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The Bethlehem Midwife comment (0)

November 28, 2013

By Martine Bates Sharp


Mark Randall. Bloomington, Ind.: Crossbooks, 2013. 72 pp. (Paperback).

I have often wondered what kind of help Mary may have had as she gave birth to Jesus. It’s hard to imagine that the young Joseph would have been much help, and there is no evidence that any family members traveled with the young couple. Could there have been a midwife nearby who assisted in the birth?

Author Mark Randall wondered the same thing. After some research, he felt that a birth at that time and place would likely have been attended by a midwife. As a physician, Randall drew on his observation of midwives in Zimbabwe and Thailand to write this short, engaging story of how it might have been in the stable in Bethlehem that night. Well written and true to the biblical accounts, “The Bethlehem Midwife” would make a good addition to your Christmas library. 

Randall grew up in Zimbabwe, attended school in Alabama at Samford University in Birmingham and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, then returned to serving the Lord overseas in medical capacities. 

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