Luke 2:22 Commentary - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments
§ 12. JESUS PRESENTED IN THE TEMPLE, Luk 2:22-38 .
The presentation in the temple must have preceded the arrival of the Magi; as after their presence Jesus would have not have been safe from Herod’s hands.
Jesus underwent circumcision as he underwent death; not because of his own sin, but because he stood as representative of sinners and as a bearer of the sins of others.
Called Jesus See note on Mat 1:21.
22. Days of her purification These were forty days after the birth of a male child; during which the mother was held ceremonially impure, and remained in her own house. The design of this institution was to teach the Jews that man is impure from conception and birth conceived in sin and brought forth in iniquity.
22. Brought him to Jerusalem From Bethlehem to the temple at Jerusalem.
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Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments
Daniel D. Whedon (1808-1885) was a prominent university professor, theologian, and author. He served as Professor of Ancient Languages at Wesleyan University in Connecticut; as Professor of Rhetoric at the University of Michigan; and as editor of the Methodist Quarterly Review from 1856 to1884. He authored numerous books including Commentary on the New Testament (New York: Carlton & Porter, 1860); Commentary on the Old Testament (New York: Nelson & Phillips, 1873); What is Arminianism? (Toronto: W. Briggs, 1879); and Essays, Reviews, and Discourses (New York: Phillips & Hunt, 1887).