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    How Well Do You Know The Nativity Story?

    You've been there, done that, worn the tea towel - but do you actually know the Bible story?

    1. 1. When Mary found out she would give birth to Jesus, she and Joseph were...?

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      (Bear in mind, this quiz is all about the biblical account(s) of the Nativity – so base your answers on your knowledge of that!)

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      Betrothed – who knew?

      The most popular answer (34%) was that they were married. But, in the biblical story, they're actually just betrothed. In their context, Mary becoming pregnant outside of marriage would have been quite scandalous – the biblical book of Matthew even says 'Joseph did not want to disgrace Mary publicly; so he made plans to break the engagement privately'. (And that's all apart from the whole business of her getting pregnant whilst still being a virgin)

    2. 2. Why did Mary and Joseph travel across the country?

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      Caesar Augustus...the forgotten man?

      42% of people thought 'they were told to by King Herod'. But Herod has a different part in the story. According to the book of Luke, it was that 'Emperor Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Roman Empire' which meant Joseph had to go back to Bethlehem (taking Mary with him) to get registered.

    3. 3. How does Mary travel across the country?

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      Sorry, donkey :(

      84% of people think that Mary travels by donkey – and who can blame them, what with all the songs and Nativity plays and illustrations (yes, including ours in the question above) that depict exactly that. But the Bible doesn't actually say anything about M+J's mode of transport. (Jesus does later ride a donkey into Jerusalem, but that's a different story).

    4. 4. Where was Jesus born?

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      Yeah, most people get this one right

      81%, to be precise, went for 'Bethlehem'. So even though Jesus is often referred to as 'Jesus of Nazareth', the Bible has his actual place of birth as Bethlehem. This is seen as quite significant, partly because of the town's insignificance! In the Old Testament book of Micah, 'The Lord says, "Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are one of the smallest towns in Judah, but out of you I will bring a ruler for Israel"'. Humble beginnings, an' all that.

    5. 5. The angels told the Shepherds who were looking after their flock...?

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      Happy angels

      41% of people correctly identified that, in Luke, a whole load of angels appear, 'singing praises to God'. Probably more tunefully than your little nephew in his school production, but no less adorably. (Actually, the shepherds to whom the angels appeared were apparently 'terribly afraid' at first).

    6. 6. Was Jesus born in...?

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      A tricky one

      Yes, 87% of people reckon that Jesus was born in a stable. But actually the Bible isn't really clear about the venue. It just tells us that Jesus was placed in a manger because there was no room for him in the inn or guest quarters. The manger could have been anywhere where they kept animals - a stable, a cave or even the ground floor of their house. Still, at least they found somewhere with a roof.

    7. 7. Who visited baby Jesus immediately after his birth?

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      Don't all rush at once

      This one split the vote a bit: 36% went for The Wise Men, and 37% for both the shepherds and Wise Men. But, actually, in the biblical version(s), it's pretty clear that the shepherds get there soon after the birth – whereas the Wise Men don't arrive until perhaps a year or two later! It doesn't need to put a dampener on all those crib scenes with shepherds, kings and cows gathered round together, though – it's still true that people from all walks of life were drawn to this Jesus person.

    8. 8. How many Wise Men visited Jesus?

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      One Wise Person, Two Wise People, Three Wise People, Four?

      A massive 89% of people said that three Wise Men visited Jesus – but, again, the Bible itself doesn't actually specify. There are three gifts listed (gold, frankincense and myrrh) – but, you never know, maybe that was 117 Wise Men clubbing together.

    9. 9. Jesus was born on the 25th of December?

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      Merry...mid-April, maybe?

      42% of people surveyed thought that it was true that Jesus was born on 25 December. But, you guessed it, the Bible doesn't actually give a date of birth. There might be some clues in things like the shepherds watching their flocks by night (not an all-year round activity) but really it's not clear on what date this event happened. Maybe that's not the most important part of the story, though...

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