Thursday, December 16, 2004

Three Magi

Caspar (or Gaspar), Melkior, Balthasar are traditionally held to be the three Magi who visted Christ after his birth. However, their names and number are disputed---depending on to whose translation you subscribe. Some sources ascribe them as being kings, others as magi---a sect of Zororastrian priests.

Bede supposedly wrote:
The magi were the ones who gave gifts to the Lord. The first is said to have been Melchior, an old man with white hair and a long beard... who offered gold to the Lord as to a king. The second, Caspar by name, young and beardless and ruddy complexioned... honored Him as God by his gift of [frank]incense, an oblation worthy of divinity. The third, black-skinned and heavily bearded, named Balthasar ... by his gift of myrrh testified to the Son of Man who was to die.
The author goes on to claim that Melchior was the king of Arabia, Balthasar the king of Saba (Ethiopia or Yemen), and Caspar the king of Tarsus (in Turkey).

The Magi arrived in Bethlehem on January 6, Epiphany, which is the twelfth day of Christmas.


Blogger Andréia Pires said...

queria que meu inglês fosse melhor pra compreender tudo o que está escrito no teu blog. :)

December 16, 2004 at 10:16 PM  

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