National Geographic : 1926 Dec
IN THE BIRTHPLACE OF CHRISTIANITY ©National Geographic Society Autochrome Lumiere by Maynard Owen Williams MARY AND JOSEPH MISSED THE BOY JESUS NEAR THIS SPOT Ten miles north of Jerusalem, on a high transverse ridge from which the suburbs of the Holy City can be seen, are two villages: the Mohammedan El-Bireh and the Christian Ramallah. In olden days, because of the abundance of water at this spot on the highroad, this was a favorite stopping place for caravans bound for Samaria, Galilee and Damascus. Fourteenth-century pilgrims decided that this was the spot where the 12-year-old Jesus was missed by Mary and Joseph. It is now only 20 minutes by automobile from the walls of the Holy City. Luke calls it a day's journey, but the best part of the first day is often taken up with preparations.