Q. How many times is Herod’s name mentioned?
A. 7 times
Q. How many times is Herod called “king” in Matthew?
Q. Where was Zachariah working?
A. In the temple, although not the Holy of Holies
Q. Mary was chosen to marry Joseph by,
A. Her Family C. The elders of the city
B. Joseph D. Herself
Q. There would have been extra soldiers in Bethlehem at the Census. Why?
A. Because almost all Jewish revolts were at a census.
Q. During what season was Jesus most likely actually born?
A. In the fall, around November.
Q. How many Magi were there?
A. It is not known. There might have been three but the masculine plural word “Magi” could mean any number.
Q. Why did Herod not pursue Mary, Joseph, and Jesus into Egypt?
A. He hated Egypt, because every year on Cleopatra’s birthday, Mark Antony gave her one of Herod’s cities as a gift.
Q. Was the star an actual star?
A. It might have been a star, then again it might have been the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn which, according to the direction of the road to Bethlehem, would appear to stand still over the town.
Q. Why might the Magi have thought the star meant a king was born?
A. The Magi studied the stars, and knew that Saturn means “birth” and Jupiter means “king” so if you put them together get “birth king”
Q. Why were the gifts the Magi brought so useful for Mary and Joseph?
A. Because on the road (like to Egypt) it is useful to carry something small and valuable, like gold, frankincense, and myrhh
His favor rests.”
Luke 2:13 NIV