Showing posts with label Epiphany. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Epiphany. Show all posts

Jan 4, 2013

Three Kings Debunked

Since the feast of The Three Kings, or Epiphany is coming up this Sunday, January 6, I thought this might be interesting. Oh the heresy - The famous “three kings” from the Biblical birth of Christ narrative were not:

1. Three in number - the number isn’t mentioned.

2. Kings – Likely from Psalm 71:11 (72:11 in protestant bibles): “And all kings of the earth shall adore him: all nations shall serve him.”

3. Traveling on camels - Matthew 2:1–2 says: “When Jesus therefore was born in Bethlehem of Juda, in the days of king Herod, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem.” It says a little later that they offered Him gifts of “gold, frankincense, and myrrh." Since there were three gifts, the number of wise men has been assumed to be three. In the East, the number is twelve.

Historical references depict the three variously as scholars, or noblemen, or kings.

Incidentally, Magi is the origin of the word magic.

Jan 6, 2012

Twelve Days of Christmas

Today is officially the end of Christmastime and is the Epiphany, also Theophany, and the day that the three kings, Caspar (sometimes Gaspar), Melchior, and Balthazar showed up in Bethlehem after following the star. I find it interesting while searching my family genealogy, all three names are found, although not recently. OK, now get back to work.