Was Jesus really born in a stable?

An isolated stable or a crowded family dwelling?

Was Jesus born in a lonely stable, having been rejected by the inn keeper? Or in the cramped quarters of a welcoming peasant home, in the midst of extended family? (Read Matthew 2:1-7) Scholars continue to debate the general sense and specific referent of the Greek word kataluma (‘place of lodging’) which is often rendered ‘inn’. More…

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