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RESOURSES, & Viewers & About the Author
These are some of the resources which you may find useful for further study and
presentation of the history covered by this wrb site.
Rose Publishing has a wonderful selection of charts and materials for display 
on many aspects of Biblical and Church history. These can be a valuable resource
 for you.
Rose Publishing, Inc.
4733 Torrance Blvd.  #259
Tprrance, CA 90503 USA
Phone: 310-353-2100
Toll Free: 800-53-CHART    (800-532-4278)

The Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible, 5 volumes, 
ed. Merrill C. Tenny, 1975.  
Worth its weight in gold, but selling now for less than $50.
The information on the Magi is especially interesting.
For new and used Christian books and history books at good prices

140 Summit St., Peabody, MA 01960

Phone: 1-800-CHRISTIAN (1-800-247-4784)

International Callers: 978-977-5000

Dr. Paul Maier of Western Michigan University has published several
 fact filled books, written in a popular style, on the people and events 
mentioned  in the Bible. These are available on the Internet.

Temple Mount and Dome of The Rock, Jerusalem,

and Jesus, The substitute Sacrifice

A useful article by D. Jabal titled, 

"Could Jesus Really Be a Substitute Sacrifice for Us"and sub-titled 

"The importance of The Dome of The Rock in Jerusalem" can be found at:

That website especially answers questions and concerns of Muslims from Biblical 

Christian perspectives.

IF your display shows a picture or drawing of the Dome of The Rock on the 

Temple Mount in Jerusalem, some information from that article may be valuable

especially the part about the various events which took place at that site since the

time of Abraham.

Date of Birth and Star in East and over Bethlehem ideas -
There is a good scholarly paper by Colin Humphreys
analyzing astronomical events and the possible
Star being observed and recorded by Chinese astronomers in 5 B.C. 
Humphreys calculated the Birth being in the Spring, in the period
March 9 to May 4, 5 B.C. Reasons are given to tentatively
determine the Birth of Jesus, The Lamb of God, in the
period around Passover time perhaps 13-27 April, 5 B.C.

For Information about the background and writing and educational
value ofThe Messiah, an Oratorio, by George Frederick Handel



Various retailers sell kits for making models of the wilderness Tabernacle which actually served for about 400 years and also there are models and kits for making small replicas of

the Jerusalem Temple. See on the Internet. These can be very useful and instructive year- round in classes and for displays.



Jews for Jesus is a fine organization that has many good materials which may be of help and interest. This is a group of Jewish believers in Messiah (Jesus Christ).


Messianic groups of Believers in Jesus are in many of the larger cities . Some are listed in the telephone books under “Churches” or on the Internet.


“Perspectives On The World Christian Movement” is an exciting local college level one semester course (with study materials) that are available throughout North America and in some other countries and languages.  It tells the Biblical revelation that “The Living God is a Missionary God.”  It shows the growth and spread of the followers of Jesus and past mission works are evaluated. Today’s growth and where you might fit in are explored. See


You may quickly find much useful interesting information on-the Internet. Some care and discretion are needed to avoid materials from highly biased religious entities and people who may ignore facts in preference to their particular beliefs.



Pictures of some Greek and Roman kings can be seen on ancient coins and many of these are seen on the Internet and some pictures may be copied for display.



The Internet has a lot of interesting information about Dionysius Exiguus, the monk who calculated when the Birth of Christ occurred. But the information to which he had access in the 500’s, was not complete nor was ot always exactly accurate, therefore he miscalculated by about one percent. Now we calculate that the Birth must have occurred in 5 B.C. or possibly 4 B.C. sometime before the death of King Herod the Great in 4 B.C.


For a background on the archaeology of a portion of the Prelude from 876-721 B.C.  in Israel and Judah, you may look on-line at the write-up and many artifacts in the dissertation of my wife,  Dr. Patricia Depew, titled.

“he archaeological sources which elucidate the history of the northern kingdom and neighboring lands: from Omri (876 BCE) to the exile (721 BCE) by Patricia Ruth Depew.” This may be found in pdf form at at

Info about Persia is the subbject of an excellent DVD entitled

“Persepolis – Rediscovering  The Lost Capital Of The Persian Empire” 

60 minutes  A film   -  by Gotz Balonier - 

distributed by Kultur International Films
- Long Beach, NJ 07764 

An article about many verses of Scripture regarding salvation and eternity is at


  SIGNS - To make signs in the Hebrew or Greek languages find the word(s) in the English Bible, then look up the verse and word(s) in the Interlinear texts below. .

For the Prelude and Town sections, Hebrew signs may be useful.



For certain careful uses in the Town, Postlude and Future sections  Greek may be useful.


If there is someone available who has some familiarity with the language (or at least with the alphabet of the language), you might receive some assistance from such person. A member of the clergy or a professor could help you.


 The "JESUS FILM" has been translated into more than 1,000 languages and viewed by about 2 Billion viewers. It is based on the record in the Gospel of Luke. DVDs are available which have several different spoken languages and some different sub-titles. DVDs in bulk (50s) and more information are available at    phone 800-667-0558.  

In the USA, perhaps the most useful general edition is the International Scholars Edition with 15 languages: Arabic, Cantonese, English, Farsi, French, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, Urdu and Vietnamese.




 VIEWERS from around the world look at this bethlehem5bc web site

Who has been looking at this web site?  Starting in October, 2009, we begin recording the nations from which visitors came.  People viewed from within these nations:   Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada,  China, Czech Rep., Denmark, Dubai, Finland, France, Germany,  Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lithuania,   Latvia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Mozambique, Netherlands & the old Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, PakistanPhilippines, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Senegal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America and Venezuela.




David A. Depew has broadcast radio Bible studies on shortwave in the Middle-East since 1984.The programs are also now heard on the Internet at 
He has taught at Bible colleges and seminaries in America, southern Africa and the Philippines. He has studied and been in the Middle-East 10 times and during 5 of those times was leading Christian study tours with his wife, Dr. Patricia R. Depew. She holds the doctorate in Biblical Studies, with a specialty in Biblical Archaeology. She retired from being a Registered Nurse.  David was a scientist, specializing in microbiology and later became a lawyer and practiced law for 23 years. Both he and Patricia studied in Jerusalem at the Institute of Holy Land Studies in 1985.  In 1990, David and Patricia completed studies and earned Masters of Biblical Studies degrees from Liberty University. Then in 1995, David earned an advanced degree in law, a Doctor of Jurisprudence while specializing in studying the civil and criminal laws of the Dead Sea Scrolls and of the Torah.  In 1990, the Depews participated in the first season of the archaeological excavation at Tel Jezreel in Israel, where the wicked Israelite King Ahab and Queen Jezebel lived and where the righteous Naboth refused to sell his inherited vineyard to those wicked royals. 

David’s mother was born in Bulsar (now Valsad city), Gujarat, India in 1908 of German missionary parents, George E. Berg and Mary (Dorr) Berg. They ministered in Kerala and Banglore, southern India. In 1904, they were asked to represent the early Church of The Nazarene in Teethul , Sarat District of India. 
. David's gather was Rev. Arthur E. Depew. Davit;s grandfather built church buildings for the Wesleyan Methodist Church. Because they planned to go to india, both of David’s parents were ordained and pastored Wesleyan Methodist Churches in New York and California. Patricia and David have taught in Wesleyan, Nazarene and independent Bible colleges and in churches of several denominations.

 David and Patricia continue their teaching and writing work. 
They appreciate your continuing prayers for David's eyesight, because
he has been legally blind since 1998 and the sight is diminishing. 

They trust that the material on this web site will be a blessing to you and that some of the information and ideas can be used by you to bless visitors to your display.



May you have a wonderful and blessed Bethlehem display which can reach many hearts.


IF you have comments or questions on this Bethlehem 5 B.C. website or if you spot errors, please write to me, David Depew at:  





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