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Was Jesus Born In A Stable?

posted Dec 6, 2011, 8:27 AM by James Londgren   [ updated Dec 6, 2011, 8:27 AM by Brandon Londgren ]
Although this is very likely the case, all we are told in the Bible is that there was no room for Mary and Joseph in the inn and that when Jesus was born he was laid in a feed trough or manger.  This manger could easily have been in an outdoors area behind the inn where guests could tie us their animals.  Tradition is that Jesus was born in a cave in Bethelem which may have been used for a stable.  If you went to the Church of the Nativity in Bethelehem today you could be shown the cave where Jesus is said to have been born.  There is even a silver star inlaid on the floor marking the traditional spot where the baby was laid.   That this place could be known so exactly can probably be explained by the fact that shepherds in nearby fields that night were informed by angels of the birth of the messiah and found the exact place where Jesus was in a manger.  It would be logical to assume that for many years following the event the shepherds would tell others about the wonderful night and probably point out to them the exact place where they found the baby Jesus.  Their children probably continued telling the story and marking the location after their parents were gone and so forth.