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IN SEARCH OF THE WISE MEN
mystery that continues to surround Christmas and the
birth of Christ is the visit by the Wise Men. Many questions
concerning the Wise Men are present today, centuries
after their visit to
The Bible is brief in its description of the visit of the Wise Men, rather focusing on the birth of Christ, which is as it should be. Only St. Matthew records the visit of the Wise Men saying only that they came from the East, brought gifts, worshiped the Christ Child, and left another way to avoid King Herod.
In story and song, we assume there were three Wise Men, even giving them names. The figure three may come from the three gifts presented to Christ, gold, frankincense, and myrrh. In all likelihood, there were probably several of them. We also portray the Wise Men coming the night of Christs birth, shortly behind the shepherds who were in nearby fields. It may have been as long as two years from the time of the birth of Christ until the Wise Men arrived. One instance that adds credibility to this thought is that King Herod in his attempt to destroy Christ had all the male children killed from two years old and under.
are several theories as to who the Wise Men were and
where they came from, as well as to how they knew to look
for the Star, and knew its meaning. Did the Wise Men come
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papers located in 1925 in the
Daniel may have played a part in the Christmas Story though we do not include him in our Christmas programs. Daniel 1:4 speaks of Daniel and the young men with him as being cunning in knowledge, and understanding of science, which no doubt would have included the study of stars, constellations, and planets. In the book of Daniel, the astrologers of that area are referred to as Wise Men, the same term used in St. Matthew. These wise men, through the teachings of Daniel would have been familiar with the prophecy of Christ, and the Star in Numbers 24:17. In Revelation 22:16, Christ referred to himself as The Bright and Morning Star. Isaiah 9:2 is also thought to be a prophecy of Christ and the Star as it mentions those that walked in darkness have seen a great light.
said to have been found among the ancient writings of the
Wise Men was this portion of the Old Testament; Numbers
shall come a Star out of Jacob.