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1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. 3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. 5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, 6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. 7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. 9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. 11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. 13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. 14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: 15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son. 16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, 18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not. 19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's life. 21 And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee: 23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

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1 Deena E = "Micah 5:2 references Bethlehem as prophetically being the birthplace of the coming Messiah."
2 Sarah Mangum = "The third reading: The Gospel of Matthew 2:1-12from the Feast of the Epiphany serviceSt. David's Episcopal Church, Austin, TXJanuary 6, 2015"
3 Enakshi Ganguly = "You can take some interesting and interactive quizzes here!http://lordcalls.com/bibleadvice/bible-quiz-%E2%80%93-part-3-the-gospel-of-matthew"
4 Enakshi Ganguly = "Source: http://int.icej.org/media/bethlehem-judea"
5 Enakshi Ganguly = "Source: http://www.marycraig.org/NewsViews/JerusalemsDestiny.htm"
6 Enakshi Ganguly = "At times referred to as 'magi'. " Ordinarily this word is translated "magician" in the sense of illusionist or fortune-teller, and this is how it is translated in all of its occurrences except for the Gospel of Matthew, where it is rendered "wise man". However, early church fathers, such as St. Justin, OrigenSt. Augustine and St. Jerome, did not make an exception for the Gospel, and translated the word in its ordinary sense, i.e. as "magician"."Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magi#In_Christian_tradition"
7 Enakshi Ganguly = "Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magi#In_Christian_tradition"
8 Enakshi Ganguly = "" In a dream they [the magis] are warned not to return to Herod, and therefore return to their homes by taking another route. Since its composition in the late 1st century, numerous apocryphal stories have embellished the gospel's account. Matthew 2:16 implies that Herod learned from the wise men that up to two years had passed since the birth, which is why all male children two years or younger were slaughtered."Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magi#In_Christian_tradition"
9 Enakshi Ganguly = "Source: http://www.biblemesh.com/blog/who-was-herod-the-great/"
10 Sara Di Diego = "Scholars believe that these three gifts could be symbols of aspects of Jesus.  The gold symbolizes Jesus' role as King of the Jews.  Frankincense represents his aspect as a Rabbi, teacher, and healer to the young Christians, since Frankincense was used in the temple.  Myrrh is another form of foreshadowing Jesus' death and resurrection, as it is used for embalming.Any other explanation seems pushed, given frankincense's other use (other than in the temple) is to soothe arthritis.Work Cited:http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/jesus-historical-jesus/why-did-the-magi-bring-gold-frankincense-and-myrrh/"
11 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "The writer attempts to link a prophecy where none existed. Hosea 11:1 states - "When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son". The "child" is none other than the nation of Israel whom God called out of Egypt.Exodus 4:21 - The Lord said to Moses, “When you return to Egypt, see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders I have given you the power to do. But I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go. Then say to Pharaoh, ‘This is what the Lord says: Israel is my firstborn son, and I told you, “Let my son go, so he may worship me.” But you refused to let him go; so I will kill your firstborn son.’ ”As such, this "prophecy" had no relation to Jesus and was already fulfilled in Exodus with the nation of Israel. This is not a prophecy that the Messiah would be called out of Egypt and no such prophecy exists in any of the Hebrew scriptures."
12 Sarah R = "Matthew, one of Jesus' 12 disciples, writes here that this verse from Hosea can also be applied to Jesus. Scholars consider this a typological fulfillment, where a historical event foreshadows what would happen with Jesus Christ. "Typology views the relationship of Old Testament events to those in the new dispensation not as a ‘one-to-one’ correspondence, in which the old is repeated or continued, but rather in terms of two principles, historical correspondence and escalation.” There's a great article on typological fulfillment, here: http://www.equip.org/article/typological-fulfillment-key-messianic-prophecy/#christian-books-4"
13 Enakshi Ganguly = ""Matthew’s Gospel tells us that when King Herod learned about the birth of the Messiah, he tried to trick the wise men into serving as spies to help him murder Jesus. When that didn’t work, he killed all the male children in Bethlehem under two years old in a murderous effort to exterminate God’s anointed one (Matthew 2:16). Thankfully, Jesus and His family escaped to Egypt, warned in a dream from the Lord. Still, Herod’s infanticide became infamous, known to Christians as the Slaughter of the Innocents."Source: http://www.biblemesh.com/blog/who-was-herod-the-great/"
14 Enakshi Ganguly = "Source: https://theorthodoxlife.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/romans-9-teaches-free-will/"
15 Enakshi Ganguly = ""In this verse the author of Jeremiah seems to be asserting that she was buried in Ramah, a town some five miles from Bethlehem. The Hebrew word Ramah could also be translated as "on high" and some versions of Jeremiah use this wording. "A voice was heard on high" would seem to fit more logically with Matthew's narrative, but it is fairly clear that the town is being referred to."Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_2:18"
16 Enakshi Ganguly = ""
17 Sara Di Diego = "Herod Archelaus, the son of Herod the GreatWork Cited:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herod_Archelaus"
18 Sara Di Diego = "Predictions of what Nazareth would have looked like at this time.Work Cited:http://www.bible-people.info/Mary-Nazareth-bible-text.htm"