Why was Jesus in Egypt? - Drive Thru History


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“Out of Egypt I called my Son” is a prophecy written by Hosea over 700 years before Jesus. It relates to the Messiah somehow getting to Egypt early in his life. Otherwise, he couldn’t be “called out of Egypt” later.

An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”

So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod.

Following the visitation of the Magi, Joseph is instructed to take Jesus and Mary to Egypt to avoid Herod’s attempts to kill Jesus. Egypt was not very far away from Judaea, in comparison to other provinces with a large number of Jews such as Babylonia or Persia. There were still many Jews living in Egypt, dating back to before the Babylonian exile, so the family may have sought help from relatives or family friends..." from the article: Out of Egypt – Jesus’ family escapes to Egypt

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