Matthew 2:10-11: "They were overjoyed at seeing the star, 11 and on entering the house they saw the child and Mary his mother."
I used to think that the nativity scene and the wise men coming were the same event. Matthew sets them side by side with a similar shining star.
My dad believes they are separate events. According to him, Jesus was born in the manger, but it took a year for the wise men to travel from Persia to Jerusalem, then five miles to Bethlehem, into a house to find Jesus and Mary.
But if they started in Jerusalem, he's stumped because it wouldn't take a year to get to Bethlehem. King Herod heard of this, and he assembled all the chief priests and scribes, which might take time too depending where they're from.
I looked into the Greek word of the English word "House" found in our bible, and it means "dwelling place." This can either mean a real house or the dwelling place of the Lord, wherever he may be.
They also follow a star, and the author makes us think it's the same star enough to believe it "is" the same star.
At the end of the day, it doesn't matter. If it's a merge that came over time, it reminds me of Julius Caesar who really died in the Pompeii Theatre, but Shakespeare put him to death in the Senate House to save time and money. So I'm wondering which has more weight: if the wise men came at the same time period or a year later.
I'm curious if the church has taught anything on this?