Are you sure?
by Rob Kerby, Senior Editor
No room at the inn? Were Joseph and Mary really turned away by a callous innkeeper – who relented because Mary was in labor – and let the Holy Family camp out in the barn? Luke’s phrase “there was no room at the inn” is often taken to mean that Mary and Joseph couldn’t find a local Hilton in town. But this is highly doubtful. Bethlehem was a very small village with no major roads. So a traveler’s inn would have been extremely unlikely.