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  • Christmas in Bethlehem: An occasion to share Christ

    by Brian Andrews, posted Wednesday, December 23, 2015 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Justin Veneman
    BETHLEHEM, Israel (BP) -- Music pulses through Manger Square as Muslims and Christians chant in Arabic, counting down to the annual lighting of the Christmas tree. They reach wahad (one), and the lights flash to life. The crowd cheers and whistles as green, gold and red fireworks explode above the tree. It’s Christmas Eve in Bethlehem.

    The night is filled with choral performances and speeches. Dec. 24 is a festive occasion in Bethlehem for Christians and Muslims who celebrate a shared cultural heritage. Read More

  • ARCHAEOLOGY: Just 3 miles from Bethlehem

    by Stephen Douglas Wilson, posted Tuesday, December 23, 2014 (3 years ago)

    PADUCAH, Ky. (BP) -- Israeli archeologists have uncovered an impressive entrance to Herod's palace at Herodium. Located only three miles southeast of Bethlehem, Herodium played an important part in the events surrounding the early life of Christ.

    The December announcement by Hebrew University archeologists Roi Porat, Yakov Kalman and Rachel Chachy dovetails well with the seasonal interest in the nativity accounts of Luke and Matthew in the New Testament. Read More