The desert town has changed repeatedly in the Christian era, as churches and shrines edged out older structures. Intriguingly, the makeovers were almost all the work of women.
Nicholas Blincoe is a bestselling, award-winning novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. Married to the Bethlehem filmmaker Leila Sansour, he co-produced two feature-length documentaries on the Palestine-Israel conflict, Jeremy Hardy vs. the Israeli Army and Open Bethlehem. Blincoe has long divided his time between London and Bethlehem.