And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, frankincense, and myrrh– Matthew 2:11

(Greek) 3813. Paidíon: a young child, an infant, a little child, little one; properly– a child under training– (“a little child in training”) implies a younger child (perhaps seven years old or younger). Some scholars apply 3816. (país) to a son or daughter up to 20 years old.

Upon the arrival of the Magi, one might ponder the generally accepted age of Jesus: Was Jesus really an infant upon their arrival, or was He possibly much older than our basic assumption? This assumption is largely surmised from Herod’s murderous decree against male children two years and younger. Yet, is it likely that the wise men were intuitively aware of Herod’s deadly intentions? Therefore, it seems only natural that the Magi would have concealed the child’s true age– though tragically, still having to produce an answer to the dark-hearted ruler. Continue reading “The Alexandrian Jew”