Mary traveled with Joseph on a donkey, Luke 2:5


At the time of Jesus’ birth, people traveled by foot or on an animal
or in a cart. Nazareth to Bethlehem was a four to six day journey over rough tracks with wild animals and robbers.
People usually traveled in groups for their own protection.

A donkey or an ass were the normal animals used to carry loads and are still used in many counties today. Horses were only used by the rich or as a war animal.

The hand of God is seen every were even here with with Him using the Roman Census to get Jesus to be born in Bethlehem.

Jesus to be the Messiah and savior of the world had to for fill a number of prophecies can you think of any.

Background Reading:

Mary travels with Joseph

5 He went there to be registered with Mary, who had been promised to him in marriage and was pregnant.
Luke 2:5

More Information:

We do not know the name or breed of the donkey that was used to carry Mary who was pregnant at the time with Jesus.
The trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem could have taken 4-6 days by foot to cover the 120 km or 90 mile journey.
Traveling in winter eg December would be unlikely because of the cold and rain.

If the census was taken over a period of time. Then Joseph and Mary could have gone to Bethlehem and been in Jerusalem at One of the three feast all Jewish males were compelled to attend.

The three feasts were:

  • Unleavened bread [which includes Passover] spring.
  • Pentecost, late spring,
  • Tabernacles, autumn – see Leviticus. John 1:14 Jesus dwelt among us literally means tabernacled.

Jerusalem covered one square mile and had an estimated population of 200,000. With one million Pilgrims yearly. Mainly arriving for the religious feasts.

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