The Bible doesn't actually mention a stable, or a barn, or a cave - only a There's no suggestion in the Gospels that Mary and Joseph had to. Straight from the Donkey's Mouth By Jeff Bates & John Ritter find room in a stable just in time for the baby's birth, though the donkey's not sure why there is such a fuss. Then he meets Baby Jesus himself and knows he's in the presence of a King. Mary and Joseph and the Baby and Me is a nine hundred -word rhyming. Prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus was born in a stable and laid in a manger. ( a) Why were Joseph and Mary heading to Bethlehem? To reach that little village from Nazareth, travelers covered some 80 hilly miles ( km) via Samaria.
There's no innkeeper Similarly, the innkeeper is a function of the story dreamt up to a make sense of the stable story and b ensure a suitable role for Charlie Farrington in Year Two who likes shouting 'no! Jesus was fully human; fully a baby, and as any parent of small children will tell you, that means he will have regularly screamed down the neighbourhood, especially when he had wind.
Although I appreciate that the line 'The little Lord Jesus, a bit windy he is', probably wouldn't have been such a roaring success.
The random animals Love Actually's lobster and Octopus-filled Christmas play takes things on to another level, but even the traditional wooden nativity set is factually questionable. There's no suggestion in the Gospels that Mary and Joseph had to accommodate animals as well as their feeding trough, but due to other mentions of oxen and donkeys in the Bible Isaiah 1: This school nativity cast list is getting worryingly short.
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The angels didn't sing to the shepherds as Jesus was born The Christmas carol-fuelled idea that a heavenly host appeared and sang to the shepherds as they washed their socks isn't a million miles off But the text says they're 'saying', not singing, Glory to God in the highest. It's a bit less showbiz of course.
Ben has made personalised sleeping mats for Mary, Joseph and the donkey.
Mary and Joseph helped Ben and Rosie play trains. December 7th Mary and Joseph were delayed on the road which must have happened back in the days before Jesus' birth as well.
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Since being with us the couple have taken the opportunity to relax, resting on the packing boxes. Donkey however has been entertaining himself with the bubble-wrappop,pop pop!
Well soon, Mary, Joseph and Donkey must continue their journey and we send our prayers with them on their way.
In the evening as we sat and chatted there was a sound of jingle bells and carols being sung. It was the rotary club with Santa Claus on his sleigh.
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I took Mary and Joseph and the donkey to see him: There's almost always a donkey standing in the background or, less often, looking down at the baby Jesus in rapt adoration. Which makes perfect sense, at least from a typecasting point of view. Article Continued Below Nothing about being steady, gentle, reliable and taken for granted is going to put a donkey out of its comfort zone.
He marches right up to you, insistent that he get close enough to give both of your ears a thorough sniffing. Exactly what Solo discovers there isn't clear, except that it seems to help him make sense of the whole encounter, where you might fit in Solo's personal tableaux.
You have, in other words, joined his club, whether you wanted to or not. From that point on, membership means Solo will try to stand as near to you as possible, exposed and trusting, his big, brown, donkey eyes imploring you to pet him. It doesn't take much of this donkey demeanour to understand why having one in the Nativity scene is so perfectly natural.
Solo, so named when his mother died shortly after childbirth, is a model of meekness.