All christians know that Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus– was born in Bethlehem. They know it because they have been reading and hearing the story in Mathew and Luke. But like with the genealogies, they contradict each other on these stories, too.
You might want me to tell you where, if not in Bethlehem, Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus– was born. I do not know where he was really born, and I am sure nobody knows. What I do know is that he was not born in David’s hometown.
Just like before, Mathew and Luke were trying to make Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus– meet the other requirement to become the messiah:
5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
According to Mathew and Luke accounts, Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus– was born in Bethlehem, the problem, again, is in the details.
Luke says that Joseph and Mary lived in Nazareth and because of the census; they had to go to Bethlehem. Once there, they could not find a spot in the inn, so they had to go to a manger. Then Mary went in labor and gave birth to Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus. Some angels told some shepherds about the birth of the christ, and they all went to worship him. And voila! The prophecy was fulfilled. That was Luke’s way to make the christ he was creating be born in Bethlehem.
If Luke had been the only one to write about the birthplace of Yeshua’s – A.K.A. Jesus, I would have believed him. But I had already read Mathew, and all the problems began.
According to Mathew, Joseph and Mary did not live in Nazareth, they lived in Bethlehem. They had a house there.
Read what he wrote:
2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.
When the magi get to Bethlehem, they do not go to the manger to “worship” the newly born king of the Jews. As you can see in the verse above cited, they entered a house.
That is why Mathew did not mention the inn, the manger or the shepherds. He did not do it because, according to his version, there was no need of them. Joseph and Mary had a house in Bethlehem.
With this, Mathew is saying that Joseph and Mary had their permanent residence in Bethlehem.
2:19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,
2:20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's life.
2:22 But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee:
2:23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.
After being told by the angel, Joseph took his family back to Israel. At first, he wanted to go back to their home in Bethlehem which was in Judea, but when he heard that Archelaus reigned there, he decided to go to Nazareth.
It is evident in Mathew that Joseph and Mary established their residence in Nazareth after coming back from Egypt.
Mathew and Luke’s accounts of the birth of Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus– do not complement each other, they are in contradiction. Luke never mentioned that Joseph took his family to Egypt, or the wise men coming from the east. He did not do it because he was not trying to fulfill all of the prophecies.
The fact of the matter is nobody knew about Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus– before his appearance in the political and religious scene. Luke and Mathew had to invent Yeshua’s – A.K.A. Jesus– upbringing. Or perhaps they did know his origins, but they had to change them to make him the long awaited messiah.
By creating their stories, Mathew and Luke were trying to kill two birds with one stone; they made their messiah meet the requirement of being born in Bethlehem and, at the same time, they fulfilled what they thought it was another requirement: He shall be called a Nazarene.
That was why they needed Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus– to be tied to both Nazareth and Bethlehem.
But they got everything wrong! In their efforts to make Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus– the perfect messiah, they tried to fulfill each prophecy written by the Levites, but those prophecies were written to be fulfilled by other messiahs, and they had already been fulfilled. Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus– was not the first deliverer of the Jews. Furthermore, He shall be called a Nazarene is not even prophecy; a Nazarite is a man or woman devoted to god:
6:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When either man or woman shall separate themselves to vow a vow of a Nazarite, to separate themselves unto the LORD:
6:3 He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried.
This is proof that the knowledge Mathew and Luke had of the scriptures was limited. First, they confused Nazarite with Nazarene. Second, they thought that a Nazarite was a person who lived in a place named Nazareth, not a person who separated himself/herself to his/her god. Had they known that, they would have never written those verses where Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus– drank wine:
11:19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.
7:34 The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!
22:18 For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.
… Because a Nazarite was not to drink it. That is also proof that Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus– did not know he was going to be called Nazarite; otherwise, he would have never drunk wine. However, both Mathew and Luke thought that, to be called “Nazarene”, Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus– had to reside in a town called Nazareth, and no matter how; they had to make him land there.
As I said before, Mathew’s mission was to fulfill the tiniest prophecy in the scriptures. His intention of making his messiah fulfill all of the requirements made him create the story of Joseph and his family going to Egypt. He did it because there was an alleged prophecy that stated:
11:1 When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.
That was not a prophecy for any of the messiahs. Hosea was narrating how his god had liberated his people, Israel.
Mathew, demonstrating how ignorant he was, thought that his messiah had to come from Egypt, that was why he invented the story where Joseph and his family go there. And I say he invented it because Luke does not mention Joseph’s stay in the land of the pharaohs.
Read what Mathew wrote:
2:14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:
2:15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.
One more time, Mathew is making his messiah meet a requirement that was not such.
Talking about the birthplace of the alleged messiah, I have seen some maps of ancient Israel, and I have not spotted a city named Nazareth. It would not surprise me if they went to the extreme of “inventing” a city to make their “prophecy” come true.
Which of the two “apostles” is lying about the circumstances around the birthplace of Yeshua’s – A.K.A. Jesus? Is it Mathew, who says that Joseph and Mary lived in Bethlehem and then, after coming back from Egypt, they established their residence in Nazareth, or is it Luke, who says that Joseph and Mary used to live in Nazareth before Yeshua was born? I think both of them are. The truth is Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus– was not even born in Bethlehem, if he had, the ordinary Jews of his time would have not doubted he could have been the messiah, and Mathew and Luke would have written the same circumstances surrounding his birth.
It is clear that Mathew and Luke knew they had to make Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus– be born in Bethlehem for him to be accepted as the messiah, but the only way to achieve that was by lying because they knew Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus– had been born somewhere else.
Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus– failed to fulfill the second requirement for all deliverers, no matter how hard these two scribes tried. He had to be born in Bethlehem, and he was not. Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus– is disqualified to be called the christ.
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