7 Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” 9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.
22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream he withdrew to the district of Galilee.
1- According to Matthew, Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Unlike other accounts, we find in Matthew 2 that Mary and Joseph didn’t travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem, while pregnant, to give birth to Jesus in a barn. In chapter 2: 7-11, Jesus was born in a house instead of ‘a manger’.
Also, in chapter 2: 22, the writer told us Joseph was supposed to go back to Judea, which goes to show this was his home land. Joseph and Mary only went to Galilee seeking safety from the new King according to Matthew.
Isaiah prophesied about this in chapter 9: “For to Us a Child Is Born
9 But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.[b]“
Bethlehem: بيت لحم