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:
- Is there evidence of the existence of the towns of Bethlehem and Nazareth in the first century A.D.?
- Is there evidence of a Roman-wide census ordered by Caesar Augustus when Quirinius was governor of Syria?
- When was Jesus born?
- Is there any other historical/archaeological evidence that supports the biblical Nativity accounts?
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!”