Why Was Jesus Born in Bethlehem?
At the time of Jesus' birth, the entire Mediterranean world was governed from Rome. Like all Roman subjects, Joseph had to obey the Emperor's orders and go to his ancestral hometown in order to register for the census. Joseph and Mary were living in Nazareth and had to travel about 80 miles (4 to 5 days) to Bethlehem, 6 miles southwest of Jerusalem.
Some scholars have cast doubt over the Emperor's edict. They point out that Rome never required its subjects to return to their original homes in order to register for the census.
But the discovery of a Roman census edict from 104 A.D. in nearby Egypt seems to disprove this hypothesis:
And so it was that 1500 miles away from Palestine, the Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus unknowingly determined where Jesus would be born.
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