Bible Notes

[The Biblical citations given in the Christian Science Quarterly are from the Authorized King James Version. The Bible Notes in these columns can be used, if deemed necessary, to elucidate some of the words or passages contained in the Bible Lessons. The Notes in this issue are related to the Lesson-Sermon designated to be read in Christian Science churches on March 1, 1942.]

"God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:19)—While this represents a literal rendering of the original, the Twentieth Century New Testament suggests the following translation: "God, out of the greatness of his wealth, will, in glory, fully satisfy your every need, through your union with Christ Jesus."

"Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king" (Matt. 2:1)—This Herod, commonly referred to as "Herod the Great," passed on in the year 4 B.C.; and since, as Matthew reminds us, Jesus was born during Herod's reign, the implication is that the nativity occurred in the equivalent of 4 B. C. at the latest, and may quite probably have come about several years earlier.

"We have seen his star in the east" (Matt. 2:2)—The primary meaning of the Greek word "anatole," here translated "east," is "rising"—the connection between the two ideas being, of course, that the "east" was the quarter of the sky in which the sun "rose." In this passage, Dr. McNeile suggests: "We have seen his star at its rising;" and Goodspeed: "We have seen his star rise."

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