Jesus: Expert Discusses “Missing Years” Found in “Lost Gospels”
The religious text tells the story of the birth of Jesus Christ through the Gospels of Luke and Matthew. Almost 2000 years ago, an angel named Gabriel would have appeared to Mary and told her that she would have a son, Jesus, who would be the Son of God. Mary and her future husband, Joseph, made the trip to Bethlehem, where Jesus was born in a stable after the couple struggled to find accommodation.
They are said to have traveled to Judea, the area around Jerusalem and Bethlehem, to worship Jesus, the new king, but few details are provided on who they actually were.
Catholic priest and author Dwight Longenecker has long sought to learn more about the mysterious visit and whether he could unravel their true identities.
He said: “In order to determine who the sages really were, we must first dissect the story as most people understand it.
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“The Gnostic writers of the day were similar to the New Age believers today. They were enchanted by magic, esoteric theories and the occult.
“The Gnostics wrote detailed accounts of the birth of Jesus which brought to light the miraculous element and the exotic origins of the Magi.”
Mr. Longenecker then outlined the obstacles he faced in tracing history.
He added: “As the center of Christianity moved north and west to Asia Minor, Greece and Rome, Matthew’s indication that the Magi came ‘from the East’ suggested that they came from Persia.
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“The problem is, very little of this version of the story is found in the Gospel of Matthew.
“Matthew doesn’t say they’re kings. He doesn’t number them as three. He didn’t say they were riding camels. He’s not saying they followed a magical star, and he’s not saying they’ve come a long way.
“He simply writes: ‘The wise men have come from the East’.
“They saw his star. They came to the court of Herod the Great. They brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
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And he found a passage from Isaiah 60 that would become critical to his theory.
It reads: “For the riches of the sea shall be poured out before you, the riches of the nations shall come to you.
“Caravans of camels will cover you, dromedaries of Midian and Epha, all of Sheba will come with gold and incense, and praising the Lord.
“All the flocks of Kedar will be gathered for you, the rams of Nebaioth will serve your needs.”
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He added, “Digging a little deeper, I discovered that Midian, Ephah, Kedar, and Nebaioth were all places or names of tribes in Northwest Arabia.
“From there, I discovered that at the time of Jesus’ birth, this land was occupied by the kingdom of Nabatea.
“The Nabataeans had close ties to Herod the Great. In addition, their religion was rooted in astrology, and like many people of the time, they were looking for a messiah.
“The details came together in an amazing way to reveal the secret that the sages were indeed historical figures. ”
The author then made his arguments in favor of the true identity of the Three Kings.
He continued in January: “Right at the time of Jesus’ birth, the Nabataean king, Aretas IV, had a strong motivation to send diplomats to Herod’s court with rich gifts.
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“Coming from the neighboring kingdom, it was not very far, but it was important because it was not just diplomats carrying peace offerings.
“They were wise men on a spiritual quest to find their true king and the source of true wisdom.”
But there have been a number of theories about the actual identity of the Three Kings during the year due to the lack of description given in the Gospel of Matthew.
The expression “from the east” translates to “from the uprising [of the Sun]And that’s the only information Matthew provides about the region they’re from.
The Parthian Empire, centered on Persia, stretched from eastern Syria to the far reaches of India, so tracking down the three men becomes nearly impossible