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Magi

The ‘Star’ of Bethlehem

The star that is connected with the birth of Christ, as recorded in Matthew 2, features in just 12 verses of the gospel and yet has given to rise to acres of theories and speculations.  So, before we look at what this star could have been, let’s examine the biblical text. First, Matthew tells us…

How did the Magi travel?

Christmas pageants which are so popular at this time of year, even in churches,  usually involve three fabulously dressed kings on camels, travelling at night as they follow a star across the desert.  Yet there is so much in this familiar scene that is, at best, unlikely.  First, as we have already noted, these men…

The Enigma of the Magi

In my last post I somewhat took apart the traditional understanding of the place where Jesus was born, showing by the application of good hermeneutical principles that it certainly wasn’t in an inn. In the next few posts I am going to turn our attention to The Enigma of the Magi, those mysterious visitors from…