Star of Bethlehem

Star of Bethlehem

The star that guided the magi to the infant Jesus at Bethlehem (Matt 2:1-12). The tradition of a heavenly sign appearing about the time of Jesus’s birth was probably seen by Matthew as a fulfillment of certain OT texts (Num 24:17; Isa 60:3). These were then understood as messianic promises and as an indication of the universal significance of Jesus.

Matt 2:1-12

The Visit of the Wise Men
1In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,2asking, “Where is th ... View more

Num 24:17

17I see him, but not now;
I behold him, but not near—
a star shall come out of Jacob,
and a scepter shall rise out of Israel;
it shall crush the borderlands of ... View more

Isa 60:3

3Nations shall come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

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