Like most nativity scenes, this one brings together the gospel accounts of Jesus’ birth with all the important characters; Jesus, Mary, Joseph, a few adorable animals, the local shepherds, as well as the three wise men and their camels. Unfortunately though, the wise men are blocked from seeing their Lord and savior because of the 28 foot concrete barrier.
This nativity set holds a special place in the hearts of Bethlehem Bible College faculty, students, and staff. The wall that goes around Bethlehem (to the North and West) causes a significant amount of day-to-day suffering for Palestinian Christians; and our college is located just two blocks away from it. View this interactive map by B’tselem, an Israeli Human Rights organization, to see where the walls and settlements around Bethlehem stand. With this nativity set we are able to powerfully share the story of the current socio-political realities in Bethlehem and are reminded of the barriers that still need to be overcome in sharing the good news of God’s peace.
Note: Due to the nature of olive wood and the individuality of the artisans and their processes, the product may differ slightly from the picture posted.