The Magi Visit the Messiah- The three wise men astrologers
Mohamad Mostafa Nassar
Did the three wise men worship Prophet Jesus?
The Three “Wisemen” WORSHIPPED Jesus As God Almighty Or They BOWED to him in honour and respect as was the practice in the Middle East where Hebrew Jews bow in respect to prophets , kings and leaders ?
Pulpit, a well known Christian Bible commentator has this to say concerning Matthew 2:2 where many Christians misunderstood bowing in respect to a prophet or king for the worship of God Almighty.
Pulpit Commentary ( Tafsīr ) On Matthew 2:2 says ;To Worship him : Not as God, but as lord and king (Matthew 4:9).
The prostration of themselves bodily before him (προσκυνῆσαι; cf. also ver. 11) was not a Greek or Roman, but an Eastern tradition, and it is said especially a Persian form of homage.
The 3 wise Astrologers men were first named as such in a document found in Alexandria around 500 AD that, when translated into Latin from Greek, is titled “Excerpta Latina Barbari”. This is the first written instance of their names from oral history.
The two birth narratives have many CONTRADICTIONS AND IRRECONCILABLE differences. Here are a few examples: Where did Jesus’ family live? According to Luke, Galilee. According to Matthew, Bethlehem.
Did they flee to Egypt? Luke, no. Matthew, yes. Was Jesus born in a manger? Luke, yes. Matthew, no. What was the reason for Jesus’ family needing to travel? Was it a worldwide census, as in Luke? Or a decree by Herod to murder children, as in Matthew?
A parallel reading of these accounts shows many differences. Apologists may try to harmonize the two accounts, but they only end up creating a third account. Luke and Matthew tell two separate, conflicting stories. Oddly enough, the gospels of Mark and John contain no birth narrative at all. The writings of Paul never mention Jesus’ miraculous birth.
This seems strange considering how important this event seemed to be to Luke and Matthew, and to Christianity in general. The Christmas story of Jesus birth that we have come to know is an amalgamation of the narratives in Luke and Matthew. They have become so intertwined in our collective consciousness that it’s difficult to read them as the separate, differing stories that they really are.
5 Common Myths about the Three Wise Men Story which Christians perceive to be a true Story according to
Everyone knows the legend of the three wise men’s visit to Bethlehem as retold every Christmas. Three Arabian princes followed a star to find baby Jesus, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. They presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
This story has lived on over the centuries as a key part of the birth of Jesus. But is it truly factual?
We know that the Bible had been part corrupted so bad over the centuries with endless evidence to support that, but do we know that throughout time traditions have been added to the Biblical story as well?
You may be shocked to hear this, but there are multiple myths surrounding this brief story written in Matthew 2.
Who were the three wise men?
“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem…” Matthew 2:1
They’ve been called magi, kings, and wise men. But who were they, really? They were most likely the King’s personal advisors. Their responsibilities included reading the stars, and a host of wisdom-seeking work. Some early church traditions say there were twelve.
Today, we choose to honor three, because three very significant gifts were offered. Over time, church traditions have assigned them names: Melchior, Caspar, and Balthasar.
Myth #1: There were three wise men
We have no idea how many there were. This was assumed because three gifts were given to Jesus as claimed: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. However, we don’t know the quantity of those gifts, or even if Jesus was only given one of each. There is no way to know how many.
Myth #2: They rode camels
This is a common misconception. Whenever you see movies from this time period, the actors are riding on camels. However, people in northern Arabia typically only rode Arabian horses. At the time of Christ’s birth camels were used as pack animals, but wealthy travelers used the more comfortable and swift horse.
Myth #3: They followed a miraculous star
Matthew never says that they followed a star. He says they saw a star, which history teaches is the Northern Star. The wise men were astrologers, and the star was an astronomical sign they saw that signified the prophecy of the Jewish king. That doesn’t mean a star led them from Arabia to Jesus.
Myth #4: They were kings
It is unclear whether or not they were royalty, but they were not kings. You can throw out the “We Three Kings” picture completely. They had royal connections through and were trusted by King Herod.
Myth #5: The wise men came from Persia, India, and Africa
This idea was added to tradition later. They likely came from Arabia, not these other countries or diverse backgrounds.
Note: If you’re wondering a bit more about the origin and purpose of the wise men, here is some further clarification:
Where did the wise Astrologers men travel from?
They came “from the east,” which based on the nature of their gifts, and Old Testament prophecy, means they most likely came from the ancient Arabian kingdom of Sheba. Arabia was known for its vast wealth from gold mines of Africa.
As well as the Boswellian and Commiphora trees — from which frankincense and myrhh are derived. Of course, men from Persia could have brought these gifts, but they signify a giving of the best commodities from their own country to a neighboring King.
What gifts did the magi give?
Gold, frankincense, and myrhh have their primary significance in their value, which establishes their suitability for a King. Matthew 2:11 tells us these gifts were great treasures, given as worship, but they may have even greater significance.
Gold was indeed associated with royalty, but it may also foreshadow Jesus’ purpose: in 1 Kings 6:20-22, the walls of the Most Holy Place and the altar are overlaid with gold. Frankincense was part of ceremonial worship of a deity. This gift underscores their belief that the newborn king carried a claim of deity.
Myrhh was used as a perfume, anointing oil, medicinal tonic, and as a key ingredient in the mixture of spices used to prepare bodies for burial (John 19:39-40).
This gift indicated Jesus’ humanity and that he is merely a one hundred percent human and a Prophet of Allah that was born from a miraculous virgin birth.
What does “Magi” mean?
Kings were in the habit of gathering the best and brightest into an advisory body of wise men, stargazers, and dreamers. Magi are consulted in the Book of Daniel, and by Pharoah in the time of Joseph.
The Greek word magi indicate these men were astrologers and interpreters of omens—following a star and dreaming dreams.
Truth is that Christian faith allows a huge place for superstitious illogical contradictions which Christians are quite happy to conciliate with an adhesive namely the holy spirit, they purportedly claim to have.
- The above-mentioned story tried to claim that there was a star when Prophet Jesus and three wise men who were astrologers claimed to see that start and brought gits to him. Whether there was a star or not, that does not prove any divinity to Prophet Jesus peace be upon him.
- As we all know not only Islam warned against astrology and fortune telling but also the current Part Bible still has multiple verses warn against astrology.
- How bad and sad for Christians to try to use such story of those three wise astrologers’ men to try to prove any form of divinity for Prophet Jesus’ son of Mary peace be upon him. It goes to show the very low level of desperation that Christianity has reached by trying to not use any form of logic, evidence but also use astrology to try to falsely claim their corrupt faith.
- Endless crystal-clear evidence to refute any form of divinity for Prophet Jesus son of Mary peace be upon him as demonstrated in the below links.
Allah knows Best.