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ˈbɛθ lɪˌhɛm, -li əmBeth·le·hem

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Bethlehemnoun

    a town in eastern Pennsylvania on the Lehigh River to the northwest of Philadelphia; an important center for steel production

  2. Bethlehem, Bayt Lahm, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Bethlehem-Judahnoun

    a small town near Jerusalem on the West Bank of the Jordan River; early home of David and regarded as the place where Jesus was born


  1. Bethlehemnoun

    A city in Palestine, believed to be the birthplace of Jesus.

    Matthew 2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem

    Etymology: From the Βηθλεέμ from the בית לחם.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bethlehemnoun

    a hospital for lunatics; -- corrupted into bedlam

  2. Bethlehemnoun

    in the Ethiopic church, a small building attached to a church edifice, in which the bread for the eucharist is made


  1. Bethlehem

    Bethlehem is a Palestinian city located in the central West Bank, neighboring south Jerusalem, with a population of about 25,000 people. It is the capital of the Bethlehem Governorate of Palestinian Authority. The economy is primarily tourist-driven. The Hebrew Bible identifies Bethlehem as the city David was from. The New Testament identifies Bethlehem as the birthplace of Jesus. The town is inhabited by one of the oldest Christian communities in the world, although the size of the community has shrunk due to emigration. Bethlehem was sacked by the Samaritans in 529, but rebuilt by the Byzantine emperor Justinian I. Bethlehem was conquered by the Arab Caliphate of 'Umar ibn al-Khattāb in 637, who guaranteed safety for the city's religious shrines. In 1099, Crusaders captured and fortified Bethlehem and replaced its Greek Orthodox clergy with a Latin one. The Latin clergy were expelled after the city was captured by Saladin, the sultan of Egypt and Syria. With the coming of the Mamluks in 1250, the city's walls were demolished, and were subsequently rebuilt during the rule of the Ottoman Empire.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Bethlehem

    a village 6 m. S. of Jerusalem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ and King David, with a convent containing the Church of the Nativity; near it is the grotto where St. Jerome translated the Bible into Latin.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Bethlehem

    Hebrew for “house of bread.” Hence Bethlehem Hospital, the original name for a lazar or poor house.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Bethlehem in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Bethlehem in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Bethlehem in a Sentence

  1. Jesse Jackson:

    Great things happen in small places. Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Jesse Jackson was born in Greenville.

  2. Rula Ma'aya:

    In history, Bethlehem and Jerusalem were always twin cities, now, Bethlehem is being isolated.

  3. Anton Salman:

    Bethlehem is going through a crisis, we think that the solution to this traffic is to build an underground passage between the two sides of the square.

  4. Mazen Karam:

    If Joseph and Mary came back to Bethlehem, they would be shocked, bethlehem doesn't deserve to be crowded with people and heavy traffic. It should be more open with wide spaces so people can go and enjoy the home of Jesus.

  5. Swedish Carol:

    Dear brightest star o'er Bethlehem, O let your precious light shine in with hope and peace toward men in every home tonight.

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