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man'-jer (phatne): Properly the place in a stall or stable where the food of cattle is placed (in the Old Testament "crib" (Job 39:9; Prov 14:4; Isa 1:3)); thus also, apparently, in the narrative of the nativity in Lk 2:7,12,16. In Septuagint, the Greek word, representing different Hebrew words, has also the extended meaning of "stall" (2 Ch 32:28; Hab 3:17); thus also in Lk 13:15, where the Revised Version margin has "manger." Old tradition says that Jesus was born in a cave in the neighborhood of Bethlehem; even so, a place for food for cattle may have been cut in the side of the rock.
James Orr
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Definition for 'MANGER'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". - ISBE; 1915.

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