The Birth, Infancy and Childhood of Jesus
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The Birth, Infancy and Childhood of Jesus
 
The life of Jesus opens with the story of His precursor, John the Baptist, son of Zachary and Elizabeth and cousin of Our Lord. Then, after giving a detailed account of the birth and infancy of Christ, the Gospels are silent about the childhood of Jesus except for the one story of His Journey to Jerusalem at the age of twelve and of His temporary separation from His parents.

The journey which Mary and Joseph made together before the birth of Christ was about 75 miles - from Nazareth to Bethleham. For the Presentation Mary and Joseph travelled with Jesus about 5½ - Bethleham to Jerusalem. The journey of the Holy Family from Bethlehem to Egypt was about 300 miles.
 

Map of Bethlehem in 
Canaan at the time 
of the Birth of Christ
Map of Bethlehem
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(The Two Patricks in County Tyrone, Ireland, are writing a series of books on the life and times of Jesus and they are a really excellent read - the first two are published under the titles of Song of The Carpenter I & II. Well worth buying and excellent for schools for Religious Instruction) Below are the biblical references for the various events according to each evangelist.
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Matthew
Mark
Luke
John
Prologue 
Annunciation to Zachary in the Temple in Jerusalem 
Annunciation to Mary in Nazareth 
The Incarnation 
The visit of Mary to Elizabeth at Ain Karim 
Birth of John the Baptist at Ain Karim 
Marriage of Mary and Joseph 
The Genealogies 
The Birth of Christ in Bethlehem 
Adoration by Shepherds from the neighbouring hills 
Circumcision of Jesus on the eight day 
Presentation in the Temple at Jerusalem 
Adoration of the Maji from the East 
Flight into Egypt 
Slaughter of the Innocents by Herod 
The Holy Family leave Egypt 
Return to Nazareth 
Finding the Child Jesus in the Temple in Jerusalem 
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Under our section on The Bible we have attempted to give a 'potted history' and some explanations around divine inspiration, translations and interpretation. In order to make your reading of the New Testament teachings of the Life of Christ a little easier we have looked at the time of Jesus from His Conception to His Ascension according to the writings of the four evangelists, and categorised the various events and teachings with reference to the chapter and verse of each writer. We start with Jesus' Infancy & Childhood; then move on to the start of Jesus' Public Ministry. There is no historical proof of actual times available but we have used the Douay Challoner version to divide the three years of Jesus' ministry as His First Year of Public Ministry; His Second Year of Public Ministry; His Third Year of Public Ministry; the events leading into His time of betrayal and suffering during Holy Week; the events surrounding Holy Thursday when He instituted the bloodless sacrifice of the Eucharist to be carried out in His name for perpetuity; the events surrounding His suffering, passion and death on Good Friday; and finally His Burial, Resurection and Ascension into Heaven.


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