Was Jesus ever in Egypt after being there as a child?

Q. Was Jesus in Egypt anytime after his first entry?

Thank you for your question. Nothing in the Bible or in Christian tradition suggests that Jesus ever returned to Egypt during his lifetime on earth after being taken there for safety as a child. (For more information about that, see this post: How long did Jesus live in Egypt?)

A Coptic image of Mary and Joseph bringing Jesus to Egypt.
A Coptic image of Mary and Joseph bringing Jesus to Egypt.

Author: Christopher R Smith

The Rev. Dr. Christopher R. Smith is a writer and biblical scholar who is also an ordained minister. He was active in parish and student ministry for twenty-five years. He was a consulting editor to the International Bible Society (now Biblica) for The Books of the Bible, an edition of the Scriptures that presents the biblical books according to their natural literary outlines, without chapters and verses. His Understanding the Books of the Bible study guide series is keyed to this format. He has an A.B. from Harvard in English and American Literature and Language, a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Gordon-Conwell, and a Ph.D. in the History of Christian Life and Thought, with a minor concentration in Bible, from Boston College, in the joint program with Andover Newton Theological School.

2 thoughts on “Was Jesus ever in Egypt after being there as a child?”

    1. Most interpreters understand the statement of Jesus that you’re referencing, “Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city,” to describe not a flight of the first generation of his followers to west Africa, but to the city of Petra in what is now Jordan. But by the time this flight took place, Jesus has already been crucified and, Christians believe, risen from the dead and ascended to heaven.

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