Mary finds it hard to convince anybody,particularly Joseph,how she fell pregnant and,after she is attacked in the street as an adulteress,Joachim asks Joseph to take her to Bethlehem with him for her own protection. He reluctantly agrees but on the journey he has a dream which makes him more amenable to her explanation. The astronomers camp their caravanserai in the Judean desert and are visited by a wily envoy of Herod,who tries to trick them into leading him to the messiah. However they are cautious and fool him into believing they are returning home before heading for Bethlehem where a frustrated Thomas is considering violent revolt.
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