New Testament

Gospels and Acts of the Apostles

If Mary and Joseph lived in Nazareth, how was it that Jesus was born in Bethlehem?

Caesar Augustus, who ruled the Roman Empire from 27 B.C.E.–14 C.E., ordered a census. Everyone had to return to his/her hometown to register. Joseph, who was from the family of David, returned to Bethlehem. He took with him his soon-to-be wife, Mary. At the time, Mary was near the end of her pregnancy. While Mary and Joseph were in Bethlehem, Mary had her baby, Jesus.


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