‘The wise men who found Christmas’ a ‘high-stakes adventure’ for ‘the whole family’

Raymond Arroyo, editor of EWTN’s In the whole world and contributor to Fox News, said Tuesday in the edition of the Breitbart Daily News podcast with host Alex Marlow as his latest illustrated children’s book, The wise men who found Christmaschronicles the “high-stakes adventure” of the three wise men who travel to meet the newborn Jesus as part of the Christmas story.

Arroyo said he spent months researching various sources of information regarding the Three Magi’s journeys to visit the newborn Jesus in Bethlehem. He said he discovered that most popular beliefs about the three wise men are incorrect.

“I started looking for a legend about the sages that I could tell, some kind of fantastic, fun family tale,” he said. Jthats what i was looking for. Well, on the way out, I found out that everything you and I and most of your listeners probably knew about the sages turns out to be legendary and wrong.

He continued, “There were probably more than three. The Gospel speaks only of three gifts, not of three Magi. The Coptic Church says there would have been 60 sages. Syrians and Armenians say there were 12 in documents of the first and second centuries. We just don’t know. But there were more than three.

“They weren’t kings,” he added. “It was a creation in the sixth century who came with the kings and gave them these names. They did not come from the Far East. justin martyr [and] the Clement of Rome – 1st century sources – says that the sages came from Arabia.

He continued: “I started digging and what I found was a much more fascinating story. Admittedly, the stakes are much higher for these wise men – this was not a presentation of royal gifts. Jit was a high-stakes adventure with a group of men who felt drawn to something greater than themselves and were willing to risk their lives and endure King Herod’s murderous threats to get to that light. , to arrive at this child and this Messiah, whom they believed to be on the other side of the Dead Sea.

The sages’ assumption of the great risk of visiting the infant Jesus must have been motivated by religious beliefs, Arroyo said.

“There is a price to pay for being called to the truth,” he remarked, “but you have to get on your horse and you have to run to it. … TThese sages always kept their eyes uplifted. They were looking to God and to the truth and to something greater than themselves, and it seems to me that’s what we need to be looking at, not just at Christmas, but throughout the year. This is the best posture for all of us.


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