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Best Answer teacherjoe52 says
Why can't you just accept the story of Christmas without picking at it or splitting hair over its finer details...
In Biblical times typical dwellings had an indoor area filled w/ clean straw and afood trough (manger) for their animals. .This may have been the shelter that Mary and Joseph were given instead of a guest room, not our idea of an actual "stable."
There is no mention of a stable in Matthew.
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From Matthew 2:2 reads in the past tense which would mean the wise men had seen the star from a distance, but no longer could see it. Later in the 10th verse the wise men rejoice because they could see the star again which led them straight to Jesus.
Zoe Dirck says
If you read the question that was presented you may have an answer to your question.
The way you know a story is accurate is by reading it first to see if the representation of it is correct.That is the difference between accuracy and discrepancy.
CJ Sledgehammer says
That's right CJ, many Jewish visitors from the East were in Bethlehem as it was close to Jerusalem. Many had flocked to the area for the observance of the Feast of Tabernacles. (Leviticus 23:34-35)