Thursday, July 08, 2010
A Biblical Scholar's First Impressions of Israel III: Bethlehem
We did not do a lot in Bethlehem. We looked around the Church of the Nativity, perhaps most memorable for the tiny entrance door to the main building and the little room down some stairs that supposedly marks the spot of Jesus' birth. Since we were there on a Sunday, there were lots of people there to worship, and we got a few dirty looks and shoves. Remarkably, I also met a film-crew there that I knew from my work on The Bible: A History last year.
I am pleased to have visited Bethlehem, but pleased too not to have spent too much time there. It makes a good, short visit as part of a larger visit to Jerusalem, which is how we did things.
Photo credit: Viola Goodacre