlehem? He begins with the lack of antiquities from the Herodian period in Bethlehem of Judea, which was the time around the birth of Jesus, a fact that is corroborated by the Israel Antiquities Authority. 8 The Jordan River. Times of Israel Community — if the work we do is important to you, join us! The Galilee is Jesus’ homeplace. Includes a history of the early tradition that Jesus was born in a cave. In another account, Joseph and Mary, who was then nine months pregnant, traveled more than 175 kilometers (68 miles)Â from Nazareth to Bethlehem of Judea, Josephâs hometown, in order to be counted in a Roman census. Bethlehem of Galilee is a moshav in northern Israel. 25 Bethsaida. For as little as $6 a month you can help support our quality journalism while enjoying The Times of Israel AD-FREE, as well as accessing exclusive content available only to Times of Israel Community members. https://www.timesofisrael.com/was-jesus-born-in-a-different-bethlehem 19 Nain. Bethlehem had a close association with the Davidic monarchy and the hope for a new David in the postexilic era. He says theÂ authority would allow him to excavate further if itÂ had the money, and has tried to fundraise himself. Bethlehem (Catholic Encyclopedia) An encyclopedia article on the city and its history. Oshri published his findings in the journal Archaeology in 2005, two years after he completed the dig. But when he produced his findings for his employer, the Israel Antiquities Authority, he found his proposal dismissed and called âworse than a joke.â, Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories 15 The Sea of Galilee. It is also known as “Bethlehem of Zebulun,” “Bethlehem of Galilee,” “the Galilean Bethlehem,” and “Beth Lehem Zoria.” It eventually became a Christian community, and much later became a ruined village called Beit-Lahm. 18 Jerusalem. But as the journalism we do is costly, we invite readers for whom The Times of Israel has become important to help support our work by joining The Times of Israel Community. “He said if Bethlehem of the Galilee was in Jerusalem, he could have done it,” said Oshri. As of 2019 it had a population of 843. The New Testament identifies Bethlehem as the birthplace of Jesus. Bethlehem Of Galilee Basic Info. 21 Sea of Galilee. He first heard from the locals that Jesus was born in the northern town, and not in the south. Galilee is Jesus’ hometown. Upper Galilee climbs to heights more than 3,000 feet above sea level, while Lower Galilee contains broad valleys with rich soil well-suited to agriculture and farming. 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The town of Bethlehem of Judea, about six miles south of Jerusalem, has always been considered the birthplace of Jesus. Unlike other news outlets, we havenât put up a paywall. Itâs just a religious excuse.â. 21 Sea of Galilee. 5 Egypt. For as little as $6/month, you will: Weâre really pleased that youâve read X Times of Israel articles in the past month. “Bethlehem of Galilee” was located in the region given to the tribe of Zebulun in northern Israel (see Joshua 19:15), while “Bethlehem of Judea,” where Jesus was born, was located 6 kilometers (4 miles) south of “Jerusalem” (Matthew 2:1), the largest city in Judea and the capital of Israel. 23 Sea of Galilee. OshriÂ ended up moving onto other digs because he didnât have a choice, even though he said heâd love nothing more than to excavateÂ the church again as well as the cave beneath. 20 Capernaum. âThereâs no connection, thereâs nothing that suggests Bethlehem of the Galilee could be connected,” said Dahari, calling Oshri’s thinking impossible. âAnyone who does research and deals with this saysÂ that Jesus, the person, was born in Nazareth, and his family was from Nazareth,â said Dahari. If so, please join The Times of Israel Community. 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During eleven years of excavations, Oshri found a massive Byzantine-era church, with a cave hidden under the apse, as well as parts of a wall that may have circled the village and another two-story building that couldÂ have been an ancient khan or guesthouse. 4 Jerusalem. He even asked Nir Barkat, the mayor of Jerusalem, for funds. He said that Protestants were open to it, but those who are more orthodox in their beliefs, such as Catholics and the Greek and Russian Orthodox, were not willing to accept his ideas. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David; Good News Translation Joseph went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to the town of Bethlehem … 8 The Jordan River. The city is about sixty-five miles north of Jerusalem and Bethlehem. They journey to Bethlehem in response to a census that the Roman emperor Caesar … âSheâs from Tzippori and heâs from Bethlehem of Judea, and what are the chances that they would meet when they live so far away from each other in the ancient world? Ruth 1:2 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehem judah. 9 The Wilderness. 22 Nazareth. The City of Nazareth, When Jesus was born. 25 Bethsaida. Officially called Bethlehem of the Galilee (some call it the Bethlehem of the North), or Bet Lehem HaGlalit in Hebrew, it’s a very cute farming village (or moshav) set in the beautiful Galilee countryside. Luke says this census in the region was administered by Quirinus, the governor of Syria, who had Jurisdiction over the territory of Judea. All would be from the period of Jesus’ life. 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