Live always at the edge of poetic possibilty, even in the face of severe prose. - Walter Bruggemann

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Nativity in Bethlehem

Yesterday I was in Bethlehem once again and I discovered the International Nativity Museum - World Cribs. In twelve darkened rooms there was displayed over 400 Nativity Scenes from many countries and regions. I was very lucky to be there on a day when there was a small group going throught the museum. A woman from the Centre below offered me access to the museum. It has been essentially closed since the second intifada due to lack of funds and tourism.

Christians around the world name Bethlehem as Jesus' birth place, Arab Christians often say, it is the "City of the Crib", Madinat al-mahed. Hope you enjoy just a few of the Nativity sets. The museum is in works conjunction with the Salesian Artistic Centre. Tomorrow I will tell you more about the Centre and show photos.


chuck said...

Makes the Knights of Columbus look pretty chumpy, hey?

Suzanne said...

Yeh - sorry to say, it does.