Monthly Archives: September 2009
The following was originally published on Grace Notes in 2009.
“Most families where Jesus lived had at least one animal. Can you guess what animal that was? A donkey!” “Really?” I thought.
My wife Sondra and I were on our way to church. She was reading to me while I was driving. While I did not doubt that Jewish families in the early first century owned animals, the evidence indicates that poorer families could not afford horses or donkeys. The old story about Mary and Joseph traveling to Bethlehem on a donkey is pure fiction. The Bible never says anything about Mary and Joseph having a donkey after that either. Continue reading