SLAUGHTER OF THE INNOCENTS......fiction!
16 Then when Herod saw that he had been tricked by the magi, he became very enraged, and sent and slew all the male children who were in Bethlehem and all its vicinity, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the magi. 17 Then what had been spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled:
18 “A VOICE WAS HEARD IN RAMAH,
WEEPING AND GREAT MOURNING,
RACHEL WEEPING FOR HER CHILDREN;
AND SHE REFUSED TO BE COMFORTED,
BECAUSE THEY WERE NO MORE.”
Ramah is about 10 miles away from Bethlehem.
Leah was the mother of the Jews, not Rachel.
If you read Jeremiah 31 where this quotation came from you will discover that the children are are not dead but are in captivity.
Once again the NT writers found a passage that they used to embellish the Jesus story to create a ficticious fulfillment of prophecy.