Thursday, April 8, 2010

What was the name of Mary and Joseph's Donkey?

Well it's not Christmas, but I did say I would blog about any question thrown my way. So what was the name of Mary and Joseph's Donkey as they travelled to Bethlehem?

The first question is really: Did Mary and Joseph even use a donkey? The four gospels are like this:
* Matthew - No information given
* Mark - The writer skips quickly to the ministry of Jesus and says little about the birth of Jesus or any preceeding events
* Luke 2:4-5 -- 'Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child.'
* John doesn't touch on the birth narrative.

To make a serious answer, we would say there is no conclusive evidence from the gospels that Mary and Joseph rode a donkey.

But if they did ride a donkey (which is surely possible), then they may have named him:

* Darren. (Darren the Donkey - What do you think?)

What's most important is that Mary gave birth to a son who can transform your life and mine; forever. His name is Jesus.

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  1. I always thought the donkey was female , so more likely Tanya

  2. I always thought the donkey was female, so more likely "Tanya"

  3. wow. i always thought it was a male, but i didn't know it's name was Darren.

  4. I'm in a wheelchair and its beat up and looks like it's ready to fall apart but god blesses me so much that I have faith this chair would carry me as far as it must. I'd like to name my chair after that donkey. Marry and Joseph had to go a long way and this chair will take me far in jesus name.


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