Top 10 ... Jesus birth facts

1 Bethlehem:

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Jesus's birthplace, a Palestinian city located in the disputed West Bank.

2 Nazareth: His childhood home, it is known as the Arab Capital of Israel.

3 Joseph: Described in some gospels as the stepfather of Jesus and husband of his mother Mary.

4 Mary: Said to have conceived Jesus miraculously while she was waiting to marry Joseph.

5 Three Wise Men: Gaspar, Melchior and Balthasar are said to have followed a star from the Middle East to Jesus' manger.

6 Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh: Gifts brought by the Magi thought to have been traditional in honouring a king.

7 King Herod: Said to have ordered the Massacre of the Innocents after hearing of Jesus' birth.

8 The Shepherds: Told by an angel of the birth of a "saviour" while they were tending their sheep.

9 Swaddling clothes: The practice of wrapping children tightly to restrict limb movement.

10 Star of Bethlehem: Said to have guided the Wise Men to the manger where Jesus lay.

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