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Bibil Identifier bibil:245301
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Herod the Great, the Magi, and Parthia
Author Trost, Travis D.
Journal Henoch. Studies in Judaism and Christianity from Second Temple to Late Antiquity (Volume: 38, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2016
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2016
Year (Copyright) 2016
Year (Reference) 2016
Language English
Pages 89-110 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The narrative of the Magi in the Gospel of Matthew needs to be studied from a vantage point that seeks to understand Matthew's account through the concerns of the ancient world. Often the actions of the Magi are seen through the prism of Christmas celebrations or through a critique of Matthew's skills as a historian. The activities of the Magi are more complex because the Magi encountered Herod the Great at a difficult time in his kingship. They engage with a king who is under stress and their message of a supernatural star combined with their eastern origin put him under even more stress. Matthew writes a narrative that weaves Hebrew Bible sources, his knowledge of the Roman empire, and the hope for a Davidic messiah into a message that explains why Herod the Great would feel pressured to fight for his kingdom.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha : Apocryphal Texts relating to New Testament Characters or Events : Other Texts : Legend of the Magi
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Messiah
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Periods : Roman Period (from 63 BCE) : On the Threshold of the Christian Era (63-4 BCE) : Herod the Great (37-4)
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Birth
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Themes : Astrology
Pericopes Matthew 2
Numbers 24,17
Micah 5,2
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