Members of College Heights Baptist Church tried to bring a bit of first-century Judea to 21st century Soldotna when it opened its recreation of Biblical Bethlehem to visitors on Friday night.
The free exhibit Bethlehem Revisited is open from 5 p.m to 8 p.m through Monday.
College Heights’ version of Bethlehem consists of two rows of open-fronted market booths, where church members offer their recreations of Roman-era arts and crafts, featuring the congregation’s recreation of historical crafts and culture. Church members in robes and keffiyehs roam the market with livestock including goats, sheep, and llamas. The camels, alas, are only painted cut-outs.
At the far end of the market, a stage is arranged as a traditional Nativity scene. Church members portraying Mary, Joseph, and the infant Jesus will make appearances here on the half-hour.