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Bethlehem meaning "House of Bread" is a town of the West Bank, 5 miles south of Jerusalem and just off the main road to Hebron. It is surrounded by fertile lands, cornfields, fig and olive yards and vineyards. Bethlehem does not have a great supply with water, though for many centuries the a low level aqueduct from Solomon's Pools has been used by the inhabitants. Bethlehem was the birthplace of Jesus[1][2] and the location of Herod's "massacre of the innocents"[3].

In 2012 the Church of the Nativity, the site where Jesus was born and undoubtedly one of the most important locations on earth, was finally deemed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO a whole 36 years after World Heritage Sites began getting named.[4]

External Links Photographs of Scriptural Sites: Bethlehem,


  1. Matthew 2:1-5
  2. Luke 2:4-25
  3. Matthew 2:8-16
  4. UNESCO: Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route in Bethlehem, Palestine, inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List along with sites from Israel, Palau, Indonesia and Morocco June 29, 2012