Re: Magi & Matthew 2
On Sat, 1 Oct 1994 firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> I have three problems with this common understanding. (1) I am not aware of
> any ancient Jewish source that looks for a Messianic birth in Bethlehem.
> Iindeed, a/the "messiah" is generally one who appears to set things right, not
> one whose birth is emphasized at all.
I wouldn't be too sure about that. I would recommend browsing through
one of my favorite books, _The Messiah Texts_ by Rafael Patai, a
source-book of Jewish lore on the Messiah, from antiquity to modern
times. There were some pretty exaggerated stories about the Messiah's
birth circulating at some point in Jewish history - although dating these
is always a tricky problem.