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How Well Do You Actually Know The Story Of Jesus's Birth?

Think you know the Nativity story? Think again.

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  1. How many wise men visited Jesus?

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    Zero
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    Three
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    Twelve
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    The Bible doesn't specify a number
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Though the Christmas carol “We Three Kings” leads you to think otherwise, the Bible actually makes no mention of the number of wise men who visited Jesus. The “Magi from the East” did, however, bring him three gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

  2. In which city was Jesus born?

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    Bethlehem
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    Nazareth
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    Jerusalem
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    The Bible doesn't say
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    Wrong!

    Bethlehem is located less than 10 miles from Jerusalem.

  3. What word does the Bible use to describe the place of Jesus's birth?

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    Stable
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    Cave
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    Manger
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    None of the above
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    Wrong!

    According to Luke 2, Mary "brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger" (KJV). A manger is a feeding trough used by animals.

  4. Which animals were present at Jesus's birth?

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    Oxen and sheep
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    Sheep and donkeys
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    Oxen, sheep, and donkeys
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    The Bible doesn't mention any
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    Wrong!

    In his book Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives, Pope Benedict XVI confirms their absence from the manger scene: “In the Gospels there is no mention of animals.” People assume the presence of animals due to the fact that Mary “placed him in a manger,” or feeding trough.

  5. Which Gospel makes no mention of Jesus's birth?

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    Matthew
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    Mark
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    Luke
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    Wrong!

    Our modern conception of Jesus’s birth comes from one chapter in Luke. The Gospel of Mark avoids the event entirely, while Mark and John begin with Jesus as an adult.

  6. True or false: Mary and Joseph were not married when Jesus was born.

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    True
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    False
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    According to Matthew 1, Mary and Joseph were merely pledged to be married upon discovering her pregnancy; however, they did marry before Jesus's birth.

  7. Complete Matthew 1:23: "Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name ___, which being interpreted is, God with us."

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    Emmanuel
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    Hosanna
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    Israel
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    Wrong!

    The verse is from the King James Version.

  8. Which angel told Mary that she would give birth to Jesus?

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    Michael
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    Gabriel
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    Raphael
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    Wrong!

    The event is commonly referred to as the Annunciation.

  9. Where did Mary, Joseph, and Jesus go to escape King Herod's wrath?

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    Egypt
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    Judea
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    Galilee
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    Wrong!

    They stayed in Egypt until after Herod's death, thereby escaping the Massacre of the Innocents.

  10. The Star of Bethlehem guided which of the following to see Jesus?

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    Only the shepherds
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    Only the wise men
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    The shepherds and wise men
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    None of the above
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The "star" was most likely an astrological conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter. Competing theories are that the star was a nova, or new star; a comet; or an aligning of Jupiter with the star Regulus.

 
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