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The Gifts of the Magi: Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh by Carolyn Vaughan

Wise men is the usual translation of magi, the word used to describe Jesus three visitors in the early Greek texts of the New Testament. Magi were priestly magicians or philosophers who studied astrology and were believed to have occult powers. Gold, frankincense and myrrh were the precious offerings they brought to Jesus, but who were these men and why did they choose such gifts? This volume, illustrated in colour with masterpieces from the Medieval and Renaissance collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, tells the story of the Magi and the history and lore of their gifts. In addition, a gift of the gifts is included: 24ct Gold in a glass bottle and two mesh bags containing frankincense and myrrh.
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Gold Frankincense Myrrh - What do the gifts given to Jesus mean?

Some gifts also mean more than the thought behind the gift; these kinds of gifts have a widely accepted symbolism that adds even more significance. Consider the thought behind the gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh that the Wise Men gave to the Christ child see Matthew Practical use: For a young couple who would soon have the expense of traveling to Egypt to avoid the wrath of Herod, the gold would be an invaluable gift.
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Biblical Magi

Gold may have been the first metal that human beings encountered, because it can often be found in its pure natural state for instance, nuggets in streams rather than mixed in ore, which requires smelting. People have always valued gold for its luster, beauty, malleability, and resistance to corrosion and tarnish. These attributes also led ancient civilizations throughout the world to associate gold with royalty, immortality, and deity. It was first used in minted currency in the seventh century B. Originating in Arabia and northern Africa, frankincense is a dried resin from trees of the genus Boswellia used in perfumes and incense for thousands of years.

Portals: Christianity Bible. They are regular figures in traditional accounts of the nativity celebrations of Christmas and are an important part of Christian tradition. Matthew is the only one of the four canonical gospels to mention the Magi. Matthew reports that they came "from the east" to worship the "king of the Jews". Traditional nativity scenes depict three "Wise Men" visiting the infant Jesus on the night of his birth, in a manger accompanied by the shepherds and angels, but this should be understood as an artistic convention allowing the two separate scenes of the Adoration of the Shepherds on the birth night and the later Adoration of the Magi to be combined for convenience.

The gifts were customary at the time, but also had profound symbolism.

Children everywhere will recreate the nativity this month, and bringing up the end of the star-led pilgrimage will be the Three Wise Men in shimmering dress-up robes, carrying a gift each. The Magi are part of our Christmas traditions, but there is a lot to learn about their contribution to the nativity; especially about gold, frankincense and myrrh. What is the significance of gold, frankincense and myrrh? These valuable items were standard gifts to honor a king or deity in the ancient world: gold as a precious metal, frankincense as perfume or incense, and myrrh as anointing oil. In fact, these same three items were apparently among the gifts, recorded in ancient inscriptions, that King Seleucus II Callinicus offered to the god Apollo at the temple in Miletus in B. The gifts of the Magi — gold, frankincense and myrrh — were carried a great distance specifically for the new King that their star-watching indicated.

Were the gifts of the magi meant to save Jesus from the pain of arthritis? Since the early days of Christianity, Biblical scholars and theologians have offered varying interpretations of the meaning and significance of the gold, frankincense and myrrh that the magi presented to Jesus, according to the Gospel of Matthew These valuable items were standard gifts to honor a king or deity in the ancient world: gold as a precious metal, frankincense as perfume or incense, and myrrh as anointing oil. In fact, these same three items were apparently among the gifts, recorded in ancient inscriptions, that King Seleucus II Callinicus offered to the god Apollo at the temple in Miletus in B. The traditional gifts of the magi—gold, frankincense and myrrh—may have had symbolic as well as practical value.

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