If the following appear in Scripture (in the original languages of course), answer true. If not, answer false.
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All are false. Magi were a cross between what we would call astronomers and astrologers. They brought three gifts so there may have been three of them but we are never told that. If, by the Orient, one means the Far East, then no, they weren't Orientals. They were most likely from Persia or Arabia. The magi would have arrived well after Jesus' birth and they found him in a house. A manger was a feeding trough for animals. Swaddling clothes kept the baby's limbs firmly against his or her body, inhibiting mobility. Babies often disliked them. The only animals the Bible mentions are the sheep out in the fields. The angels might have sung, but the verb Luke uses before their words is "said." Shepherds were the gypsies of the day, nomadic, sometimes thieves, and generally despised.
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Dr. Craig L. Blomberg serves as Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary.
Dr. Blomberg completed his PhD in New Testament, specializing in the parables and the writings of Luke-Acts, at Aberdeen University in Scotland. He received an MA from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a BA from Augustana College. Before joining the faculty of Denver Seminary, he taught at Palm Beach Atlantic College and was a research fellow in Cambridge, England with Tyndale House.
In addition to writing numerous articles in professional journals, multi-author works and dictionaries or encyclopedias, he has authored or edited 20 books, including The Historical Reliability of the Gospels, Interpreting the Parables, commentaries on Matthew, 1 Corinthians and James, Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey, From Pentecost to Patmos: An Introduction to Acts through Revelation, Neither Poverty nor Riches: A Biblical Theology of Possessions; Making Sense of the New Testament: Three Crucial Questions; Preaching the Parables; Contagious Holines: Jesus' Meals with Sinners; and Handbook of New Testament Exegesis.
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