Whatever you choose to believe concerning
the story of Mary and Joseph,
travelling ninety miles in the ancient world,
from Nazareth , along the Jordan River,
up and down through the Judean Dessert and thick Forest,
to the tiny town of a hundred residents of Bethlehem,
for the Census, during the winter months,
had to be a very long and difficult journey.
The average person can walk about 20 miles per day.
It is said Mary was somewhere between the age of 12 to 14,
certainly close to nine months into her first pregnancy
and Joseph was said to be a great deal older.
Travelers would have had to
carry water in skin pouches
and food . . . most likely bread,
maybe some oil and herbs.
It would've been wise to tote something for shelter
in case of bad weather.
Winters in that area
experience 30 degree temps
and loads of rain.
The path taken was unpaved
and there were Lion, Bear,
Wild Boar, Thieves and Crazies
they had to be prepared for.
The journey surely took
people like Mary and Joseph
a week to ten days to complete.
Ancient Bethlehem was known
to only have one primitive Inn.
It's widely agreed that the only shelter Jesus could've been
born in was a nearby cave
used to house animals.
A JOYOUS CHRISTMAS TO ALL !
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