Posted by: biblestudyseattle | December 14, 2022

The Magi and Aretas IV

We three kings of orient are…

“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying,  “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him.” Matthew 2:1-2

Where were the magi from? Dwight Longenecker believes they were envoys from Aretas IV, who ruled the Nabateans from 9BC to 40AD. https://theimaginativeconservative.org/2017/12/why-gold-frankincense-myrrh-mystery-of-the-magi-dwight-longenecker.html

The famous mausoleum at Petra is thought to be Aretas IV’s tomb.


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