Did The Wise Men (Magi) Arrive 12 Days After Jesus’ Birth? Or Was It Much Later?
“WHO Were the Wise Men?” has previously been discussed. as well as “HOW Did They Know?” Let us now explore the question, “WHEN DID THE WISDOM MEN ARRIVE?” “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” a classic Christmas carol, is about the twelve days of gift-giving that occur throughout the holiday season. Gifts are added to the list with each passing day, based on the day’s number. The most famous feature is the ringing chorus of “five golden rings,” which is sung on the fifth day of the festival. In addition to being a lovely tune to sing, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” also has a nice trivia question: How many gifts were given out during the song?
That is a significant number of presents.
A Theological Significance to the 12 Days of Christmas
The church has historically held that the 12 days between the birth of Jesus and the arrival of the Magi indicate the period of time between the two events. The celebrations begin on Christmas Day (or, in some traditions, the day following Christmas) and conclude with the feast of the Epiphany, which is celebrated on January 6th this year.
The Feast of Epiphany
This feast day remembers the day the three wise men arrived at Jesus’ home and presented him with gifts. Some churches’ liturgical calendars refer to this day as “Three Kings’ Day,” which is a reference to the three kings of Saudi Arabia. Some traditions also say that the Feast of the Three Kings commemorates the day on which John the Baptist baptized Jesus. Is this, however, the case in reality?
What does the Bible say?
According to the gospel of Matthew, the Three Wise Men came from the Persian Empire (see Who were the Three Wise Men? for further information). While traveling to Jerusalem in search of the Christ child, they were guided by a bright light in the sky. When they came, they approached King Herod and enquired about the location of the one and only “born King of the Jews” (Mat 2:2). Then, guided once more by the light, they ultimately discovered the infant near the spot where the star had come to rest.
Arrival After The Dedication of Jesus?
Mary and Joseph carried their kid to the temple in order for him to be dedicated to the Lord, as prescribed by the Law of Moses. 2:22 (Luke 2:22) As soon as the days of her purification stipulated by the Law of Moses were over, they carried him to Jerusalem to offer him to the Lord; the period for this dedication was expressly defined by the Law of Moses (Lev 12:2-4). After the birth of Jesus, the days of Mary’s purification were to take place at least 40 days later. A lady was considered filthy for seven days after giving birth.
After then, it was necessary to wait 33 days before a woman’s purification was complete.
12:6 (Lev 12:6) If she is expecting a son or a daughter, when the days of her purification are completed, she is required to bring a lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, and a young pigeon or a turtledove, for a sin offering, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, to the priest:This offering was to be made before the Lord, in order to make atonement for the woman and to cleanse her from the issue of blood.
What an appropriate offering it would be to make “a lamb of the first year” and a bird of prey (a young pigeon or a turtledove).
There was also a provision created for individuals who could not afford to make a lamb offering. This type of situation allowed the woman to carry two turtledoves or two juvenile pigeons with her.
An Offering of Birds by Mary and Joseph
It is recorded in Luke 2:24 that Mary made an offering of birds (plural). That Mary and Joseph did not have the sufficient means to purchase a lamb for their burned offering is an evidence of their financial inability. It has long been speculated that if the Three Wise Men had visited 12 days after the birth of Jesus, Mary and Joseph would have been presented with the priceless gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. If this had been the case, Mary would have been able to present a blood sacrifice in the shape of a lamb to the Lord in order to cleanse herself.
Arrival When Jesus was Two Years Old?
Some believe that the Wise Men did not visit until Jesus was two years old and was residing in a home in Nazareth, rather than when he was born. This is based on Matthew 2:11-11, to be precise. When the Three Wise Men “went into the home and saw the little boy,” we are informed that they were “astonished.” When you combine that with Herod’s command that all children under the age of two should be put to death, it’s easy to see why some believe Jesus was close to two years old when the Three Wise Men came.
- There isn’t any proof to back up this claim.
- The Greek term paidion, which is translated as “little kid,” is used by Matthew to describe a small child.
- The assumption of Jesus’ age in accordance with Herod’s order is also dubious.
- Keep in mind that the Wise Men were meant to report back to Herod on their findings (Matt 2:8).
The Wise Men “Came Into the House”
We know that Jesus was born in a stable, which was a facility that housed animals. The location may have been a stable or a cave, but the most likely location was the bottom floor of a relative’s house, where animals were housed during the colder months. The word “inn” that we translate as “upper room” comes from the Greek word for “lower level,” and it has been hypothesized that Mary and Joseph stayed in the lower level of a Bethlehem house, and that after all of the guests who had been there for the census had left, the relatives invited Mary and Joseph to the upper room where they were welcomed.
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As a result, it’s plausible that the Wise Men were guided to Nazareth by the star, but it’s improbable that their journey would have taken more than two years.
It seems undeniable that the story of the Three Wise Men arriving 12 days after Jesus’ birth is inaccurate. The time does not seem to be right. Because Mary and Joseph were devoted Jews, if they had received the beautiful gifts of great value from the Three Wise Men, they might have sold part of the gold, frankincense, or myrrh and used the proceeds to purchase a lamb to sacrifice to God. Instead, they offered birds, with the offering intended for the impoverished who did not have the financial resources to purchase a lamb on their behalf.
So, how long did it take the Wise Men to get to Bethlehem after Jesus’ birth? We simply do not know what to do. The available evidence, on the other hand, is adequate to conclude that it was not 12 days. It would have taken more than 40 days, but it would have taken less time than two years. When it comes to Jesus, we know from the Wise Men that the right reaction is to bow our heads and worship him. When the Wise Men discovered Him, they bowed down and worshipped Him, regardless of His age at the time.
When Did the Three Wise Men Visit Jesus?
The sequence of events that occurred between the time of Christ’s birth and the time He went to live in Nazareth is hotly debated. The time of the Magi’s arrival is the most contentious issue, and this is where the debate begins. If this can be known, it may be possible to schedule the other events with relative ease. The arrival of the Magi was traditionally dated to the 6th of January, or the 13th day after the birth of Jesus, according to ancient and contemporary traditions. In that case, assuming that the star heralded His birth and that they departed as soon as it appeared, they would have been on their trip for just around 10 days at that point.
- It is currently commemorated in both the Greek and Roman Churches with reference to the two preceding events, with the adoration of the Magi being the most significant of these events in both churches.
- The tradition, on the other hand, did not command widespread acceptance.
- Others have speculated that the date of January 6th was chosen only for the sake of convenience, rather than having any actual chronological relation to the event.
- Secondly, Jesus and His parents returned to Nazareth immediately after the presentation, indicating that the presentation must have taken place prior to their visit (Luke 2; see also Mark 2).
- However, none of these arguments is conclusive.
- Many of the fathers believe that they discovered Him still in the manger, or stall, which may be correct if the manger was in a cave at the back of the home.
- However, this is a purely arbitrary interpretation.
- He doesn’t tell anything about the Magi, about the slaughter of the children, or about the journey into Egypt.
The following is an adaptation of The Life of Our Lord on the Earth by Samuel James Andrews. Credit for the photo: iStock/Getty Images Plus/Denis-Art Photo Credit:
How Old was Jesus when the Wise Men Came?
Every Christmas, it seems, someone, whether a priest, a friend, or a teacher, asserts that the Nativity scenes and the traditional Christmas tale are all incorrect because Jesus had to have been a toddler by the time the three kings arrived in Bethlehem, according to tradition. Is this something from the Bible? I’d want to provide a definitive solution to the issue, “How old was Jesus when the Wise Men came?” once and for all. There are two points of view on this issue. Traditionally, it is believed that Jesus was born as a baby.
The alternative school of thought holds that Jesus was one or two years old at the time of his death.
The Wise Men/Toddler Jesus View
The Three Wise Men/The Toddler The acts of King Herod at the time of Jesus’ birth appear to have influenced the way people regard Jesus. When the three wise men came to him in search of the Messiah, he inquired as to when the star had first shown (Matthew 2:7). The three wise men traveled to Jerusalem to pay their respects to Jesus before returning home. Herod was “extremely enraged” when the wise men failed to return to him as requested, and “sent forth and killed all the children who were in Bethlehem, and on all of its coasts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men,” according to the Bible.
The Three Wise Men/The Toddler Herod’s view is supported by the majority of Jesus’ followers.
While these arguments appear to be solid, a deeper analysis of the Bible and its underlying Greek language reveals several significant flaws.
The Start of the Star
The Bible does not state that Jesus was born at the time of the first appearance of the star. Those who claim He was are only speculating. Despite the fact that Herod was a powerful ruler, he was unaware of Jesus’ birth. Just because he ordered the execution of children under the age of two does not imply that Jesus was under the age of two at the time of the execution. It appears that Herod also believed that Jesus may have been a newborn infant only a few days old, as he also ordered the execution of newborn newborns throughout his reign.
A Baby is Called a Young Child Too
Paidion is the Greek word that is used to refer to a small kid. It is not limited to children under the age of three. It’s also possible that it’s a newborn infant. When John the Baptist was eight days old, the Greek word paidion was used to describe him (Luke 1:59,66,76,80). It is used three times in the Gospel of Luke: when Jesus was born (Luke 2:17), when he was eight days old (Luke 2:21), and when he was forty days old (Luke 2:17). (Luke 2:27,40). In fact, the word paidion is used of Jesus when the shepherds were there on the night of Jesus’ birth (Luke 2:17), exactly one verse after the word infant (brephos) is used to refer to Jesus.
As a result, simply though Jesus is referred to as a little kid (paidion) in the story of the wise men (Matthew) does not imply that he was younger than a newborn.
An Inn was a Room in a House
When people traveled during the time of the Bible, they stayed in people’s homes as unpaid guests because hotels were extremely rare. There were no Holiday Inns or Motel 6s to be found here. The law of Moses ordered the Jews to treat outsiders as if they were their own and not to take advantage of them in any way (Leviticus 19:33). It was wrong for them to charge money for travelers to spend the night. Given this, it is exceedingly doubtful that there was ever a guesthouse or a hotel in Bethlehem.
- Luke 2:7 is the only place where the Greek word for inn (kataluma) is rendered as inn.
- It is clear from those passages that it is a room in a house, not an inn, that is being referred to.
- During Israel’s three national holidays, Jews from all across the country flocked to Jerusalem and slept in residences as non-paying guests, bringing a unique flavor to the city.
- What is now referred to be an inn in Bethlehem was most likely a guest room in someone’s home prior to the time of Jesus.
- Someone in the guest room is likely to have offered to sleep in the barn so that Mary and Jesus may be able to sleep in the home when the other guests in the guest room learned that Mary had given birth to Jesus.
- The mention of a house does not require or hint that Jesus was not a baby.
- There was an inn in Bethlehem and there was no room in the inn for Jesus.
- A thirty-story building with a large lighted sign on top that reads “Bethlehem Inn” and can accommodate thousands of people?
- It was not in New York City in the twenty-first century.
- They didn’t have any skyscrapers back then.
- If there had been an inn in Bethlehem, it would have been in a house, and it would have been the same house that the three wise men visited.
The Wise Men Arrived in Jerusalem When Jesus Was Born
Matthew 2:1 provides one another argument in favor of the Wise Men/Baby Jesus viewpoint. According to the Scriptures, “When Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judaea during the reign of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem.” (KJV) In this passage, it is said that the three wise men arrived in Jerusalem “around the time of Jesus’ birth.” They didn’t show up a year later, either. They arrived shortly after he was born. In Greek, the phrase “when Jesus was born” is an aorist participle.
An aorist participle is one in which the action of the participle (Jesus’ birth) is closely followed by the action of the main verb (Jesus was born) (wise men came to Jerusalem).
Bethlehem was only a half-walk day’s away from the city of Jerusalem. When the wise men arrived in Jerusalem at the time of Jesus’ birth, it didn’t take them long to make their way to Bethlehem.
We Know When they Returned to Nazareth
One other piece of evidence supporting the Wise Men/Baby Jesus viewpoint is Joseph, Mary, and Jesus’ return to Nazareth. It only happened once, and both the wise men’s (Matthew) and the shepherd’s (Luke) accounts of the event record it as having occurred. The shepherd’s account (Luke) makes it abundantly clear that they returned to Nazareth (Luke 2:39) very close to 40 days after Jesus’ birth, “when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed,” i.e., when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed (Luke 2:22).
As a result, the visit of the wise men, Joseph and Mary’s journey to Egypt, and their return journey all had to take place within 40 days of the birth of Jesus Christ.
The Christmas Timeline
What was the relationship between these events? Here is a narrative that mixes the two stories in the order in which they were written. It was necessary for Mary and Joseph to travel to Bethlehem in order to be taxed. As soon as they arrived, they proceeded to the home of Joseph’s relative. His relatives had a guest room, but the guest room was completely booked, so they had to stay in the barn instead. In the barn, Jesus was born in the middle of the night. Shepherds were visited by angels who informed them of the birth of Jesus.
- When they returned, they informed everyone of what had occurred.
- That night or the next morning, a relative of Joseph’s took Mary and the infant into the house and threw away some other distant relatives who had been staying there.
- Herod inquired of the persons tasked with the task of copying the Old Testament by hand, and they said that Bethlehem was the best location.
- The three wise men set out on their several-hour journey to Bethlehem in the chill of the night to avoid being overheated.
- They entered the house and presented him with presents.
- They got up and departed.
- He, Mary, and Jesus embarked on their journey to Egypt.
Herod had seen that the three wise men had not come home.
Joseph, Mary, and Jesus were in Egypt for approximately a month when the story begins.
Joseph’s dream was interrupted once more by an angel, who assured him that it was fine to return to Israel.
Simeon and Anna identified the infant Jesus as the Messiah when he was a few days old.
Because he was concerned about the attention his Son was receiving in Jerusalem, he and his family traveled west out of Israel and then north to Nazareth.
When the wise men visited, how old was Jesus at the time? Even though the Bible does not specify how old He was, we may safely assume that He was somewhere between 0 and several days old based on what we know about Him thus far. He was not a child of one or two years.
How old was Jesus when the wise men found Him?
What was Jesus’ age when the three wise men discovered Him?
The conception of Jesus Christ is recorded in Luke 1:26-56, and His birth is recorded in Luke 2:1-7 in the gospel of Luke. In accordance with Mosaic tradition, Jesus was taken to the temple eight days later to be circumcised and given the name of Jesus. Afterwards, in accordance with Leviticus 12:4-5, He was brought to the temple and consecrated to God 40 days after his conception. The wise men, sometimes known as the magi, paid a visit to Christ some time later (Matthew 2:1-11). The solution to this question may be found in Matthew 2:11, and Matthew 16:13–16.
Birth of Christ In A Manger
The gospel of Luke informs us that Jesus Christ was born in a manger because His parents were unable to find lodging in the local inn where they were staying. Her firstborn son was born, and she wrapped Him in cloths and placed Him in a manger because there was no room for them at the inn. 2:7 (Luke 2:7) (NASB) The Greek term for “manger” is isphatne, which literally translates as “a box or crib where animals are kept for feeding.” As a result, we know that Jesus was born either in a cave or on the ground level of a structure, because it was common practice in those days to put animals on the ground floor during the night, when the weather was chilly.
In Bethlehem, this was a regular occurrence.
It is suggested in the following slides that Mary and Joseph were denied admission to the pleasant guest room and that Mary gave birth in the area of the home that housed the animals.
Magi Find Jesus In A House
A few months later, according to the Gospel of Matthew, some magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem and inquired as to where the Jewish king would be born. (Matthew 2:1-3; Mark 2:1-3) The Jewish chief priests and scribes were questioned by Herod the Great, the Roman governor, about the location of His birth. Following a search of the Scriptures by the Jewish top priests and scribes, they informed Herod and the magi that the Christ would be born at Bethlehem (Matthew 2:4-8). As a result, the magi traveled towards the direction of the light in the sky.
- Following their entrance into the home, they were met by the Child and Mary His mother, and they immediately dropped to the ground and worshipped Him.
- Matthew 2:11 (KJV) (NASB) In verse 11, it is stated that Jesus was residing in a residence.
- It is not true that Christ was now residing in a stable when the magi arrived, as shown in popular nativity scenes and paintings.
- When the magi came to honor Him and give Him gifts, there were no shepherds or angels to accompany them.
Between the magi’s arrival in Jerusalem and their visit to the home, it is impossible to determine how much time had gone between them. However, it is exceedingly implausible that the events occurred in a short period of time.
All Males Under Two Are Murdered
When Herod learned that the magi had not returned to give him the specific location of where the Christ was residing, Matthew 2:16 tells us that he ordered the execution of every child under the age of two years. As soon as Herod realized that he had been duped by the magi, he became extremely enraged and dispatched a squad to slaughter all of the male children who were in Bethlehem and its environs, from two years old and under, in accordance with the time that he had determined from the magi’s calculations.
As a result, Herod slaughtered all children under the age of two years old.
Continue reading “Are there any secular allusions to Herod killing kids under the age of two?” for further information.
Jesus was around two years old when the wise men, also known as magi, came to visit Him, according to the gospel of Matthew. Everything that the Bible has to say is fascinating to contemplate. In this particular instance, the age of Christ is significant because it allows us to better grasp the fulfillment of a prophesy in Jeremiah. Jeremiah 31:15 is quoted in Matthew 2:17. As a result, the prophecy of Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: “A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and profound sadness, Rachel sobbing for her children; and she refused to be consoled, for they were no longer there.” The Bible says in Matthew 2:17, “It is written, “It is written, “It is written, “It is written, “It is written, “It is written, “It is written, “It is written, “It is written, “It is written, “It is written, “It is written, “It is written, “It is written, “It is written, “It is written, “It is written, “It (NASB) It is possible to comprehend why young children were slaughtered in the prophecy of Jeremiah 31:15 if we look at Matthew 2:17.
We can express our gratitude to God for the numerous specifics He has provided us in Scripture.
The Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament: Based on Semantic Domains by Louw and Nida is a good place to start. united bible societies, p.69 (United Bible Societies, 1996). A church founder from the first century CE, Justin Martyr, claims that Jesus was born in a cave (Letter to Paulinius, 58.3). “Luke 2, Photo Companion,” the third installment. BiblePlaces.com.
Jesus is born in the town of Bethlehem. The Arrival of the Three Wise Men Is it possible that Jesus was born in September? — In accordance with the arrival of the Magi Is it true that Jesus was born on December 25th? — Historians’ Accounts of Events Where was Jesus when the three wise men came upon Him and presented Him with gifts? What did the presents of gold, frankincense, and myrrh have to do with Christ’s gifts? Is there any evidence that Herod killed children under the age of two in the secular world?
What was the purpose of the children who died around the time of Christ’s birth, and why did they die? Is it more likely that Jesus was born in September or on December 25? — Using the birth of John the Baptist as an example During what period of time did King Herod the Great reign and pass away?
Who arrives on the 12th day of Christmas? Three Wise Men, of course
The museum’s curator of Latino history and culture in the Home and Community Life division, Dr. Margaret Salazar-Porzio, and intern Jonathan Borda discuss the highlights of the museum’s collection of Three Kings sculptures in honor of Three Kings Day on January 6. For many individuals in the United States, singing about the 12 days of Christmas is a childhood memory. It is a classic song of 12 cumulative verses that each time involve an increasing and increasing quantity of presents; remember the ringing chorus, “five golden rings”?
Even the animals bow down to the child Jesus in this representation of the Three Kings from Latin America.
As recorded in the Gospel of Matthew, the men discovered the heavenly infant at Bethlehem after traveling over the desert in search of it with the North Star.
It took them three days to travel by horse, camel, and elephant (respectively) from Bethlehem to the city of Nazareth to give the newborn baby Jesus three symbolic gifts: gold, because Jesus was royalty as “King of the Jews,” frankincense, which represented the baby’s holy nature as the Son of God, and myrrh, which represented Jesus’ mortality.
- Because of the biblical Nativity narrative, January 6th is not only a holy day in many families, but it is also honored in a variety of ways all around the world on this day of celebration.
- The set is now on show in the exhibition, Many Voices, One Nation, which is currently taking place.
- In Argentina, for example, people dress up like the three kings and ride camels in public festivals and parades to raise awareness.
- If the children have been nice during the year, they will get toys that have been left in the shoe boxes for them.
- The Great Fruit Cake Toss is a tradition in Colorado that involves individuals costumed as kings and fools competing to see who can toss their fruitcake the farthest.
- King Cakes are traditionally baked for the occasion, and, unlike the aforementioned fruitcakes, these are really eaten and appreciated by everybody.
- The Smithsonian Institution has a large collection of Tres Reyes figurines.
She has also written on her blog on how the Day of the Dead is not the same as Halloween. Jonathan Borda is a museum intern who works in the education department.
How long did the wise men travel (time) before they saw the baby Jesus?
Number one in Matthew 2:13 (NKJV): The wise men from the East came to Jerusalem after Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea during the reign of Herod the Great, as recorded in the book of Matthew. 2 Putting it another way, “What happened to the One who was born King of the Jews? We have come to worship Him because we have seen His star in the East and have come to honor Him. On December 22nd, 2020, ClarifyShareReportAsked robert fowler is a well-known author. The responses from the community are arranged according to how many people voted for them.
The biblical narrative does not include any precise information on the origins of the three wise men or the length of time it took them to arrive to the city of Bethlehem.
It is important to note that the term “East” is capitalized in the passages above, suggesting that these great men belonged to the “Eastern School of Astrology (Astronomy).” Almost certainly, this institution was located in Babylon, which served as the capital city of both the “Babylonian Empire” and the “Medo-Persian” empires at different times.
- Individuals and camels with a big cargo may travel around 30 kilometers in a single day.
- These wise men were well-versed in the prophesies (predictions) of a great Jewish ruler who was to come, the Messiah, and were conversant with the traditions of the time.
- When Israel was invaded and exiled, there was a lot of confusion (Israel to Assyria, Judah and Jerusalem to Bablyon).
- The Babylonian and subsequently Medo-Persian governments, in particular, were dominated by Daniel and his companions, who rose to positions of power.
- In the beginning, the wise men traveled to Jerusalem because they anticipated that this great monarch would be descended from the royal family that already resided in the capital city.
- King Herod inquired as to when they had first noticed the star in order to determine when the kid could have been born.
- Because of the testimony of Daniel, his companions, and the whole exiled Jewish community, the wise men were able to identify the God of the Bible.
- This group of people came with presents to revere and adore this king because they desired to get the blessing of the Supreme Being.
- Briefly stated, it was most likely a conjunction of the planet Jupiter and Regulus, which is a star in the constellation Leo (the king), with the constellation Virgo (the virgin) rising underneath it, that caused the event.
Those who lived in Jerusalem at the time of Jesus’ crucifixion were well aware of the celestial phenomena and other natural events that occurred on that day – the earthquake, total darkness caused by an eclipse, and the blood moon that night – because they had traveled from all over the known world to celebrate the Passover holiday.
- That is why, in his magnificent lecture on the day of Pentecost, Peter references the prophet Joel from the Old Testament (Acts 2:17-21).
- The prophecies of your children and grandchildren will be fulfilled, your young men will see visions, and your elderly men will dream dreams.
- I will perform miracles in the heavens above and signs on the surface of the earth below, with blood and fire and billows of smoke as a backdrop.
- Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved, no matter who they are.” The Bible predicts that the Messiah will appear when the periods have come to their conclusion.
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How long did it take the wisemen to find Jesus? – HolidayMountainMusic
The wise men depicted in the Bible were Parthian Magi, or “Parthian Magi” in English. In all, the distance between Parthia and Jerusalem is roughly 500 kilometers long. This voyage would have lasted between 50 and 60 days by caravan, assuming there were no major delays or disruptions.
How old was Jesus when he was dedicated?
The wise men recorded in the Bible were Parthian Magi, or “Parthian Magi” in modern terminology. It takes around 500 kilometres to get from Parthia to Jerusalem by car. This trip would have lasted 50 to 60 days if done by caravan, with no major diversions or interruptions.
How old was Jesus when he was found in the manger?
He was about two years old at the time. It had been a long and winding road. When the wise men spoke to Herod, he became frightened.
When did the 3 Kings arrive in Bethlehem names?
The youngsters did not get their gifts until the following day, on January 6, which was the Feast of the Three Kings. This was the day that the Three Kings were reported to have arrived in Bethlehem after traveling thousands of miles following a bright light across a vast expanse of territory.
Who visited Jesus at the manger?
Description taken from the Bible If we believe what the Gospel of Luke tells us, when the shepherds arrived in Bethlehem, they “discovered Mary and Joseph as well as the infant, who was lying in a manger.” Throughout Matthew’s gospel, the three wise men, or Magi, are shown as having “fallen down” in reverence and offering gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the infant Jesus.
Why was Jesus born in a manger?
Jesus is born in a manger because all of the travelers crammed into the available guest rooms. Joseph and Mary are visited after Jesus’ birth, but not by wise men, but by shepherds, who were similarly pleased at the birth of their king. Angels, according to Luke, informed these shepherds of Jesus’ location in Bethlehem, and they responded accordingly.
What is the last word in the Bible?
Photographs courtesy of Buena Vista Images/Photodisc/Getty Images . The last word in the Bible, according to the King James Version, is “Amen.” It is the “Book of Revelation,” which is the final book of the Bible, and the final verse is 22:21.
Who came to baby Jesus first?
Shepherds and Angels are two of the most important characters in the Bible. What was it about the Shepherds that made them the first individuals to learn of Jesus’ birth? And what a fantastic method in which they learned about it!
When did the Three Wise Men visit Baby Jesus?
There is no evidence to suggest that they arrived as soon as He was born, or that a period of two months could not have occurred between their arrival and His birth. Many of the fathers believe that they discovered Him still in the manger, or stall, which may be correct if the manger was in a cave at the back of the home.
When is the day of the Three Kings?
The Epiphany Holiday, also known as Dia De Los Tres Reyes (Day of the Three Kings) in Spanish-speaking nations, is celebrated on January 6th each year and commemorates the adoration of infant Jesus by the three Kings, also known as Wise Men or Magi, who came to worship him.
Where did the Three Kings Go when Jesus was born?
Simply put, the Bible does not state. They went to a residence for a while! Also, since the Bible states they arrived to “the home” where He was living – rather than a stable – on the night of His birth, it is thought that they were not there at His birth. So, it’s safe to assume that time has passed and that Joseph has found a home for his growing family.
How old were the Wise Men when they met Jesus?
Steve Nearman is a writer and a musician who lives in New York City. A sinner who has been rescued through grace. Fredericksburg, Virginia (VA) The wise men were more than two, and there may have been more than three of them. After entering the house, they were surprised to see a small child (Mat 2:11). There was no baby in the manger. His age might have been as little as 2 years old at the time.
How far did the magi travel to see Jesus?
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of Herod the king, the wise men went from the East to Jerusalem, according to the Bible (Matthew 2:1). There is no indication in this text of the actual area or nation from which the magi set off on their journey. As a result, we have no way of knowing how far they have traveled. However, there are a few possibilities to take into consideration. As far as the Jews were concerned, the “East” included the regions of northern Arabia, Syria, and Mesopotamia.
- For example, the city of Haran was located in “the country of the people of the east,” which means “the territory of the eastern people” (Genesis 29:1, 4).
- (Isaiah 46:11).
- Some have speculated that the magi came from the same part of the “east land” as wasBalaam, and that this is correct.
- In the case of the assumption that they journeyed at night in order to be directed by the star, their journey would have taken much longer time.
Who were the magi?
Known as the “wise men from the east,” according to Matthew’s narrative, the magi spent their time studying the stars and the skies. Moreover, they were well-versed in Astrology, which was considered to be a highly respected science at the time. Legend has it that the magi were a tribe of people who belonged to a larger group of people known as the Medes, according to the ancient historian Herodotus. From the Babylonian through the Roman empires, they were able to retain a position of immense prominence and influence in the Middle East.
The magi are mentioned for the first time in the Old Testament in the book of Daniel, which has the most detailed description.
And for those who were earnest in their study of the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit assisted them in understanding the prophesies that foretold the advent of theMessiah– the Savior of the entire world.
The irony of rejection is shown in John 1:11, where it states of Jesus, “He came unto His own, and His own did not welcome Him” (He came unto His own) (John 1:11).
Consequently, it demonstrates that God has children in every faith and that He is inviting them to strive for knowledge of truth and to follow the correct path (John 10:16).
Why did the magi travel to see Jesus?
The apparition of Hisstar served as a notification to the magi that a king had been born in Judea. As a result, they followed this moving star out of faith because they wished to pay their respects to the newly crowned king (Matthew 2:1–212). When they arrived in Jerusalem, they made contact with Monarch Herod in order to find out where the birthplace of the Jewish king was located. After hearing the news, Herod responded by telling them that he had not heard about the child, but that a prophesy had said that the Messiah would be born at Bethlehem, which they accepted (Micah 5:2;Matthew 2:4-6).
The magi, guided by the Star of Bethlehem, arrived at the birthplace of Jesus and joyously worshipped him.
However, the Lord appeared to them in a dream and advised them not to return to Herod.
Herod became enraged when he realized that he had been duped by the magi and dispatched and imprisoned all of the male youngsters in Bethlehem who were under the age of two years at the time (Matthew 2:16).
Here’s What History Can Tell Us About the Magi
Christmas Day is celebrated on December 25, but the tale of Christmas does not end there. In many Western Christian traditions, Christmas is celebrated over 12 days, with the feast of the Epiphany falling on January 6, the culmination of the season. Many people think that’s when the “Magi,” or “wise men,” or “three kings,” came to view the newborn infant Jesus for the first time. But were any of these individuals influenced by real-life historical figures? It is difficult to link their depictions to specific individuals, but their descriptions in the Gospel of Matthew, which are only a few sentences long, do correspond to current understandings of the world at the time the Gospel was written, which is thought to have occurred sometime between 70 CE and 85 CE.
Also absent from the record is any indication of the number of males in attendance.
Immediately after Jesus’ birth at the town of Bethlehem in Judea, which was then under the reign of the Roman King Herod, according to Matthew’s Gospel, “certain men who studied the stars came from the East to Jerusalem and inquired, ‘Where is the infant born to be the king of the Jews?'” Our attention was drawn to his star as it rose in the East, and we have come to adore him.” They arrived at Jesus and Mary’s home after following the light of a star, and they brought presents of gold, frankincense and myrrh to them, as described in the Gospel.
Gold was then, as it is now, a symbol of riches and power.
According to Kristin Swenson, an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and author of the forthcomingA Most Peculiar Book: The Inherent Strangeness of the Bible, myrrh is a “outlier” in the Bible.
Swenson explains that Jesus is served wine with myrrh before his crucifixion because it is a painkiller in Mark 15:23, and this is because myrrh is a natural analgesic.
It is clear from the lavish presents that these Eastern guests are “people of immense money and power,” as Swenson puts it, since they “bring things that are kind of evident based on the things they bring.” “They are referred to as Magi in Greek, which was a title that referred to a category of Persian priests at the time of the Greek invasion.
“Their orientation was considerably more in the direction of what we would today characterize as scientific.” Looking to a star is “very much in keeping with the religious tradition of this place at the time of looking to the heavens, the stars, and the planets for information about the gods’ wishes and doings, and some stars or planets were identified with God.” Looking to a star is “very much in keeping with the religious tradition of this place at the time of looking to the heavens, the stars, and the planets for information about the gods’ wishes and doings” The author of the Gospel of Matthew also points out that the Gospel of Matthew portrays a prophecy from hundreds of years earlier, found in the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament, in which the nations of the world recognize Israel as the light of the world and celebrate this recognition with gifts of gold, frankincense, and other valuable gifts.
TIME magazine’s cover article “Secrets of the Nativity,” published on December 13, 2004, highlighted decades of efforts to make sense of the Magi, as well as the numerous futile searches for tangible proof of the nativity scene: After all, from whence exactly in the Orient (which literally translates as “East”) were they coming from?
- It is possible that the presents they carried–gold, frankincense, and myrrh–were brought by camel trains from Arabia, as described in unrelated Bible accounts from Sheba and Midian, both of which are located on the peninsula.
- The most fortunate of all the guesses turned out to be the one made in the 4th century by the designers of the Church of the Nativity in Palestine, whose golden entrance mosaic showed the Magi clothed as Persians, who were also well-known stargazers at the time.
- The Magi enjoyed a long and fruitful postbiblical existence.
- Their number, which fluctuated from two to twelve in different tales, finally settled on three, most likely as a result of their three gifts.
- This is how a medieval Irish account of the guy described him: “The first is supposed to have been.
- beardless and ruddy-complexioned.
- Researchers have speculated that the combination was either intended to emphasize Christianity’s global ambitions or pointed back to an earlier varied threesome, Noah’s sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth, as a point of reference.
Melchior died on January 1st, at the age of 116; St.
Gaspar died on January 11th, at the age of 109.” Many modern Christmas customs depict these three wise men in a way that is influenced by medieval art.
In popular imagination, paintings by painters such as Botticelli, Peter Paul Rubens, and Hieronymus Bosch (as seen above) contributed to solidifying the idea of the Magi as a varied bunch of men.
in 1857, is perhaps the most famous musical depiction of the three men.
And, just as interpretations of the Magi evolved over time in response to events in the world, so too will current events influence how individuals find meaning in the Bible in order to make sense of their own lives.
While doing so, it is critical to remember and acknowledge that we are reimagining for our times texts that, in some cases, defy our expectations, at times confound us with contradictions, and, unless we read them in their ancient Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek originals, rely on translations that are themselves interpreted.” TIME Magazine has more must-read stories.
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