Luke’s nativity, written in Greek, rejoices that the Kingdom has come. Gabriel visits and the family travels from Galilee to Bethlehem, under the census of Quirinius of Syria (6-7 CE). Scholars explain that people don’t travel to the place of their family’s origin from a thousand years earlier, although between Matthew and Luke, Luke is the story I trust. Mary visits Elizabeth, her Aaronite/Levitical cousin. Mary’s presumed uncomfortableness with a virgin birth, along with Joseph’s dream, Elizabeth’s blessing seemingly puts Mary at ease. Plus, we now have an introduction to John, seemingly three months older than Jesus.
Matthew was probably written in Coptic using Agrippa II’s Hebrew prophesies that Messiah must fulfill, and focuses on the Jewish messiah equating Jesus with Moses. Herod massacres the innocents like Pharaoh killing all the newborn Jewish males and Jesus is later called from Egypt like Israel returning from slavery.
To me, proto-Matthew’s author, written before Mark, was King Agrippa II. Josephus, Life, explains that when Agrippa II arrived in Rome, retiring from public life, he could not speak Greek well at first, like Matthew per Pappias via Eusebius. Mt 9:9 has Matthew as a tax collector, with Herod noted as the chief tax collector by Robert Eisenman:
And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him.
Matthew begins Jesus’s story in Bethlehem with the Star, Egypt’s North Star. Dio’s Lagus explains the metaphor, whose star was rising until it didn’t. In addition to Queen Helen’s Jerusalem Pyramids, Archaeologists have found further Pyramids in Israel, declaring, to me, the Egyptian theology, with the eternal North Star resting comfortably in the sky’s dome at the same place all through the night. Persia and Turkey were from the North.To me, the Magi, possibly even Persian Magi who joined Alexander the Great’s court, later following the Ptolemy’s to Egypt, came from Alexandria, although some suggest the Magi as from Turkey.
To me, an editor messed up the order of the words and the Magi saw the Star at its rising in the East. Matthew was written in Egypt by careful scholars cross-checking Matthew’s prophesies against the Septuagint. A minority of scholars currently suggest Egypt’s Septuagint as pre-dating Judaism. I wonder how the Samaritan Bible was created, seemingly differing from the Masoretic but by a few passages. Bethlehem, South of Jerusalem, is East of Alexandria, the Northernmost tip of Egypt. Coptic scholars would have noticed Jesus’s star rising from Bethlehem in the East, where the family lived, per Matthew. The complete disconnect between Matthew and Luke is one of the reasons I believe the texts were produced independently.
Matthew carefully presents Jesus as fulfilling Jewish scripture. From the massacre of the innocents paralleling Pharoa’s declaration of death to any male Israelites to Matthew’s explaining, “Out of Egypt I have called my son.” Now, interestingly, Augustus Caesar similarly had a “virgin” birth. Perhaps Roman scholars have reason not to highlight the story of Atia sleeping in Apollo’s temple and dreaming of the snake that impregnated her. Perhaps Augustus also heard the charge, “We know who our father is.” (Lk 3:8, Jn 8:19, 39).
Much later, Constantine defined Jesus’s birthday on Dec 25th, a few days after the Solstice. Now, our Jewish friends have a mystical linking of the first twelve days of the year to the twelve months of the year; explaining what you do on each day will define how you will live the next year. Perhaps this is the origin of the twelve days of Christmas and gift-giving. Anyway, we celebrate with the Norse custom, the German custom of the forest, by trimming a tree. Nine balls are prescribed for the tree, representing the nine worlds of Creation, like the ten worlds of Jewish Kabballah with a squirrel running up and down the tree between the eagle and snake. And we top it with the Star representing Bethlehem.