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Monday, December 3, 2012

Christmas Music and Matthew 2:1-23

Merry Christmas, all month long!  

-- Brianroy

Recent Classics:  

Celtic Woman Christmas Special - 2007


Andre Rieu Christmas Special - 2005  (Speaking German, but the music is for all)


Matthew Chapter 2

King James Version (KJV)
Alternate Word Pictures with Reiterations (AWPR) - Translation mine.

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, (KJV)

1)    Then Jesus / Yeshua, having been born in Bethlehem of Judea
in the days of Herod the king:
Behold, look and see;
Magi from (the) rising sun – from (the) dawn – from (the) East
(publicly and noticeably) arrived into Jerusalem,  (AWPR)

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. (KJV)

2)    Uttering definite words – saying:
          ‘In what place – Where is He (whom is) brought forth – born
            King of the Jews?
            For – Because   we beheld – saw – observed – watched
            the luminous body – the star of Him in the East,                
            and came forth publicly so as to make an appearance
            to kiss – to adore – to show respect and falling/ prostrating obeisance
           -  to worship him.

3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.  (KJV) 

3)    Then (paying heed and) hearing intently – listening (carefully),
Herod the king
was stirred up and agitated / troubled with great fear and questions,
and all of Jerusalem with him.   (AWPR)

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.  (KJV)
4)    And gathering – assembling together
the first / chief priests and Scribes

[Scribes - includes scribes who copy the Torah, Accountants,
and Civil Servant / Officials that were Recorders, Librarians, and other
various forms of Book or Document Keepers (including tax-collectors like    Matthew, author of this Gospel).]
            of the people,
            he asked – inquired – examined from them
            where – in what place the Christ was to be born.  (AWPR)

5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, (KJV)
5)     Then they said – spoke – replied to him,
       ‘In Bethlehem of Judea,
         for thus – in this manner or way
         it has been engraved – inscribed – carved – written
         through the prophet,     (AWPR)

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.  (KJV)

6)     ‘And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah,
   by no means – not at all
   are you least in rank – dignity – importance
   in – amongst the leaders – rulers – governors of Judah;
   for – because out of you will proceed / come forth
   a leader – chief – commander – ruler,
   someone who will Shepherd the people – nation
   of Me, Israel.  (AWPR)

7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. (KJV)
7)    At that time then, Herod in a manner or way concealed from notice –
secretly – discreetly – privately
calling – summoning forth – authoritatively invited
the Magi – the wise men
(and) asked precisely - inquired accurately / inquired exactly
from them the Time – Period – Season
of the shining – illuminating – giving light
[and remaining in that state of excessive illumination]
star – luminous body.   (AWPR)

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.  (KJV)
8)    And causing to go – sending them
[implies a military escort for part of the journey to ensure they
 went on the correct road and were certainly on their way.  Herod was in Jerusalem only 4.1 plus miles to the north, where sending word back to him could be done by one servant sent back on foot, even walking by lamp or torch by night, in just inside one hour]
into Bethlehem, he said,
     ‘Having walked and passed – having gone through,
      accurately examine – exactly with diligence find out –
      inquire thoroughly about
      regarding the little child.
      Then, as soon as – whenever you find and search out / discover,
      announce it to – send word to – make known to
      me,  so that I may also come up alongside with (you)
      to worship Him.’     (AWPR) 

Comment on distance:
Justin, in his Apology, 1.34, says:  "And thou, Bethlehem, the land of Judah" etc.  ‘Now there is a village in the land of the Jews, 35 stadia  [4.1 miles] from Jerusalem, in which Jesus Christ was born, as you can [still] ascertain also from the registers of the taxing made under Cyrenius, your first procurator in Judea."  It appears to me that the Inn or House to where Jesus was to be located was in this general vicinity at least a mile closer than the boundaries of modern Bethlehem and in the hills northeast of the current modern city, as yet unexcavated.  That makes sense that if Bethlehem was so crowded that there was no room, they would be forced to make the best they could in the outskirts of the city, at a in Bethlehem point closest to Jerusalem, and yet above the primary dust and smog (that generally settles upon the first 200 feet of a civilization and makes the air tan or brownish as one looks down across a valley or plain of it), it seems to me. 

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.  (KJV)
9)    Then they, having heard and listened to the king carefully – intently
(continued and) passed through – departed.
And behold, look and see; the luminous body – the star
which they saw – beheld – observed – watched
in the rising sun – in the dawn – in the East
preceded before and led them forth until, coming,
it stood up above / over and upon
where the little child was.  (AWPR)

10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. (KJV)
10)                     Then seeing – beholding – observing the luminous body / star,
          they rejoiced with great – abundant
           joy – delight – gladness,
          with very much eagerness.  (AWPR)

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.   (KJV)
11)                     And coming into the house / building, 1
         They saw – beheld – observed the little child
         with Miriam / Mary the mother of Him.
         And falling down prostrate they adored – showed obeisance to –
         worshiped Him.
         And opening the treasures put – set – stored of them,
         they brought up alongside with / next to – near to Him
         gratuitous – generous  gifts of
         gold and frankincense and myrrh.  (AWPR)        

12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.  (KJV)
12)                     And having been addressed
         in a very straight-forward business-like warning – oracle
         by a dream that they should not go back again – return
         up alongside with Herod,
         through another of the same kind of way – highway – route
         they departed back again into
         the country – land – region – territory of them.2   (AWPR) 

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.   (KJV)
13)                     Then they, having left – having departed back again:
          behold, look and see;
          an angel / messenger of (the) LORD
          shone – gave light / illumination – appeared
          down in a dream to Joseph, uttering definite words – saying,
              ‘Rise (from sleep and sluggishness) – Rise up!
               take up and seize the little child and the mother of Him,
               and hurriedly flee – escape quickly  into Egypt;
               and be you in that place there
               until I shall speak to you:
               for Herod is at the point of – is about to look for and strive to find
               the little child, to kill – put to death – destroy Him.’

14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:  (KJV)
14)                     Then he  rising up (from sleep and sluggishness)
          Took up and seized – snatched up 
          The little child and the mother of Him by night,
          And departed back again into Egypt.3

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.  (KJV)
15)                      And he was in that place there until
           the end – completion (death) of  Herod,
         in order that would be fulfilled that spoken
         under the LORD through the prophets,
         laying down definite words saying – speaking,
            ‘Out of Egypt I have called / summoned forth
              The Son of Me.’

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 inquired of the wise men. (KJV)
16)                     At that time then,  Herod (upon) seeing –beholding that
          he was deluded – deceived – played the fool
          under – by the Magi,
          (he) was provoked into a great wrath – indignation – rage.
          And sending forth [soldiers on his resulting orders],
          He took away in death – he murdered
          All the male children in Bethlehem,
          And in all the boundaries – frontiers – limits – region of it,
       From 2 years and downwards,
       According to the Time he diligently and accurately inquired
       From the proximity of
       [i.e., that Herod posed to a group presented before him
         who were also far enough away to converse in whispers secretly
          among themselves]
      The Magi.   

17)  Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying,  (KJV)

      17)      Then at that time was fulfilled – accomplished – completed
                  that definitely uttered / said  
                  under – by – through Jeremiah the prophet

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.  (KJV)
18)                     ‘A voice – A sound
           Shone forth –toned forth
           [and would echo in the recurring recollections of the minds
            of those who heard it]
           in Rama was attentively heard – listened carefully to:
        loud wailing and grievous weeping with tears,
        and much (tormented – sorrowful) bewailing;
        Rachel grievously weeping with tears for the children of her,
        And certainly not willing / certainly not having the
        will – desire – purpose
        to have called to the side of – to be aided or comforted
        because they certainly were not.’

Comment:  The tomb of Rachel, wife of Jacob, who died in giving birth to Benjamin (cf. Genesis 35:16-19), was and is located in the region that is now the city of modern Bethlehem.  Benjamin was called Ben-Oni “son of I / son of me”, which some have mistranslated as “son of my sorrow”.  However, Jacob affirms it was “son of I / son of me” when he renamed the child as Ben-Yamin “Son at my Right Hand”.  Indeed, Jesus / Yeshua would eventually be known to humanity as “the son at the Right Hand” of GOD the Father Almighty.

19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, (KJV)
19)                     Then Herod
          having come to his end – having expired / completed / died;
          behold, look and see: an Angel of (the) LORD
          down in a dream gives light – shines – appears
          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.  (KJV)
20)                     Speaking with definite words – saying,
             ‘Rising up (from sleep and sluggishness).
              Take up – possess – seize – take along
              the little child and the mother of Him,
              and pass through into (the) Land of Israel:
              for – because those seeking – striving to find
              the soul of / the life of   the little child
              have died (by natural means).’     (AWPR) 

21 And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. (KJV)
21)                     Then he [Joseph] rising up,
          took up – seized and took along – snatched up
          the little child and the mother of Him,
          and came forth publicly 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:  (KJV)
22)                     Then, hearing attentively and hearkening that Archelaus
          reigns upon Judea  against / in place of – in lieu of /
          in substitution as a successor of 
          Herod the father of him,
          he [Joseph] feared and trembled with fright and terror
          (so as to run away) [rather than]  to go there in that place:
           Then, down in a dream,
           being addressed
           in a very straight-forward business-like
           order - response - warning – oracle,
           he [Joseph]  departed back again into the [sea – waters
           of the] sides – parts – coasts.4
           And behold, look and see;
           The heavens to him were opened,
           And he saw – beheld – observed (it was) the 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. (KJV)
23)                     And having come forth publicly,
          He dwelt in a permanent dwelling / he resided
          Into a city – protected settlement called Nazareth;
          So as to accomplish – make full – complete – fulfill
          That spoken – foretold through the prophet:
                 ‘He shall be summoned forth / called Nazarene.”

Disclaimer:  The Alternate Word Pictures with Reiterations (AWPR) translation should be used as a Bible Study Aid only, and it is recommended that a direct literal translation or the King James Bible be used for regular and ecclesiastical purposes, and that the AWPR be used in association only as a Bible study aid so as to help the reader / user in their Bible Studying to clarify context and Scriptural Intent.     Thanks.  -- Brianroy


1.      The events of the Magi arriving is AFTER the events listed in Luke Chapter 2.  Finding Mary and Jesus the angelically announced Messiah in a manure filled stall, it is not a stretch in any way that the Shepherds (who possibly were raising their flocks primarily  in the valley of Achor, south of Jericho – Isaiah 65:9-10, before proceeding round about to Jerusalem through the south via Bethlehem) could easily have used sheep as payment for someone or the Inn itself to take Miriam and her baby in out of doors.  Judaism often places an emphasis of the relationship of child and mother, and of common decency.  A trade (for example) of 7 fat sheep for eating, and perhaps a lamb without spot or blemish for trade or sacrifice for the Temple would have been more than sufficient payment.  There is absolutely no justification for any relocation of the event to Nazareth or anywhere else.  In fact, the events of both the Shepherds and the visit by the Magi would have preceded the actual day of circumcision of the little child Jesus, meaning the visits by the Shepherds in Luke 2 (written in A.D. 50) and that of the Magi in Matthew 2 (written between June of A.D. 55 and the early fall of A.D. 56 at the latest), both were completed within the first 8 days of Jesus birth.   
2.      The Highway to Israel from Babylonia would have been via:  Accad, Mari, Tadmor, Damascus, Capernaum, Jericho, Jerusalem, and points along that route.

The exit taken by the Magi away from Herod, would likely have been south from Bethlehem to the road that passed from Kadesh Barnea (around the southern part of the Dead Sea traveling East then North through Edom on the King's Highway) to Rabboth-Bene-Ammon, then due east to Dumah, and from Dumah to Babylonia.

3.      “Departed back again”  is the most accurate translation possible for the Koine Greek Word of this verse, which is “anechoresen” – the aorist indicative active of anachoreo.  This means that Joseph, although of the House of David, was a Jew who was previously living in Egypt and for some time had made his home and livelihood there.  Most likely that home was in Alexandria, and the use of the aorist indicative active of anachoreo in the way it is presented in this verse suggests that is where Mary also had spent some time as the wife of Joseph upon her marriage to him.  It also gives cause for a working hypothesis as to part of the reason why Mark took his Gospel to Alexandria after the death of the Apostle Peter on June 29, 57 A.D., and founded what would be the Coptic Church before his own death in the 8th year of Nero in A.D. 62 (just 5 years after that of Peter’s death in Rome).  There must have been some sort of familiarity and testimony that joined Joseph by family and (Mary and the LORD Jesus to that city later, albeit briefly) as a city of refuge away from and out of Herod’s jurisdiction and influence.

4.       Joseph, it seems to me, most clearly took the little child / baby Jesus and the mother of Him out of Egypt by ship back to Israel.  They probably first embarked to Joppa, heard the news of Archelaus, and then took the journey to the next stop of Caesarea (Song of Solomon 2:1) on the coast of Samaria and entered through the plain of Sharon.  Prophecy related to Sharon in the Old Testament informs us that Joseph then would have proceeded by land up to Mount Carmel (Isaiah 35:1-2) before turning aside to Galilee, so as to appear to enter it from an origin in the north and avert suspicion as having actually come from the south. 

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