Bethlehem and the Birth of Jesus. Our total number of posts has now grown to more than 1800 and this makes it difficult to locate a post you may need. This index is prepared to assist you in your study of the birth of Jesus in ancient Bethlehem. Most, if not all, of the posts include at least one photo illustrating the lesson.
- Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus.
- Bethlehem – the Birthplace of Jesus.
- Bethlehem – home of David and Jesus.
- Visiting the Shepherd’s Fields near Bethlehem. Includes photos of the Catholic, Greek, and Protestant sites.
- Jerome in Bethlehem. Jerome lived in Bethlehem for nearly 40 years. He translated ancient Hebrew and Greek manuscripts of the Bible into what we call the Latin Vulgate.
- Bethlehem and Shrines. Discussion of the origin and value of shrines related to the birth of Jesus.
- Was Jesus Born in Winter?
- Previous posts relating to the birth of Jesus and Christmas.
- Did Zorastrianism influence Christianity?
- Rachel’s tomb?
- What About Christmas? A brief article discussing the history of Christmas.
- The Truth About Christmas. A more detailed discussion of the historical aspects of the birth of Jesus and the origin of Christmas celebrations. PDF
Other places near Bethlehem. Most of the links below are related to Herod the Great and the fortress he built near Bethlehem. I see that I have normally used the spelling Herodium, but sometime Herodion.
- The Pools of Solomon. These pools, south of Bethlehem, supplied water to Jerusalem in New Testament times.
- Herodium and the tomb of Herod the Great.
- Herod the Small.
- Psychological Study of Herod the Great.
- View east from the Herodium.
- Prof. Ehud Netzer critically injured at Herodium.
- Archaeologist Netzer dies after fall.
- Royal theater box at the Herodium.
- The Herodium, Tekoah and Ashkelon.
- Herod the Great in the Israel Museum.
- A morning with Shmuel Browns. Includes a visit to the Herodion.
- Herod the Great in the news. This post includes an aerial photo.
- Should Herod’s Tomb be Rebuilt?
- Decorations from Herod’s tomb.
- The Herodian Family Tomb.
Historical Connections to Modern Christmas Celebrations. These post are post-biblical, historical references to customs associated with Christmas.
- Myra, home of Saint Nicholas. Myra, in present-day Turkey, is the home of a Greek Orthodox bishop known as Nicholas. Several legends arose around Nicholas who was noted for giving gifts to the poor and raising the dead.
- Christmas, St. Nicholas, and Myra.
When other posts on this subject are written I will try to remember to update the list.