Was Jesus really born in Bethlehem? Experts still split over story of Christmas Nativity

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It is the widely accepted version of the story of the birth of Christ, with passages in both the gospels of Matthew and Luke referring to Jesus being born there.

Christians still flock to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem to see the birthplace of Christ in the city in the West Bank, six miles south of Jerusalem.

According to Matthew in the New Testament, Joseph and Mary were living in Bethlehem at the time of Jesus’ birth, later moving to Nazareth in northern Galilee.

Apostle Luke wrote independently that the couple travelled more than 90 miles from their home they already had in Nazareth to Joseph’s Judean hometown of Bethlehem in order to be counted in a Roman census. 

Despite the variance, both accounts agree Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea.

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