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The Magi used their Magian astrology to recognize what was happening now. But astrologers use astrology to find out what is going to happen in the future. Note that Magi's saw Jesus in a house (Mat 2:11) not in the birth place of Christ. //It appears that the stars have a knowledge.// Stars do not have knowledge on their own. But God uses nature to ...


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This is a good question and has a simple answer. Nativity scenes are intended to be representations of Jesus birth, not a historically accurate depiction. In other words they are there to remind us of the important elements of the birth, not to be a photorealistic documentary. Therefore the shepherds, the wise men, angels are all included because they were ...


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Here is my attempt to harmonize the accounts of Matthew 2 and Luke 2, This assumes a literal retelling of the story. (Luke as a careful writer has been vindicated again and again by archaeology.) NAZARETH (above Samaria to the north) to BETHLEHEM Luke 2:4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, ...


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Briefly, no. But I think you're making a number of assumptions here, which are not necessarily warranted. We have very little information about the wise men. All we hear (from Matthew) is: Magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, "Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage." They ...


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During the Jewish exile in Babylon, Daniel (Belteshazzar) was appointed as the "chief of the magicians" (Daniel 2:48; 4:9). This was probably the same group as the magi (source). During Daniel's time in Babylon, he interpreted many dreams both for the king and for himself. One such vision foretold the year of the crucifixion of the Messiah, or "Anointed One"....


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To my understanding of Scripture, it is fairly safe to assume there were at least three, since there are three differing gifts named, but as you said the Bible does not tell us exactly how many there were. Even the belief that there were three cannot be accurately determined since one of them may have brought more than one gift, or even all three. As a ...


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From the Wikipedia entry on the Biblical Magi: There was a 15th-century golden case purportedly containing the Gift of the Magi housed in the Monastery of St. Paul of Mount Athos. It was donated to the monastery in the 15th century by Mara Branković, daughter of the King of Serbia Đurađ Branković, wife to the Ottoman Sultan Murat II and godmother to ...


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The Nativity Scene is a Catholic tradition originally performed over most of Advent and the whole of the Christmas season. It should be remembered that Christmas is significantly longer than a single day of celebration. In the traditional form, pieces are added to the set over the whole of both seasons and it functions as a sort of Advent Calendar. The ...


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The Biblical account does not specify the number of Magi. However tradition has set their number - three according to Western traditions, and twelve according to Eastern. The Western tradition is presumably derived from the number of gifts. The first record of names is in a 8th Century account of the story, so the number is established then or before. ...


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The wise men came after Jesus' dedication at the temple. We know that after the wise men had visited, an angel appeared to Joseph and they fled immediately to Egypt and lived there. Matthew 2:13-15 (NKJV) Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying,“Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, ...


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Birth of Christ Sequencing From Nazareth to Bethlehem to Nazareth to Egypt to Nazareth Mary espoused to Joseph, but he decides to put her away. God gives him a dream. After dream, Joseph and Mary are married. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: Mat 1:24 We switch to Luke’s ...


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The biggest flaw to your argument is "there could be a big time gap between Luke 2:38 & 39." Luke 2.27 & 2:39 both make reference to why Jesus was brought to the Temple: 27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, 39 And when they had performed ...


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