There’s a young servant marching with those magi out of the desert, so we’ve sent our intrepid reporter to talk with him.
Reporter: Hello young man. Can you tell our readers where this caravan is heading?
Student: Sure. We’re on our way to Jerusalem.
Reporter: What? In Israel? Why on earth would professors from Babylon be heading there?
Student: Well, we saw a star.
Reporter (points): That star?
Student: Yes. That’s right.
Reporter: And I suppose your wise professors have some great theory about what it means.
Student: Yes, well, no. Not exactly. It was my theory first.
Reporter: Your theory?
Student: Yes. Everyone was arguing about it, see, so they sent me off to the library to see what I could find.
Reporter: Lots of books in that library, are there?
Student: Tons of them. I thought I’d start with the old Israelite stuff though, ‘cause my great great granddad... whatever... my ancestors were Jews back in the day. Came over to Babylon with Daniel.
Reporter: With who?
Student: With Daniel. He was a great Jewish professor, a prophet they called him. He’s got lots of books in our library.
Reporter: Well, since you’re heading for Jerusalem, I guess you must have found something in those books.
Student: Yes, I did. It was in Daniel’s stuff. He had lots of numbers and seventy seven...
Reporter: Um... Could you skip the mathematics please?
Student: Sure, okay, but it’s really cool. Well, anyway, if you add up all Daniel’s numbers and count them right, well, there’s a king going to be born right around now who dies about thirty years on.
Reporter: Seriously? You’re telling me King Herod’s going to die in thirty years?
Student: No, not him. A new king.
Reporter: A new king? I don’t suppose old Herod will be too thrilled with a new upstart claiming his throne.
Student: That’s not my problem. I just read the books.
Reporter: And let the professors take all the credit I suppose.
Student: Of course.
Reporter: And clean up after the camels?
Student: Well, yes, that too. Sorry, I’ve got to go.
So there you have it folks. Babylonian professors are on their way to Jerusalem to welcome a new king, and we won’t be responsible for what King Herod does when he finds out.
More about Bethlehem’s Baby:
Meet the Emperor Augustus’s advisors, the quiet research student helping wise men study stars, the shepherd whose granddad keeps complaining, an Egyptian fisherboy, a Roman soldier, and more in this set of 40 5-minute read-aloud stories based around the events of the Christ Child’s birth in Bethlehem.
Find Bethlehem’s Baby at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EY172MA/
More of the Five-Minute Bible StoryTM Series on the publisher’s website: http://capearagopress.com/Five-Minute.html
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