CHAPTER THREE: The Wise Men: The First Gift-Givers

Bonnice, Sherry
January 2003
Christmas & Santa Claus Folklore;2003, p32
The Wise Men probably arrived in Bethlehem from somewhere near the present-day land of Iran. They were ancient scholars of astrology, and they were considered to be knowledgeable and wise. According to tradition, there were three Wise Men, but the only evidence of this in the Bible story is the statement that there were three gifts, gold, myrrh, and frankincense. They made a long journey to present their gifts to the King of the Jews, and yet they were not Jews themselves. Legend tells that when the kings returned to their homes, they shared their wealth with those in need and became preachers of the gospel of Jesus Christ. January 6, Epiphany, is the holiday that remembers the Wise Men's discovery of the Christ Child. The Wise Men show up in the folklore of cultures around the world. INSETS: THE CHRISTMAS STAR;Untitled;Untitled.


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