The Star of Bethlehem - A Christmas Story

Siddharth Dehl

Last updated: Apr 3, 2017

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Here’s the story of the Star of Bethlehem as most of us know it. The year is 2 BC (approximately) when three mysterious foreigners appear in the land of Judea. The Three Wise Men (or Magi, as they are called) have been travelling for two years on a special mission. A mission to find the messiah, the true ‘King of the Jews’. The messiah has just been born, but they don’t know where.

The 3 Magi following the Christmas Star

Of course, like all good stories, this too has a villain – Herod, the king of Judea, himself. As you can imagine, King Herod isn’t thrilled to learn about this so-called ‘King of the Jews’ who might take his place someday. So he calls the Three Wise Men and tells them they might find this to-be-king in Bethlehem. In return, he asks them to report back to him when they make their discovery. His professed purpose: “So I, too, may worship him.” There’s one thing going in the Three Wise Men’s favour as they set about finding the messiah - and that is a certain guiding star. A Christmas Star - The Star of Bethlehem. The Star of Bethlehem guides the Three Wise Men right to Mary’s doorstep in the sleepy little town of Bethlehem, where baby Jesus was born. And that is when everything that has happened up till then becomes BC. Want to visit Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ? It’s replete with historical, religious and cultural stories, as also with fun hiking trails and night life.

Things to Do in Bethlehem

Did You Know?

  Flights: Most travellers fly in to Tel Aviv Airport (Ben Gurion International Airport) in Jerusalem, explore it a bit and drive into Israel through the Rachel's Crossing Israeli checkpoint.  

  Hotels: There are many good hotels in Bethlehem, including the Bethlehem Hotel, Grand Hotel, and Hotel Sahara.