I been wondering about this. why would the Father let His Son be born into poverty, as is traditionally held ? or were His earthly family really poor by Jewish standards of their time ? why not a king's palace ? I've read some comments on this by some people. One citing the poor man's offering by Mary of two birds as basis for his believing Jesus was born poor, another citing the fact that Joseph was a master builder, or master carpenter, not just an ordinary one, the equivalent of a contractor in today's time, or of a very experinced carpenter, and therefore would be very much in demand, thus putting his family in the lower if not upper middle class of that time's social strata. so, what do you all hypocritical (IAMWEAK's assessment, not mine) baptists think ? lol.