It is impossible to reconcile Luke’s account of the family of the newborn Jesus soon returning to Nazareth in Galilee, with Matthew’s assertion that the family of Jesus immediately fled to Egypt for several years to escape Herod’s wrath (Matt. 2:13-14). Luke has Joseph and Mary present Jesus in the temple in Jerusalem when he was forty days old, and then return straightaway to Nazareth (Luke 2:22,39). Also, Luke records that each year the family went to Jerusalem for the Feast of Passover (Luke 2:41) – this does not tally with Matthew’s claim that they were hiding out in Egypt. Matthew, with his predilection that Old Testament prophecies be fulfilled in the life of Jesus, appears to have invented the massacre of the innocents to fulfil a prophecy of Jeremiah (31:15), and the consequential flight to Egypt to fulfil Hosea’s prediction that "out of Egypt I have called my son" (Hosea 11:1).

Christians how do you deal with this contradiction, its not a translation error, its not out of context, its not a lie, i’ve quoted appropriate passages, what are you gonna do?

Sources: http://www.religioustolerance.org/xmas_lib.htm and www.biblegateway.com

Did mary and babby jesus flee to egypt or go straight home?

5 thoughts on “Did mary and babby jesus flee to egypt or go straight home?

  • November 2, 2010 at 5:31 am
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    I don’t know where, but I think they made a pit stop somewhere cuz Jesus had to pee.

  • November 2, 2010 at 5:31 am
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    If

  • November 2, 2010 at 5:31 am
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    Matthew really screwed up because the Hosea passage was referring to the exodus of the Isrealites out of Egypt. Notice the past tense.

  • November 2, 2010 at 5:31 am
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    You and your source just enjoy giving the bible a hard time. The bible is true.

  • November 2, 2010 at 5:31 am
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    someone made a boo boo. its good he went to egypt. the temple at karnak was geared for mass circumcisions. maybe he got in on that.

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