How Can We Be Sure That Jesus Was Born in Bethlehem?
To visit Bethlehem today is to visit a modern city torn struggling in the midst of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The famous wall between the territories runs right through the middle of modern Bethlehem.
Nevertheless, pilgrims still flock to the ancient Church of the Nativity the oldest Christian church still standing–built by the Emperor Constantine in the early fourth century. It was re-built and restored over the centuries, but in the lower level the pilgrim can still kneel and venerate the silver star that marks the place of the Savior’s birth and see the niche in the cave wall where he was laid.