Bethlehem[bet̸h′lə hem′, -həm; occas., -lē-]
- ancient town in Judea; traditionally regarded as the birthplace of Jesus (Matt. 2:1): now a town in the West Bank: pop. 20,000: Ar. name Bayt Lahm or Beit Lahm
- city in E Pa.: steel-producing center: pop. 71,000
Origin of Bethlehemafter Bethlehem, Judea
Origin of BethlehemLate Latin (Vulg.) ; from Classical Greek Bēthleem ; from Classical Hebrew (language) bet-lechem, literally , house of bread
- A town in the West Bank south of Jerusalem. It is the traditional birthplace of Jesus.
- A city of eastern Pennsylvania on the Lehigh River north-northwest of Philadelphia. It is an important steel-producing center and the site of Moravian College (established 1742) and Lehigh University (1865).
From the Ancient Greek Βηθλεέμ (Bēthleem) from the Hebrew בֵּית לֶחֶם (bet léchem).