Hi - 
To David Kennedy: 
As far as the Messiah being born in Bethlehem - the scripture which is used to 
support this is in Micah (ch 3 I think - no OT handy at the moment): 
But thou, Bethlehem Ephrathah are not the least among my people 
for one is to be born in you who is to be ruler in Israel, whose origins are 
from old, from ancient days... 
I am quoting from rusty memory so please excuse the errata. Now whether the 
Jews of Jesus' day actually understood that the Messiah was to be born in 
Bethlehem, or this scripture is used after the fact to substantiate that Jesus 
was the Messiah,  I do not know. 
Mary Ann Davidson