Three Wise men

By: Patrap , 8:30 PM GMT on December 18, 2008

Wise Men and Women Still Seek Him Today




Magi (Majusian)

Three Wise Men From Iran Visited Jesus From old Persian language, a priest of Zarathustra (Zoroaster). The Bible gives us the direction, East and the legend states that the wise men were from Persia (Iran) - Balthasar, Melchior, Caspar - thus being priests of Zarathustra religion, the mages. Obviously the pilgrimage had some religious significance for these men, otherwise they would not have taken the trouble and risk of travelling so far. But what was it? An astrological phenomenon, the Star?

The Holy Epiphany - by Lewis Williams

While oftentimes conflicting lore muddles the story of the Magi, those bearing gifts for the Christ child are Caspar of Tarsus, Melchior of Persian and Balthazar of Saba. Weary from desert travel, the Magi humbly offer their gifts. Caspar is young, European and offers gold. Gold finances the Holy Family's coming flight to Egypt and also symbolizes Christ's immortality and purity. For his generosity, Caspar receives the gifts of charity and spiritual wealth. Melchior is middle-aged, Persian and offers myrrh. Myrrh is a fragrant gum, which the ancient Israelites believed to strengthen children. This symbol of Christ's mortality was blended with wine and offered to him on the cross, and also mixed with aloes to wrap his body for the tomb. Melchior receives the gifts of humility and truth. Balthasar is elderly, Ethiopian and offers frankincense. Frankincense is a resin used in incense for worship and also symbolizes prayer and sacrifice. Balthasar receives the gift of Faith. And Christ, humbling himself to become man, offers us the greatest gift of all, the light that forever burns in the darkness.

Iranian Portrait of the Maji




3 Wise Men of the East, also called Magi, or Three Kings of the Orient. In Matthew, noble pilgrims followed a star to Israel to pay homage to the newborn Christ Child (See Pilgrim). They asked King Herod the Great for assistance in finding the child. Herod could not help them but asked the men to return with news of the child. Warned in a dream, they did not return to Herod.


Marco Polo's version relates the version of the story prevalent in Iran in the middle of the 12th century with specific references to places in Iran making it very interesting reading. I also looked up Magi in the dictionary and learnt that it is indeed plural for magus, meaning "a: a member of a hereditary priestly class among the ancient Medes and Persians; b often capitalized : one of the traditionally three wise men from the East paying homage to the infant."

Here is the Ronald Latham translation:

In Persia is the city called Saveh, from which the three Magi set out when they came to worship Jesus Christ. Here, too, they lie buried in three sepulchres of great size and beauty. Above each sepulchre is a square building with a domed roof of very fine workmanship. The one is just beside the other. Their bodies are still whole, and they have hair and beards. One was named Beltasar, the second Gaspar, and the third Melchior.

Messer Marco asked several of the inhabitants who these Magi were; but no one could tell him anything except that they were three kings who were buried there in days gone by. But at last he learnt What I will tell you.

Three days farther on, he found a town called Kala Atashparastan, that is to say Town of the Fire-worshippers. And that is no more than the truth; for the men of this town do worship fire. And I will tell you why they worship it. The inhabitants declare that in days gone by three kings of this country went to worship a new-born prophet and took with them three offerings -gold, frankincense, and myrrh - so as to discover whether this prophet was a god, or an earthly king or a healer. For they said : 'If he takes gold, he is an earthly king; if frankincense, a god; if myrrh, a healer.'

When they had come to the place where the prophet was born, the youngest of the three kings went in all alone to see the child. He found that he was like himself, for he seemed to be of his own age and appearance. And he came out, full of wonder. Then in went the second, who was a man of middle age. And to him also the child seemed, as it had seemed to the other, to be of his own age and appearance. And he came out quite dumbfounded. Then in went the third, who was of riper years; and to him also it happened as it had to the other two. And he came out deep in thought. When the three kings were all together, each told the others what he had seen. And they were much amazed and resolved that they would all go in together.

So, in they went, all three together, and came before the child and saw him in his real likeness and of his real age; for he was only thirteen days old. Then they worshipped him and offered him the gold, the frankincense, and the myrrh. The child took all three offerings and then gave them a closed casket. And the three kings set out to return to their own country.

After they had ridden for some days, they resolved to see what the child had given them. They opened the casket and found inside it a stone. They wondered greatly what this could be. The child had given it to them to signify that they should be firm as stone in the faith that they had adopted. For, when the three kings saw that the child had taken all three offerings, they concluded that he was at once a god, and an earthly king, and a healer. And, since the child knew that the three kings believed this, he gave them the stone to signify that they should be firm and constant in their belief.

The three kings, not knowing why the stone had been given to them, took it and threw it into a well. No sooner had it fallen in than there descended from heaven a burning fire, which came straight to the well into which it had been thrown. When the three kings saw this miracle, they were taken aback and repented of their throwing away the stone; for they saw clearly that its significance was great and good. They immediately took some of this fire and carried it to their country and put it in one of their churches, a very fine and splendid building.

They keep it perpetually burning and worship it as a god. And every sacrifice and burnt offering which they make is roasted with this fire. If it ever happens that the fire goes out, they go round to others who hold the same faith and worship fire also and are given some of the fire that burns in their church. This they bring back to rekindle their own fire. They never rekindle it except with this fire of which I have spoken. To procure this fire, they often make a journey of ten days.

That is how it comes about that the people of this country are fire worshippers. And I assure you that they are very numerous. All this was related to Messer Marco Polo by the inhabitants of this town; and it is all perfectly true. Let me tell you finally that one of the three Magi came from Saveh, one from Hawah, and the third from Kashan.


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71. Patrap
4:03 AM GMT on December 24, 2008
Thanks for the Wunderful Christmas Vid's and Holiday Greetings everyone.

Sure is looking like a Nice Christmas around the ol blogs.



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70. SouthernLady
3:23 AM GMT on December 24, 2008
The Reason For The Season

...and my favorite rendition of Oh Holy Night



Have a VERY Merry Christmas!!!
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69. wxgeek723
3:19 AM GMT on December 24, 2008
Merry Christmas Patrap!
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68. bigtrucker
3:17 AM GMT on December 24, 2008
Patrap...Wishing you and your family a joyous and blessed Christmas. God Bless
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67. seflagamma
2:50 AM GMT on December 24, 2008
Pat,

Wishing you and your family and loved ones a Very Merry Christmas!

Gams


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66. sandcrab39565
2:38 AM GMT on December 24, 2008


A Special Merry Christmas to you and your family. I hope the new year brings much joy and happiness my friend.
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65. Patrap
2:06 AM GMT on December 24, 2008
I remember you were bad ill.

Glad ya doing much better now CB.



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64. cyclonebuster
2:03 AM GMT on December 24, 2008
That's Good news Patrap! Same for me now although last Christmass I didn't know if I would make it. Life is good now.
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63. Patrap
1:59 AM GMT on December 24, 2008
Been better since surgery in January...

Mucho bettero..LOL
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62. cyclonebuster
1:56 AM GMT on December 24, 2008
You all better now Patrap?
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61. Patrap
1:54 AM GMT on December 24, 2008
Merry Christmas to you and Yours CB,,,

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60. Patrap
1:52 AM GMT on December 24, 2008
Benny Grunch and the Bunch are a New Orleans classic, especially at Christmas. Here are the 12 Days of Christmas, New Orleans style!

Notice the scrolling info under the video. This was video played the Christmas after Katrina.



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59. cyclonebuster
1:47 AM GMT on December 24, 2008
Merry Christmass Patrap!
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58. Patrap
1:45 AM GMT on December 24, 2008
..Just do yer best,
..in everything you can..



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57. Raysfan70
12:26 PM GMT on December 23, 2008

Good Morning {{Pat and Family}}!

Wising you a fun filled Christmas Season!
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56. Patrap
5:31 AM GMT on December 23, 2008
"All You Need Is Love" is a song written by John Lennon with contributions from Paul McCartney[1] and credited to Lennon/McCartney. It was first performed by The Beatles on Our World, the first ever live global television link. Broadcast to 26 countries and watched by 350 million people, the programme was broadcast via satellite on June 25, 1967. The BBC had commissioned The Beatles to write a song for the UK's contribution and this was the result. It is among the most famous and significant songs performed by the group.

It's Easy...All you is LOVE

Love is all ya NEED

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55. Patrap
5:26 AM GMT on December 23, 2008
Beatles Lyrics


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54. Patrap
1:21 AM GMT on December 23, 2008
..Silver and Gold decorations,..on every Christmas tree..

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53. Patrap
12:55 AM GMT on December 23, 2008
Walk the town alone, you better take care how you use it
Try to make it last all night, And if you take your pick
Be careful how you choose it, Sometimes its hard to feel it bite
Feel it bite
A man I know, went down to Louisiana,
Had himself a bad, bad fight, And when the sun peeks through
John Cameron he sees (sandy???)
He kissed the whiskers and left and right, Whiskers!
Now, now, now, A fight subsides
Out at a hotel in the quarter, A friendship took a bash tonight
Now love gets hot, Look far for a sea with water
Grew whiskers sittin' there through the night
Whiskers!
Down on Bourbon street, You know it's right
You can see my friend
When they run around us in the night
Most everywhere, Until the closet's bare
Run for the razor, fun, Doin' up my hair
New Orleans
queens, Sure know how to schmooz it
Maybe for some that seems alright, When I step out
I'm struck down with my sugar
She wears my cloak like fairy white
Now, one town love, Take care how you use it
And try to make it last all night, Take your pick
Be careful how you choose it
Sometimes it's hard to feel it bite

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52. Patrap
12:44 AM GMT on December 23, 2008
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51. Patrap
12:35 AM GMT on December 23, 2008
Mannheim Steamroller - Deck The Halls (((Stereo)))

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50. Patrap
12:19 AM GMT on December 23, 2008
You're the Storm- The Cardigans

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49. Patrap
12:09 AM GMT on December 23, 2008
Iron Man-Cardigans

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48. Patrap
11:57 PM GMT on December 22, 2008
Mormon Tabernacle choir,...Silent Night



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47. Patrap
11:00 PM GMT on December 22, 2008
Bing Crosby & Frank Sinatra - White Christmas

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46. Patrap
10:57 PM GMT on December 22, 2008
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45. Patrap
10:55 PM GMT on December 22, 2008
Thanks for stopping by Shore,and Emmy..



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44. Patrap
10:51 PM GMT on December 22, 2008
A farewell to 2008,..

Zeppelin Led Lyrics

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43. EmmyRose
10:24 PM GMT on December 22, 2008

Christian Glitter by www.christianglitter.com

May all your booty be good this season
Emmy and all pyrates on Galveston Bay
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42. shoreacres
10:24 PM GMT on December 22, 2008
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41. Patrap
10:23 PM GMT on December 22, 2008
Merry Christmas to You and Yours Rays..


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40. Raysfan70
11:52 AM GMT on December 22, 2008


Good Morning {{Pat and Family}}!
May all your Christmas surprises
be happy one!

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39. Patrap
1:48 AM GMT on December 22, 2008
Saints Win Big over dem Lions tkeith.

Molly stopped by yesterday with those lil ones who brought us cards for Nova.
Ya'll really in the deep freeze up there reel.
Stay warm and cozy..

Thanks for those words oakland.
Looking forward to that magical moment for sure.
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38. oakland
6:18 PM GMT on December 21, 2008
Merry Christmas Pat,

I'm glad to see your babysitting and have a furry distraction for a while. As for your next adoption, you'll know when you find him/her. The dog will choose you and you won't have any say about it other than "Okay this is the one."
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37. reeldrlaura
6:14 PM GMT on December 21, 2008
Hey Pat........got a little global warming you could send up this way????

Molly arriving at 4 this afternoon!!!!!
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36. tkeith
6:03 PM GMT on December 21, 2008
Bout to watch the Saints Pat...Gettin cooler.
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35. Patrap
5:29 PM GMT on December 21, 2008
A Christmas to Remember as always saddlegait.

And a Merry Christmas to You and Yours this week.

Pat and Family

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33. Patrap
2:02 AM GMT on December 21, 2008
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32. wxgeek723
6:52 PM GMT on December 20, 2008
Well written, Patrap! Have a wonderful Christmas!
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31. Patrap
5:15 PM GMT on December 20, 2008

In the Middle...

Jimmy Eat World Lyrics

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30. Patrap
11:51 PM GMT on December 19, 2008
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29. Patrap
11:33 PM GMT on December 19, 2008
Only the Threat of World Destruction keeps order in these Blogs seems.
LOL


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28. surfmom
8:21 PM GMT on December 19, 2008
Hi Pat, just checking in.....glad you are baby sitting -- when my heart hurts I just find more to love -- seems to help.

Wanted to complement you on your blog --- truly an excellent bit of research and work.... I especially appreciated your resourcing different cultures -- and the beautiful pictures....

happy to see that PEACE PREVAILS ...on the blog, and perhaps ONE DAY SOON EARTH
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26. Patrap
7:16 PM GMT on December 19, 2008
All this talk about Global Warming is giving me the Heebie Jeebies..

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25. rednats
12:27 PM GMT on December 19, 2008
Thank you Patrap!! It IS an incredible accounting.

Having had a cardon monoxide "insult/injury" I often say to family and friends "just que me and I will remember".

So Patrap... Thanks for the que!
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24. Patrap
4:28 AM GMT on December 19, 2008
Thanks for that pic and story as well SL.
Merry Christmas to ya'll too.!!!
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23. Patrap
4:27 AM GMT on December 19, 2008
Thanks for the kind words BFOTR's.
We miss her,but cherish her memories.

Have a happy Holiday from us here.

Pat and Family
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22. Patrap
4:25 AM GMT on December 19, 2008
Quoting rednats:
patrap...do you possibly have link to the lady blogger who documented Katrina's aftermath all along coastline?? She was a wunderground blogger



Katrina's Surge
Wunderblogger Margie Kieper put together an incredibly detailed account of Hurricane Katrina's storm surge that she ran in her blog during the summer of 2006. The contents are reproduced here, and consist of an introduction explaining why the surge was so large, and 16 parts exploring the damage done to each stretch of the Gulf Coast ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Link
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21. SouthernLady
2:40 AM GMT on December 19, 2008
Tomb of the Three Magi...I have seen a pic of another tomb with richly carved wood and glass that is claimed to be the tombs. In that one, you can actually see the bodies and the preservation is remarkable. I can't find a pic now to save my life.

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