The Gospel of Matthew Series | Matthew 2:13-15 - Egyptian Relocation

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MATTHEW 2:13-15 |Egyptian Relocation

13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” 14 And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt 15 and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

In fear for the life of a young, roughly two-year-old Jesus, Joseph relocates his family out of the land of Israel to Egypt. The location is likely the city of Alexandria in northern Egypt along the Mediterranean coast. During the first-century, Alexandria served as the largest urban Jewish center in the diaspora (the world of Judaism outside of the land of Israel). It is in Alexandria where the Septuagint, the first translation of the Hebrew Bible, is translated into the then modern Greek language. The heavy presence of Judaism in Alexandria would be a relatively seamless fit for Joseph's family, keeping them safe from Herod and his son Archelaus.

Written by Jeremy Stein, Content Development Coordinator for the Center for Holy Lands Studies.

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