The wise men are commonly thought of as three men, each bearing a gift for the baby Jesus. When in fact the scriptures don't indicate exactly how many wise men there were, only what gifts they ...
What is the basis for the belief that the wise men did not arrive in Bethlehem until several months after the birth of Jesus?
Many depictions of the nativity have both the shepherds and the wise men at the stable on the night of Jesus' birth. However, it is commonly held that the wise men did not arrive until several months ...
From where does the tradition come that Mary rode on a donkey to Bethlehem prior to the birth of Jesus?
It seems that most every movie or depiction of Mary and Joseph on the way to Bethlehem depicts Mary as riding on a donkey. However, I don't recall any place in Scripture from which this idea could be ...
Luke gives the account of Jesus' birth and mentions that Mary wrapped Him in "swaddling cloths". And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a ...
I'm surprised this question hasn't been asked already. Matthew 2:1-2 (NIV) 2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem ...
What is the significance of the angelic visitation of the shepherds after the birth of Jesus Christ?
In his gospel, Luke records the visitation of the angels to shepherds immediately after the birth of Jesus Christ. And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch ...
The New Testament records that Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea. In fact, this was a fulfillment of prophecy, as Matthew records: Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of ...
How could Jesus be born during the reign of Herod, and when Quirinius was governor of Syria, if those periods were not contemporary?
In Matthew 2, it makes it clear that Jesus was conceived during the reign of Herod and was a young child when Herod died. After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in ...