Did the three wise men actually visit Jesus at birth as the Christmas nativity scene depicts?
According to the Bible, the wise men arrived in Bethlehem approximately 2 years after Jesus was born.
We three kings of Orient are,
bearing gifts we travel so far
hills and mountains,
bearing fountains, following yonder star...
it is very possible that the star appeared 2 yrs prior to CHRISTs birth, signalling the coming event. or it could be that the wise men mislead herod. i believe they appeared shortly after HIS birth though. but then, i wasnt there so i cant say for sure.
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.
The Bible states in Matthew 2 that the wise men brought gifts to the house. Therfore the nativity scene is wrong. As well it does not state how many of them there were.
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.
The Bible indicates indirectly that the wise men visited Jesus about 2 years after his birth. This is indicated when Herod orders children two years and younger to be slaughtered.
Planks, my friend, this question has already been answered.
No, the wise men "magicians" from Media took a little time getting there. It is important to note that King Herod placed an age limit on all male children upwards of two years...just to cover all basis.
I know some have said that perhaps the Star of Bethlehem shone two years prior, but I see no Biblical evidence for that.
It is also interesting that "there was no room for them in the inn", most likely because the birth of Christ Yeshua was during a major religious observance, hence so many travelers in town.
what difference does it make? it doesnt make one little bit of difference unless your perspective is only based on that story.
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.
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