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Christmas Bible Reading Plan - Day 17

Join us for a summary walk through of the events surrounding the birth of Jesus. Journey toward Christmas Day with a renewed vision and appreciation for the life of Jesus Christ. Each day you will find a link to the Bible passage for that day and helpful resources for your study.

December 17. Read Luke 2:1-5.

This passages gives a brief explanation of Jesus' unusual birth. Some traditional details of this event are just that: traditional, and not necessarily given in Scripture itself. Luke establishes a historical timeframe, when Joseph and Mary travel to Bethlehem to participate in a taxed census. Due to the number of travelers, lodgings are crowded. Mary gives birth and lays Jesus in an animal's feeding trough.

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Common Questions:
Does Luke’s claim that Jesus was born in Bethlehem at the time of Quirinius' census match the historical record?
Was Joseph married before Mary?
What year was Jesus Christ born?
Do the narratives of Jesus’ birth contradict each other?

Today's Verse of the Day (Encourage your friends by sharing this image on Social Media):
Special thanks to our friends at Drive Thru History for this beautiful image of actors protraying Mary and Joseph. We highly recommend their documentaries about the Bible.

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