Harriet Claiborne, left, and Jane Prescott-Smith "peddle" items during a re-creation of the Bethlehem Marketplace at St. Philip's church.


The Church School children of St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church are presenting a re-enactment of a bustling market in Jesus' day.

The popular interactive event will be from 10:15 to about 11:15 a.m. Sunday in the plaza at St. Philip's, 4440 N. Campbell Ave. at East River Road.

Markets in ancient Bethlehem were exciting, commotion-filled places. Merchants hawked everything from fresh produce to linen cloth to brass lamp stands. Exotic animals such as apes and peacocks were offered, along with sheep and goats for sacrifices.

According to Middle Eastern custom, buyer and seller had to haggle over the price of every item.

St. Philip's Bethlehem Marketplace will not include apes and peacocks, or anything for sale, but visitors can savor the aromas of the spice shop and fruit peddler, stop by the bakery for samples of warm bread and taste olives and other fare.

Artisans will demonstrate their crafts amid the sights, sounds and smells of ancient Bethlehem.

The public is invited to the re-enactment, which is free.

Visitors can park in the north parking lot at the church or under the solar covered parking structure on the east side of the church campus. For more information, call St. Philip's at 299-6421.

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