Back to Bethlehem, Part 3

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Matthew 1:18

18This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.

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Back to Bethlehem, Part 3

“Back to Bethlehem, Part 3” is episode #137 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Paul McCusker, and originally aired on December 22, 1990.


Connie and Eugene go into the Imagination Station and experience the birth of Jesus Christ!


Whit sends Connie and Eugene on a trip in the Imagination Station to witness the birth of Jesus Christ.

Along the way, they encounter a cranky innkeeper, several smelly shepherds, a crazy but sincere Jewish teacher, a hot-headed but romantic young zealot, a callous but romantic Roman general, and a carpenter and his maiden bride.

While the zealot and the general vie for Connie's affections, the teacher explains the strange star up in the sky to Eugene - and they both bear witness to the glory of the newborn King.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Whit said much of what we think about Christmas is pure speculation. Based on what the Bible says, how do you think the first Christmas might have been different than how we picture it?
  2. Bethlehem wasn't a very nice place for a baby to be born. Why was Jesus born there?



VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] The broadcast version of this episode features Chris recapping the previous two.

  • At the end of the episode, Whit breaks the fourth wall after having recited a verse about the birth of Jesus.
  • The final music cue for the incidental action of the episode contains the tune to "O Come, All Ye Faithful." The AIO theme is also blended with the tune to We Wish You a Merry Christmas for the closing wrap.
  • Whit's final line to Eugene in this episode ("Oh, Eugene") would be reused later in #280: “Gone...” for Whit's reaction to Eugene waving goodbye outside the airplane. See Whit's Foreign Lines or this Article for more information.


Judah: You want me to give up my fight against the Romans?! Then you don't know me, Connie. And... and I should never have asked you to become my wife!
Connie Kendall: Well, it's not like I said yes.
Judah: Then you are wiser than I am!
Benjamin: I have cows that are wiser than you!

Judah: When will I stop being rescued by women?

Benjamin: Listen to me, Connie. I don't know who you are or where you come from, but this is not the age of miracles and Messiahs; it is the age of Romans. And there's nothing you, me or that Child can do about it.
Captain Felix: <off mike> Innkeeper, the liniments!
Benjamin: Yes! I'm on my way to get my wife. A poor innkeeper can only do so many things at one time. And if you want a miracle, Connie, then you'd better pray. It'll take a miracle to get them out of the hands of the Romans.
Connie Kendall: You're wrong Benjamin, you're in the middle of a miracle and you don't even see it.

Connie Kendall: Eugene, are you crying?
Eugene Meltsner: I'm not crying. It must be my allergies. All the hay in that stable.
Connie Kendall: Oh, Eugene.

General Lucanus: I leave for Rome in the morning, Felix. It's quieter there.