Daily Archives: October 5, 2009

Ramsay: Was Christ Born at Bethlehem?

I have created a PBB resource of William M. Ramsay’s book, Was Christ Born at Bethlehem? You can download it by clicking the attachment link below.

Ramsay discusses the question of the location of Christ’s birth in light of the archaelogical proofs and historical facts that support the Biblical claim as recorded in the gospel of Luke.



William Mitchell Ramsay

Classical and New Testament scholar; archaeologist.

Born at Glasgow, Scotland, Ramsay was educated at Aberdeen and Oxford. As professor of humanity (Latin) at Aberdeen (1886–1911), he was able to spend many of the long vacations in Asia Minor, continuing his research as an archaeologist, a practice he had begun in 1880. He soon made himself the foremost authority of his day on the geography and early history of the area. His Historical Geography of Asia Minor (1890) and The Church in the Roman Empire before A.D. 170 (1893) remain of basic importance for their subjects. In 1883 he had discovered the funerary inscription of Abercius, bishop of Hierapolis in the late second century.