SynopsisThis passage begins with Herod’s death, and a message to Joseph (in another dream) that it’s safe to return to Israel. However, he later hears that Herod’s son Archelaus is now ruling in Herod’s place. I guess this is a bad thing, because Joseph gets another dream, warning him to withdraw to a region of Israel called Galilee, where he settles in Nazareth. We are told that this happens so that the word of the prophets might be fulfilled, “He shall be called a Nazarene” (verse 23 (ESV) ).
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