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Matthew 2:2


saying, “Where is the one who is born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose 1  and have come to worship him.”


Nu 24:17; Ps 2:6; Ps 45:11; Isa 9:6,7; Isa 32:1,2; Isa 60:3; Jer 23:5; Zec 9:9; Mt 2:10,11; Mt 21:5; Lu 1:78,79; Lu 2:11; Lu 19:38; Lu 23:3,38; Joh 1:49; Joh 5:23; Joh 9:38; Joh 12:13; Joh 18:37; Joh 19:12-15,19; Joh 20:28; Heb 1:6; Re 22:16

NET © Notes

tn Or “in its rising,” referring to the astrological significance of a star in a particular portion of the sky. The term used for the “East” in v. 1 is ἀνατολαί (anatolai, a plural form that is used typically of the rising of the sun), while in vv. 2 and 9 the singular ἀνατολή (anatolh) is used. The singular is typically used of the rising of a star and as such should not normally be translated “in the east” (cf. BDAG 74 s.v. 1: “because of the sg. and the article in contrast to ἀπὸ ἀνατολῶν, vs. 1, [it is] prob. not a geograph. expr. like the latter, but rather astronomical…likew. vs. 9”).

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