Bethlehem is located in the modern day West Bank area Palestinian town, which is about 6 miles south of Jerusalem. It currently has a population of approximately 30,000. Bethlehem was well known as the birthplace and home of King David. Several hundred years after David, the prophet Micah predicted that the Jewish Messiah would be born in a small town near Jerusalem called Bethlehem. In Micah 5:2-3 he said, “2 But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to rule in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days. 3 Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has brought forth; then the rest of his kindred shall return to the people of Israel.”
The Manger Square in Bethlehem downtown can be captured in one panorama. The meaning of Bethlehem in Hebrew is the house of bread בֵּית לֶחֶם Bet Lechem.
While walking around the residential area in Bethlehem, once again Matthew 2:1-6 reminds us about the Jewish Messiah: