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2 years ago#1
Never understood the point of them.
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2 years ago#2
In a shocking written documentary by noted Biblical historian Seth Grahame-Smith, it turns out the three wise men were actually criminals who had escaped execution at the hands of King Herod. Balthazar was an infamous thief who wound up in prison with Gaspar and Melchyor, and the three evaded execution and took up refuge in the same stable that Mary and Joseph took refuge. As we all know, Herod ordered the execution of all children of a certain age in his kingdom, and the criminals posed as wise men from the East to escort Joseph and Mary into Egypt. The ruse lasted for quite some time, and now we observe the three wise men, or kings, or magi, out of tradition. Even if they weren't really magi, they were ultimately the ones responsible for the safety of baby Jesus, and so they're given a moral pardon.
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2 years ago#3
The bible never says that there were three of them.
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2 years ago#4
OrangeWizard posted...
The bible never says that there were three of them.


This. Where did all of that stuff from Ozymandius come from O.o ?

Anyways I havent done a lot of research on it, but I think they were just some guys who were there. Their role in the story is twofold, from what I can tell:
1. To introduce the deceitful and malicious intentions of Herod towards Jesus
2. To demonstrate Jesus' kingliness
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2 years ago#5
OrangeWizard posted...
The bible never says that there were three of them.


The number of them isn't the question.
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2 years ago#6
Maybe you could explain what you dont understand.

They were astrologers who saw a star they took to mean the Jewish Messiah was born, and went to Jerusalem to look for him, and bring gifts to honor him. They Found out he wasnt there, and then followed another star to where Jesus was at the time.
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2 years ago#7
Point of them is that they were pagans.. While Herod (Jewish) wanted to kill the Messiah here you had pagans from far away being proclaimed the salvation of the World. So rejoice God first proclaimed the good news to marginal shepherds, then pagans.
How they were three? Hence the three gifts. Also three is a God number.
They came as pagans and left as believers. Notice how they left everything and followed Christ. Glory to God!!!!
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2 years ago#8
Much like how a real living Bishop mutated into the fantasy, children's loved myth of Santa Claus, so too did the 3 Magi gradually transform into omnipresent beings that could pop-up every Jan 6th and bring gifts to the children of the world. Complete with individual names, and legends.

The Scripture, as was pointed out, never says that they were 3, but the tradition of them being 3, sorcerers/magicians, and having specific names, came from Syriac and Coptic church stories that made their way down to the centuries.

This is a 6th century depiction of the crew ->

http://05varvara.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/unknown-artist-the-three-magi-basilica-di-santapollinare-nuovo-ravenna-italy-6th-century.jpg?w=1500&h=1125

I have to say that, as in many cases, art is responsible for carrying on and conveying the mental picture and story attached to it, one of the other reasons why 3 have tended to be depicted is because of space limitations on the art medium itself, showing 3 notable figures in profile, is of better convenience than smaller and many more figures from far away or in the background.

So this artistic tradition of simplicity, has also been carried on into the centuries, but it ran into confusion when it was mixed with the actual Biblical narrative, as happened with making the harlot that Christ forgave into Mary Magdalene, again much of these incidents are due to artistic conventions.
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2 years ago#9
The documentary I speak of is titled Unholy Night. I thought you all might have been familiar with the famed historian Seth Grahame-Smith. He's the fellow who discovered that Honest Abe was a vampire hunter.

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2 years ago#10
I think Gaspar was the one who gives you the Chrono Trigger. He also may or may not be the Entity.
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