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They came to adore him — i.e., to acknowledge the Divinity of this newborn King (vv. Moreover, Virgil, Horace, Tacitus (Hist., V, xiii), and Suetonius (Vespas., iv) bear witness that, at the time of the birth of Christ, there was throughout the Roman Empire a general unrest and expectation of a Golden Age and a great deliverer.We may readily admit that the Magi were led by such hebraistic and gentile influences to look forward to a Messias who should soon come. The advent of the Magi caused a great stir in Jerusalem ; everybody, even King Herod, heard their quest (v. Herod and his priests should have been gladdened at the news; they were saddened.Whether you are seeking just a date, a pen pal, a casual or a serious relationship, you can meet singles in Mississippi today!
Some Fathers speak of three Magi; they are very likely influenced by the number of gifts. Early Christian art is no consistent witness : The names of the Magi are as uncertain as is their number. Balthasar, on the eleventh of January (Acta SS., I, 8, 323, 664). Passing over the purely legendary notion that they represented the three families which are decended from Noah, it appears they all came from "the east" ( Matthew 2:1, 2, 9 ). From Persia, whence the Magi are supposed to have come, to Jerusalem was a journey of between 10 miles.After the downfall of Assyrian and Babylonian power, the religion of the Magi held sway in Persia.Cyrus completely conquered the sacred caste; his son Cambyses severely repressed it. This downfall of the Magi was celebrated by a national Persian holiday called magophonia (Her., III, lxiii, lxxiii, lxxix).Cyril of Alexandria (In Is., xlix, 12); Aribia, according to St. We prefer to interpret Luke's words as indicating a return to Galilee immediately after the presentation. Thereafter the Holy Family probably returned to abide in Bethlehem. It was "in the days of King Herod " ( Matthew 2:1 ), i.e. This latter date of the Nativity was introduced into the Church of Antioch during St. G., XLIX, 351), and still later into the Churches of Jerusalem and Alexandria.That the Magi thought a star led them on, is clear from the words ( eidomen gar autou ton astera ) which Matthew uses in 2:2. Rationalists and rationalistic Protestants, in their efforts to escape the supernatural, have elaborated a number of hypotheses: These theories all fail to explain how "the star which they had seen in the east, went before them, until it came and stood over where the child was" ( Matthew 2:9 ).