Anyone engaged in serious Bible study knows there are incongruities between the story as we have all seen it portrayed in church and TV and the details of the text. For example, the matter of the “three wise men” comes to mind right away. The text never says there were three wise men. That number is inferred from the three gifts given to Joseph and Mary. Oh well.
But still, every now and again, it’s nice to be reminded of the need to pay attention to the text. Helps to put the story in the right framework.
The Bible Places blog has an interesting summary of the “no room at the inn” issue. And that is juxtaposed with this short piece from our (Logos’) own Bible Study Magazine: “Away in a Manger, but not in a Barn,” by Gary Byers.