During that time Caesar Augustus decreed that a census be taken of the whole empire. (This was the first census taken while Quirinius was Syria’s governor). Everyone was required to go to their ancestoral hometown to register for the census.
So Joseph left Nazareth in Galilee to go to Bethlehem in Judea. Bethlehem was David’s town and Joseph belonged to the family and lineage of David. He and Mary, his pregnant fiancee, went together to register for the census in Bethlehem. While there, the time came for her first-born to be delivered. It was a boy. But because there was no room for them in the village inn, she wrapped him in wide strips of cloth and laid him in a manger. (Luke 2:1-7 DSV – Jesus is born)
2:4 – “. . . the city of David . . . called Bethlehem . . .”
“. . . Rachael died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).” (Gen. 35:19 NIV)
“The two women [Naomi & Ruth] came to Bethlehem.” (Ruth 1:19 NIV)
“The women there said, ‘Naomi has a son.’ And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.” (Ruth 4:17 NIV)
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” (Mic. 5:2 NIV)