From: Michael Hardy
To: Dan Ceppa
Date: Jan 30 1996 8:35:00 pm
Subject: census
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-> On 01-25-96  19:12, Michael Hardy got back to Dan Ceppa

MH> And you didn't address what may be the more important point -- if the
MH> story of Joseph and Mary having to travel to Bethlehem is so
MH> farfetched, then how did the gospel story get taken seriously among
MH> people who would have known that?

DC> Isn't myth-making so much fun!

MH> Do you have an answer for my question?

DC> It's already been answered, Mikey.  You, yourself, confirmed it
DC> with your post about the census taken in Egypt.

DC> Your little trip to Bethlehem is nothing more than a device plot
DC> to make the man fit the myth.

Another note: Several people here have talked about the implausibility
of the census requiring a woman "about to give birth" to travel. The
Biblical account in no way suggests that Mary was anywhere near term
when they traveled. It only says she was "expecting a child," and that
the time for the baby to be born came "while they were there" in
Bethlehem. There's no indication of how long they were there -- it
could have been several weeks.

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