No Room at the Inn (II)
DESCRIPTION: Song/story -- Mary and Joseph find no room at the inn; the staff treats them haughtily. They return to the stable holding their mule; the animals treat them better than humans had, making room for Mary to give birth, breathing on Jesus to keep him warm
AUTHOR: Song segment unknown; story by Vera Ward Hall
EARLIEST DATE: 1945 (interview with Vera Ward Hall)
KEYWORDS: hardheartedness poverty travel childbirth Bible religious animal family Jesus
FOUND IN: US(SE)
Vera Ward Hall, "No Room at the Inn" (on LomaxCD1706)
NOTES: It probably need not be pointed out that the account of Jesus's birth in Luke (the source for all the incidents mentioned) does not say that the staff of the inn in Bethlehem mistreated Mary and Joseph; it merely says there was no room there.
The behavior of the animals in the stable is equally fictitious; the Lukan account not only doesn't mention animals, it doesn't even explicitly mention a stable! We call it a stable simply because it contained a "manger" (though the Greek word, phatne, feed-trough, sometimes extends to mean a stable). - RBW
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