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#416699 - 02/03/17 03:53 AM Did the infant Jesus go to Egypt or Galilee?  
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After the Magi had visited the infant Jesus, Matthew writes, “When they had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Rise, take the Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him.’ Joseph rose and took the Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt.” Mt 2:13-14

In Luke we read, “When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, they took Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord,” Lk 2:22 We assume this to mean that it took place 40 days after His birth.
Then a few verses later we read, “When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions of the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth.” Lk 2:39

How does one rectify these two different accounts? I have read/heard these accounts for many years and have never connected (or unconnected) the two. Should these two stories be read in isolation of one another?

#416700 - 02/03/17 11:18 AM Re: Did the infant Jesus go to Egypt or Galilee? [Re: Searcher]  
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The Gospels are silent on the time timing of the visit of the Magi.

Many scholars believe it happened after the 40th day presentation in the temple. Eusebius and Epiphanius thought the wise men did not arrive until about 18-24 months after Christ was born. Which seems to be in line with Herod's commanding the slaying of the innocents 2 years and younger (Mt 2:16).

Others disagree, and think that the Wise Men appeared prior to the 40th day.

Since the Gospels don't give the details we need, it's probably best to accept it as a mystery.

This is pretty good:

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