Reporter: Lastly I found the guide Esme suggested I might talk with.
Welcome Shimon. You are a travel guide available for hire, and you have been taken on to lead the astrologer’s caravan?
Shimon: I take work where I can get it. I travel a lot so acting as a guide is one of my lines of work.
Reporter: But I understand you were taken on locally, you have not travelled with them before.
Shimon: Yes that’s right.
Reporter: Do you know why the astrologers hired a guide after arriving at their destination? It’s more usual to have a guide to get to a place.
Shimon: I can’t be sure why but they want a different route out of Israel to the way they came. They have specifically said that they want to avoid Herod’s palace. I was told they stopped there on the way to Bethlehem.
Reporter: And you’ve no idea why they wish to find a different way to return to their home?
Shimon: You must have heard the rumours around here, that Herod is looking for a child. Word has it that the child could take Herod’s throne when he grows. So I’m guessing that the astrologers know something of the child that they don’t want to tell Herod.
Reporter: Thank you for your time, Shimon.
I wasn’t able to track down the couple with their child, Jesus. The last snippet of information I was able to pick up is that the parents may have taken him out of Israel, possibly making their way to Egypt, lending credence to the story Herod my be searching for them.
If anything new comes to light, we’ll bring it to you first. For now, goodbye.