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Re: The Wise Men
« on: October 01, 2018, 10:07:37 am »
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After an audience with Herod, the wise men departed for Bethlehem; but I don't think they made it because their star reappeared to direct them.

Matt 2:9 . . After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them.

It was their understanding that the king they sought was already born even before they left home to seek him.

Matt 2:2 . . Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east.

There's no telling how much time had gone by before the star came to them in the east.

And then it stood right over the very place where young Jesus was lodged.

Matt 2:9 . . It stopped over the place where the child was.

The place was a house rather than a stable.

Matt 2:11a . . On coming to the house

The men didn't journey to Israel via motorized conveyances. Thy likely traveled via beasts. I don't know how long it took them to get to Jerusalem from their home towns but I strongly suspect that it was long enough for Joseph to take his family back home to Nazareth.

Also, Jesus was very likely no longer an infant; rather, older by the time they arrived.

Matt 2:11b . . They saw the child with his mother

The Greek word for "child" is somewhat ambiguous. It can refer to any underage kid from infancy to adolescence.

I won't hazard a guess as to Jesus' age by the time the men arrived to see him, but I'm thinking he was at least no longer in a bassinet.
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