- Mary becomes pregnant of the Holy Spirit in Nazareth before she and Joseph get married.
- He returns to his family's home in Bethlehem for a census. He takes her with him.
- They get married in Bethlehem--he takes her into his house.
- Following the normal practice, a small make-shift room, a marital chamber, is added to the family's house, often on the roof as a kind of attic addition. This would perhaps only be big enough for the pregnant Mary and Joseph to sleep in.
- She gives birth in the main room of the house, since there was not room for birth in the "place" (katalyma) of the marital chamber.
- Many "farm houses" of this sort had a manger, with animals on the lower part of what was effectively a split level (with about a one meter height difference). They lay Jesus in this manager.
- Forty days later, they return to Nazareth.
- Merry Christmas all!
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Luke's Story of Jesus' Birth
I was delighted to encounter an article this year (HT: Anthony Le Donne) that suggests the following story line in Luke's birth story.