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Luke 2:4

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2:4 So 1  Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth 2  in Galilee to Judea, to the city 3  of David called Bethlehem, 4  because he was of the house 5  and family line 6  of David.

1 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “so” to indicate the consequential nature of the action.

2 sn On Nazareth see Luke 1:26.

map For location see Map1 D3; Map2 C2; Map3 D5; Map4 C1; Map5 G3.

3 tn Or “town.” The translation “city” is used here because of its collocation with “of David,” suggesting its importance, though not its size.

4 sn The journey from Nazareth to the city of David called Bethlehem was a journey of about 90 mi (150 km). Bethlehem was a small village located about 7 miles south-southwest of Jerusalem.

map For location see Map5 B1; Map7 E2; Map8 E2; Map10 B4.

5 sn Luke’s use of the term “house” probably alludes to the original promise made to David outlined in the Nathan oracle of 2 Sam 7:12-16, especially in light of earlier connections between Jesus and David made in Luke 1:32. Further, the mention of Bethlehem reminds one of the promise of Mic 5:2, namely, that a great king would emerge from Bethlehem to rule over God’s people.

6 tn Or “family,” “lineage.”



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