Date: December 21, 2012
Searching the Scripture
“Search the Scriptures…they are they which testify of me.” John 5:39
Author: Bob Moses
Subject: The Birth of Jesus
(Segment on Historical Findings)
Excerpts from “The Search”
Author: Dr. Ron Charles
These excerpts are a compilation from Chapter 10 of “The Search” chapter 10 entitled; The Nativity Record. For a full reading I highly suggest one read the entire Chapter from the book: The Search” by Dr. Ron Charles copyright 2007, Library of congress Control Number: 2002096474. All rights reserved.
These excerpts are used by the written permission of the author dated Nov. 26, 2012
for inclusion into the “Studies” of
Dr. Charles uncovered a manuscript at the University of Istanbul , Istanbul, Turkey from the church of St. Saviour Chora written in the first half of the 15th century by a Regimold of Iconium. It was a compilation of what Regimold of Iconium felt was the most accurate record of the shepherds’ visit to the nativity, outside of the Gospels themselves. This event is recorded in Luke 2:8—18.
“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manager. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manager. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning the child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds: (Luke 2:8—18).
Dr. Charles writes: Regimold wrote that Luke says that there were shepherds in the area who were notified of Jesus’ birth by an angel. Not only was the angel’s appearance to the shepherds most significant, for it gives at least two confirmations of the time of year, springtime, during Passover season, when Jesus was born.
The first confirmation corroborates the season, or time of the year. The second corroborates a specific month of the year for certain and perhaps even the day in that month.
This first confirmation rests in the fact that in Judea at this time, flocks of sheep were allowed to graze out of doors from mid-spring, after the rainy season had ended (the rainy season ended in mid-March) up till the early fall.
The second confirmation deals with the kind of sheep that were being watched by the shepherds and the location of the shepherd’s watch during that time of year.
The area known as the Hills of Ramat, just north of Bethlehem, about three miles south of Jerusalem, was a small area of lush (in the spring time) rolling hills. Many years before, the High Priest in Jerusalem had set the area aside and had sanctified it. Therefore, the region was under the direct jurisdiction and protection of the High Priest.
It was in this area that the Temple priests housed for 10 days (three days before Passover week, plus the seven days of Passover week) the flock of sheep that was to be used as Passover sacrifice animals, during the seven days of unleavened bread (Passover week). Although during the Passover celebration hundreds of sheep were sacrificed in numerous and varied ritualistic ceremonies, only seven Passover lambs were sacrificed for the sins of the world. Only a lamb that was born during the days of Passover could qualify as one the seven lambs sacrificed for the sins of the world. It was probably near here that Joseph and Mary stayed the night, and where Jesus was born.
The shepherds mentioned by Luke were the sanctified shepherds of the seed of Jacob who were chosen by the High Priest to be responsible for the care and the safety of the holy and sanctified sacrificial Passover sheep that would be sacrificed during that year’s Passover celebration. These shepherds had to have been born into a sanctified shepherd family and each family had to prove that they had been sanctified shepherds for at least three generations (at least two High Priests during a 100 year span had demanded that the families be able to prove seven generations of being sanctified shepherds). From these families, the High Priest would choose 12 shepherds each year to be sanctified shepherds. Each shepherd had to be at least 30 years old. In addition, each chosen shepherd could serve in this capacity only once in a lifetime. To every seven sheep were assigned a sanctified shepherd, a Levite, and a presbyteroi rabbi (an elder rabbi) of the line of Zadok. The shepherd would care for the sheep, the Levite would see to the sheep’s ritualistic cleanliness; and the presbytroi would choose the sheep to be sacrificed.
It was to the sanctified shepherds, the Levites, and the presbyteroi rabbi that the angel of the Lord appeared and proclaimed the birth of Jesus (however, Luke seems to imply that they appeared only to the shepherds). To these men who were well trained in the religious rituals of the Jews and who were knowledgeable of the prophecies and expectations concerning the prophesied Christ, the Savior and sacrificed redeemer, the announcement came as quite a shock. Some of them (Luke indicates that it was the shepherds only, that went to investigate and not the Levites or presbyteroi rabbi) immediately left the Hill of Ramat to go and investigate what the angel had said. It seems amazing that these shepherds would forsake a once in a lifetime honor to go seek this new born baby.
We have no idea how long they searched, but considering the enormous number of Passover travelers occupying the area, it could have taken them a good part of the night to locate the newly born baby. Finally they found the inn where Joseph and Mary and the newly born baby were lying resting in the large dugout manger located in the inn’s open courtyard. After the shepherds had confimed that what the angel had told them was true, they left the inn and began to enunciate all over the area, what the angel had announced to them concerning the new born babe.
Author Bob Moses states: “It was under these circumstances that Mary delivered the baby Jesus at the time and place prescribed in the Old Testament. How poignant and accurate the Scriptures. Jesus was born in a sanctified place at the exact time that only a sacrifice for the sins of the world could possibly be born; out there in the field, where such sacrifices where housed. And He was wrapped in swaddling clothes (white linen, also often referred to as grave clothes, which points us to His death).”
Dr. Charles continues: After finding the babe with his mother and his earthly father, they (the shepherds) spread the news about what the angel had said, then returned to the Hills of Ramat to prepare for Passover. For centuries, Regimold continued, the only sources, outside of the Bible, that attempted to record anything about the shepherds’ visit to the manger that night, were grossly embellished fabrications. They were written for the purpose of solidifying Mary’s exalted position of “Blessed Virgin”. It was not until 1224, when numerous scrolls entitled The Senatorial Courts of Tiberius Caesar, and by the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem were discovered by solders of Theodore I, the ruler of the Despotate of Epirusin in a forgotten, centuries old, underground vault in the burial catacombs of Janina, that they procured what may be the first authentic, non-embellished, account of the birth of Jesus and the shepherds’ visit.
One of the scrolls had four separate manuscript entries. Two of these were of special interest because they dealt with the birth of Jesus and the shepherds finding the baby Jesus. One manuscript was entitled Jonathan, the son of Heziel, interview with sanctified shepherds of Ramat and the other one was entitled Letters of Melker, Priest of the Synagogue at Bethlehem. Sanhedrin, 88B, by R. Jose, order No. 2.
The first entry, the Jonathan, the son Heziel…manuscript, was supposed to have been an interview conducted by a chief scribe named Jonathan (who had been sent by the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem), with three of the sanctified shepherds who were watching over the sanctified Passover sheep the night Jesus was born. The shepherds told Jonathan,
“…it was the third watch of the night when we were awakened by a bright light as bright as the light of day….All at once the night seemed to be filled with human voices saying, Glory! Glory! Glory to the Most High God! Happy art thou Bethlehem, for God hath fulfilled His promise to the fathers; for in thy chambers is born the King that shall rule in righteousness! The Savior, which is Christ the Lord! Their shouting would rise up in the heavens, and then would sink down in mellow strains, and roll along at the foot of the mountains, and die away in the most soft and musical manner; then it would begin again high up in the heavens, in the very vaults of heaven, and descend in sweet and melodious strains…the light would seem to burst forth high in the heavens, and then descend in softer rays and light up the hills and valleys, making everything more visible than the light of the sun…They said that it shown around the whole city and some of the people were frantic until the priest Melker, came out to the people clapping his hands in joy and addressed them saying that this thing was of God and was a fulfillment of prophecy…. They went into the city and found a young mother with her new born baby and her husband resting in a feeding closure for animals. We felt in our hearts that this babe may be the cause of such joyous praise…”
The second entry was a letter that Melker the priest had written to the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem. In the letter he stated:
“…the night that the heavens shone like the sun of day. 18 guardians of the sanctified Passover sheep approached me in the streets asking me where the child lay who caused such a commotion in the heavens. I told them to search the city until they had found a child that had been born that night. They returned to me near daybreak saying that they had found the (baby) to the north of the city near Ramat and related to me a story which the very young mother had told them concerning an angel who had appeared to her saying that the child was a gift from God. That he would rule his people…Afterwards some returned to the flocks while the others spread the news of their discovery throughout the hill country. After some eight days, I sent for the mother, to have the babe circumcised. At that time she repeated the same story to me…I am informed that she could have been tried by law because she could not give a better evidence of her virtue than to claim her child was gifted from God, but that she and her husband had residence in the Galilee, where such stories and claims give no rise for question. If she lived in Judea she could have been stoned according to the Law, although I must admit that I can think of no other case that such apparent divine manifestations, manifestations to which I was witness, were seen on the occasion of the birth of her son. In the past I have examined at least 20 different young women who claimed to be virgin and who claimed to be with child of the spirit of God. But none had accompaniment of such manifestations as was witnessed that night in Bethlehem…had not she fled back to the Galilee with her husband, a stonemason’s master in Nazareth of the Galilee, no doubt she would have been presumed innocent….even in Judea and Jerusalem.”
“It cannot be proven without a doubt,” confessed Regimold, “that these were authentic records, I believe there is certainly more validity to them than in hundreds of other embellishments (excluding the Gospel accounts) that materialized during the first thousand years after Jesus’ birth.”
With that, Regimold’s record of the shepherds’ visit to the birth site of Jesus was concluded.
After Jesus was born, we know that Joseph and Mary stayed at least eight more days in the Bethlehem area. The Gospels do not record whether they had to stay in the open courtyard of the inn those eight days, but most likely they did not. Eight days after his birth, Jesus was taken to the local priest and was circumcised and named.
“And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb” (Luke 2:21).
Let us now turn our attention to the Magi (The Wisemen).
Dr. Ron Charles in his extensive research for the Historical Jesus writes; “quite a number of years ago while visiting a beautiful church library in Augsburg, Germany, the library of the twin Catholic/Protestant church of St. Ulrich and St. Afra, I discovered a document containing some very convincing information that to me proved that the wisemen did not arrive in Herod’s kingdom seeking the new born king, until some two years after the birth of Jesus. Apparently the magi arrived from the East, uninvited, in Jerusalem, demanding to see the newly born King of the Jews. The document or journal was written by the Swiss theologian Karl Barth, sometime after 1932. Addressing the justification of Christian dogma and tradition theme, Barth wrote page after page of notes about his discoveries apropos to the part that the wise men played in the story of Jesus’ nativity.
He (Barth) began his discussion of the wise men by saying that there was relative peace throughout Herod’s kingdom during the two years immediately following the birth of Jesus. But by 5 BC, that had changed. He then quoted Matthew 2, beginning with verse one.
“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 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. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and the scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, in Bethlehem of Judea: for thus it is written by the prophet, 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. Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. 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. 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. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
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. And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. 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.
When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: 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.
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. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, 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. But when Herod was dead, behold, and angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, arise, and take the young child and his mother and to into the land of Israel; for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.
And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judea 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: 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” (Matthew 2:1-23).
After quoting the Scripture referenced Barth continued…About two year after the birth of Jesus, wise men or magi, suddenly appeared in Jerusalem, demanding to see the newly born king of the Jews. Who were these wisemen, or magi; where did they come from; and why were they there in Jerusalem?
In addressing these questions, Barth first pointed out that the visitors to Jerusalem were not kings. That particular Christian tradition was based on a late 13th century misinterpretation of Psalms 72:10 & 15.(which indicate that “The Kings” shall bring presents): Barth says: Rather, they were magi or representatives of “The Kings”, much like Ambassadors . The word wisemen is a Greek form of the, magi, from which we get the word “magician.”
Magi, at the time of the birth of Jesus, were astronomers; interpreters, teachers, physicians, Zoroastrain priest, scientist of their day, astrologers, court historians, royal counselors, administrators, and governors. They were also used as official emissaries and ambassadors to/in another country representing the respective king and ruler of their country or empire. In short, magi were sent by their particular ruler, in the ruler’s stead, to a foreign country, with the full power of attorney to speak and/or act on behalf of that individual ruler or emperor. Not only did they represent their respective ruler in a foreign country, they were the rulers of their individual and particular country, kingdom, or empire, while they were in that foreign country.
At this time in history, magi were actively involved in the courts of the kings/rulers/emperors of the Indus and the Kushan empires in India: the Parthian empire: of the Han dynasty in China; in Persia; in Babylonia; and in Arabia. Because the Bible does not say how many individual magus left their specific country or kingdom in search of the young child, we can only assume that magi representing several, if not all, of these empires and countries, visited Herod in Jerusalem.
What brought them to Judea? By this time in history, and for five centuries before this time, Daniel, the captive Jew who rose to prominence in Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylon, had become and was still the most respected of all Chaldean magi. His reputation was such that within 300 years after his death, he had been exalted to the position of deity. Because of the great respect and honor that all kingdoms and empires in the East had for Daniel, and because of their unfaltering faith and belief in his writings, to the point that his writings were considered divine, the disciples and priests of Zoroaster together with the Chaldean magi, interpreted Daniel’s writing in such a way, that they were eminently expecting a savior and world leader to arise in the region of Roman Syria (Judea). They believed that this leader’s dominion would be worldwide and his rulership would last forever.
Daniel wrote hundreds of scientific, social, philosophical, and prophetic documents while in the court of Babylon and Persia, but the document that conceivably excited these magi the most is the one that is recorded as Daniel 7:13&14 in our Bible: “I saw in the night visions (stars and constellations), and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought him near before Him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed (Daniel 7:13-14).
In addition, Persian history claims Zoroaster was a student of Daniel, and that Daniel had revealed to him that when a formerly unrevealed star appeared in the constellation Coma, it would be a sign that the King of kings had been born in the region of Jerusalem. So, through their own system and methods of interpretation, these magi had concluded that this particular prophetic writing of Daniel would be fulfilled during the declared Pax Romana of the Roman Emperor Augustus.
The assertion by Daniel, coupled with an unprecedented pandemonium in the heavens, so prophesied by Daniel to Zoroaster, and which had been witnessed by the magi, convinced them that indeed Daniel’s prophetic new world ruler had been born.
As royal counselors and confidants of their respective rulers, the magi were in the position to convince their rulers that to insure the continued existence of their individual monarchies and to guarantee their (the empire’s or kingdom’s) friendship with the newly born and future all-powerful world ruler, they (the magi), representing their rulers, must give allegiance, obeisance, and reverent homage to this newly born ruler.
Barth said that he discovered through his own research that enough ancient documentation had survived that showed without a doubt that the magi did succeed in convincing these most powerful rulers of the East, to give their allegiance to this new-born world ruler (when the magi who represented their respective and individual empires and kingdoms gave their allegiance, it was the same as a king or emperor himself giving allegiance).
There were unprecedented heavenly signs which confirm a most electrified event which excited the magi. (Please read Dr. Charles’ book “The Search” page 154) Is it any wonder Barth writes; that the wisemen, magi/astronomers/astrologers, of the East set out to investigate and to search for the one whose birth was responsible for such a heavenly display?
The Matthew account does not say how many magi came to Judea in search of the new ruler. Based on the types of gifts that were mentioned in the Matthews account, western Christian tradition maintains that there were three and eastern Christian tradition says that there were 12. Although there have been numerous western and eastern apocryphal writing that seem to corroborate their respective traditions, in reality, few of these traditions can be confirmed by reliable historical records.
However, there were some well-respected non-Christian non-Jewish historians who lived during the time of Jesus’ birth and life (or immediately thereafter) who did accurately record the events related to the magi’s visit to Jerusalem. Their writings can be considered authoritative, nonbiased, and non-prejudiced. Su-Ma-Chen wrote that he accompanied as the designated Persian court historian for a caravan of 100 ambassadors, along with servants, officers, and military escorts, sent by the kings of the Empire of Parthia, the nine kings of Kushan Empires of the Indias, the Han Empire of China, the kingdom of the Babylonians and of the Arabs, and the kingdom of Persia to Roman Syria in search of the new King of the Jews born in Judea at the time of Augustus.
Barborus wrote that a great caravan of camels, ambassadors, and astronomers, sent by 13 kings of the East, during the days of Publius Quirinus, passed continually through the Ester Gate in Damascus from sun-up to mid-day, as they journeyed to Jerusalem to seek an allegiance with and to give homage to the newborn emperor, thought to be born in Judea of the Romans.
Hue-Lo wrote that there was only one time in history that the great empires of the East united under a single purpose: this was when the new king was born in Syria at the time of the tumult in the heavens, during the time of the Pax Romana declared by the great Roman Lord Augustus, under whose governorship of Syria was of Quirinus.
Tacitus recorded that when Quirinus was governor of Syria and Herod was king of Judea, a caravan of more than 800 laden camels arrived from an eastern confederacy of 13 kingdoms, uninvited; in Jerusalem searching for a king whom they claimed was born in Judea, whose birth had been announced by the tumult of the stars. They reported that among the great and wise of the East, there was a persuasion that in their great and ancient books of their priesthood and holy men, it was written that at this precise time, the East should become mighty, and that those issuing from Judea of Syria should rule the world. Herod, fearful that his dominion would become a battleground between Rome and this confederacy, received them with caution. In Rome’s Senate, fear spread like wind-blown fire. The greatest kingdoms of the East had united and had invaded the kingdom of Rome. The Senate did not trust Herod. They feared that his uncontrollable brutality would instigate war between the two greatest power on earth.
Sueronius, the Latin historian, said that 28 months after the affray in the heavens, testified to by our own (Roman) astrologers, during the days of Augustus, a caravan of a thousand camels, armed escorts, and emissaries, one unequaled by any known in all of Rome, seized upon the city of Caesarea Maritima and then upon the city of Jerusalem, to the great distress of Herod, whom the Senate gave the title of King, and of the city. Royal ambassadors from 13 eastern kingdoms had united and had traveled this long way to be allied to the world ruler whom they say had been born during the affray in the sky.
Barth continued. “It seems obvious to me that as per these dependable and trustworthy historians, what happened is that the rulers of the great kingdoms of the East united in order to give their allegiance to the great world emperor, whom even the heavens declared was great and mighty. They had sent their ambassadors (court magi) to Roman Judea to search for a new emperor. It took them more that two years from the time they first witnessed the tumult in the heavens, until they arrived in Judea. Having invaded the Roman Empire, uninvited (considered an act of war): they felt it necessary to follow diplomatic protocol and to present themselves to the Roman officials who governed that area. Hence, they arrived in Caesarea Maritima, the governmental seat of Judea. Discovering that Herod was in Jerusalem, they journeyed to Jerusalem, and presented themselves to Herod. Both Herod and the entire city of Jerusalem were terrified. Here, representatives delineating the rulers of the greatest empires of the East, whose combined kingdom’s land area, population, and military strength was many times greater that that of the Roman Empire, traveled for more that two years and more than 2000 miles, to invade the Roman Empire with a caravan of at least 800, to as many as 1,000 camels; more that 100 ambassadors representing at least 13 different Eastern kingdoms and empires; a large military escort; all of their needed servants, physicians, technicians, and caretakers; state officials and ministers; and court historians and scribes; demanding that Herod take them to see the new world emperor, the King of the Jews. For the first and only time in history, 13 of the eastern world’s greatest empires allied and united to fulfill one purpose. It’s certainly not surprising to me that Herod was terrified and all of Jerusalem with him.”
“Needless to say,” Barth continued, “Herod was in a volatile situation. If he did not play his cards right, his life would be considered worthless”. Herod was trapped, he had to do something and he had to do it fast. To give himself some breathing room he inquired of the Jewish Sanhedrin if such an event was anticipated. The Sanhedrin confirmed that a world ruler was expected to be born and he was to be born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea.
Herod felt that he had to eliminate this threat to his throne and to Rome, preferably before the representatives of the eastern confederacy had an opportunity to form an allegiance with the new king. He sent the magi to Bethlehem and asked them to return to him immediately upon their discovery of the location of the babe, so that he could “go and pay homage to him also.”
According to Matthew, the magi left Jerusalem, heading south to Bethlehem. However, as they traveled to Bethlehem, they (the magi) again saw one of the same heavenly signs that they had seen two years previously. They saw it in the sky north of them. They took this as a directive sign and immediately turned north to follow the star.
The phenomenon led them into the Greek dominated region north of Judea, called the Galilee, to the city of Nazareth. Over the city of Nazareth, the “star” seemed to stand still, before disappearing entirely.
Probably leaving their huge caravan outside of the city, the magi found the house where Joseph, Mary and the two-year old toddler, Jesus, lived. Inside the house, the magi, representing their respective kingdoms, presented the toddler with gifts (ancient historians have identified these three particular gifts by the distinction of The Gifts of Ramses) that were intended to solidify a political allegiance between the new king and the eastern confederation. These same particular gifts were given to Ramses the Great, Xerxes, Alexander the Great, Hannibal, Tigleth-Pilser, Cyrus the Great, and Antripitus as an indication of solidification of alliances with powers that were considered their equal or greater, or with whom they feared. The gifts were gold (to acknowledge the recipient’s royal position as king), frankincense (to acknowledge the recipient’s position as the highest of all priestly orders of his kingdom’s religious system), and myrrh (to acknowledge the recipient’s deity or his god/man position—a position that all of the above mentioned recipients claimed for themselves).
The Gospel of Matthew says that after the presentation of the gifts, the magi were warned by God (through an angel) in a dream not to return to Herod in Jerusalem. So they and their immense caravan returned to their native countries, leaving directly from Nazareth.
After the departure of the magi’s caravan, an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him that Herod would seed to kill the child. The angel told Joseph to take his family and flee to Mary’s ancestral home, Egypt. There they were to stay until it was safe to return. Matthew 2: 13—15 “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. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt; 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”.
This concludes The Segment of “The Historical Findings” of the Birth of Jesus as written by Dr. Ron Charles.
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