Today, our journey through biblical locations brings us to Beit Le•chem, Bethlehem, which means in English ‘the house of Bread’.
You all know Beit Le•chem as the birthplace of Jesus:
“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is he who is born King of the Jews? For we saw his star in the east, and have come to worship him'”
The city is mentioned only 8 times in the New Testament, but appears 41 times in the Old Testament. There we learned that Bethlehem was the city of Boaz, who redeemed and married Ruth. Boaz and Ruth gave birth to Obed, who fathered Jesse, who fathered David. Hence, Bethlehem is also the birthplace of David who later became the greatest King of Israel and from whose seeds the Messiah will be born.
“But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father’s sheep at Bethlehem”
In the U.S., there are several towns named after the biblical, Beit Le•chem. There is Bethlehem in Connecticut, New York, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and in New Hampshire.