In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q: A question for you: Since the Gospel according to Matthew says that the Magi came to the “house,” where was that house? Bethlehem, Egypt, Nazareth, Kansas City?


A: Definitely Bethlehem. That’s where Matthew has them living at the time.

The story of having no room at the inn comes from Luke, and the two gospels do not always harmonize.

One theory is that “house” is not a good translation, and that “village” would be better. That would help those uncomfortable with two different interpretations in two different gospels.