Sunday, October 12, 2014 4:13 AM

An Insight From the Talmud

Sunday, October 12, 2014 4:13 AM
Sunday, October 12, 2014 4:13 AM

Interestingly, there is another piece of evidence from the Talmud, in conjunction with Luke’s biography of Jesus, which indirectly points to Bethlehem as the birthplace of the Messiah. In one discussion, some of the rabbinic scholars conclude that the Messiah must be revealed at a place called Migdal Eder (Tower of the Flock). This is known to be the place where the shepherds who specialized in the animals for Temple sacrifice would watch their flocks, especially during the time of any holy day. 

Gen35.21 Israel journeyed on and pitched his tent beyond the tower of Eder.

This of course, perfectly fits Luke’s description of the place of the Messiah’s first revelation, as well as that of the original witnesses, the shepherds in the fields of Bethlehem.

 Luke2.And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them[1]


[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. 2001 (Lk 2:8–9). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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