In the time of King Herod,
after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea,
wise ones from the East came to Jerusalem, 2asking,
“Where is the child
who has been born king of the Jews?
For we observed his star at its rising,
and have come to pay him homage.”
3When King Herod heard this,
he was frightened,
and all Jerusalem with him;
4and calling together
all the chief priests
and scribes of the people,
he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born.
5They told him,
“In Bethlehem of Judea;
for so it has been written by the prophet:
6‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who is to shepherd my people Israel.’”
7Then Herod secretly called for the wise ones
and learned from them the exact time
when the star had appeared.
8Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying,
“Go and search diligently for the child;
and when you have found him,
bring me word
so that I may also go
and pay him homage.”
9When they had heard the king,
they set out;
and there, ahead of them,
went the star that they had seen at its rising,
until it stopped over the place where the child was.
10When they saw that the star had stopped,
they were overwhelmed with joy.
11On entering the house,
they saw the child with Mary his mother;
and they knelt down and paid him homage.
Then, opening their treasure chests,
they offered him gifts
of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
12And having been warned in a dream
not to return to Herod,
they left for their own country by another road.
Queeries for the text
How many magi were there?
Were the wise ones really magicians? Witches and wizards? Did their descendants know Harry Potter?
How long does it take to travel from the Far East to Bethlehem?
If Herod hadn't noticed, were Mary and Joseph planning on raising Jesus in Bethlehem?
Does that mean they found a home to live in during Jesus' first couple years of life?
What do you do with awkward gifts?
Did Mary keep the frankincense and myrrh as they fled to Egypt as undocumented refugees?
What are your queeries?