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Matthew 2:1

Context
The Visit of the Wise Men

2:1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem 1  in Judea, in the time 2  of King Herod, 3  wise men 4  from the East came to Jerusalem 5 

Matthew 2:5

Context
2:5 “In Bethlehem of Judea,” they said, “for it is written this way by the prophet:

Matthew 3:1

Context
The Ministry of John the Baptist

3:1 In those days John the Baptist came into the wilderness 6  of Judea proclaiming,

Matthew 4:25

Context
4:25 And large crowds followed him from Galilee, the Decapolis, 7  Jerusalem, 8  Judea, and beyond the Jordan River. 9 

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

2 tn Grk “in the days.”

3 sn King Herod was Herod the Great, who ruled Palestine from 37 b.c. until he died in 4 b.c. He was known for his extensive building projects (including the temple in Jerusalem) and for his cruelty.

4 sn The Greek term magi here describes a class of wise men and priests who were astrologers (L&N 32.40).

5 map For location see Map5 B1; Map6 F3; Map7 E2; Map8 F2; Map10 B3; JP1 F4; JP2 F4; JP3 F4; JP4 F4.

6 tn Or “desert.”

7 tn Here καί (kai) has not been translated before each of the places in the list, since English normally uses a coordinating conjunction only between the last two elements in a series of three or more.

sn The Decapolis refers to a league of towns (originally consisting of ten; the Greek name literally means “ten towns”) whose region (except for Scythopolis) lay across the Jordan River.

8 map For location see Map5 B1; Map6 F3; Map7 E2; Map8 F2; Map10 B3; JP1 F4; JP2 F4; JP3 F4; JP4 F4.

9 tn “River” is not in the Greek text but is supplied for clarity. The region referred to here is sometimes known as Transjordan (i.e., “across the Jordan”).



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