O Little Town of Bethlehem

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On Sat. Dec. 15, 2018, I presented seminar at Island Bible Chapel entitled, “O Little Town of Bethlehem: The Archaeology of Christmas.”  It was based on an article that I published in Bible & Spade magazine, published by the Associates for Biblical Research (BibleArchaeology.org).

It was an informal evening of coffee and Christmas treats where we will investigated four questions:

  1. Is there evidence of the existence of the towns of Bethlehem and Nazareth in the first century A.D.?
  2. Is there evidence of a Roman-wide census ordered by Caesar Augustus when Quirinius was governor of Syria?
  3. When was Jesus born?
  4. Is there any other historical/archaeological evidence that supports the biblical Nativity accounts?
The goal of this presentation was to provide answers to some common objections and demonstrate the historical reliability of the Christmas account as recorded in the Bible.
You can download a pdf file of my Powerpoint HERE.
You can download a pdf file of my notes HERE.


Luke 2:10-11 – And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

Luke 2:14 – “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”


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