Epiphany and History

Having attempted to do away with contradictions between Matthew and Luke for Christmas, Ian Paul has now offered a blog post claiming that Matthew’s story of the arrival of the magi can be treated as historical. I am not persuaded. Infancy stories featuring miracles are a common feature in ancient literature, and are consistently devoid [Read More...]

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An Epiphany Present

From Cartoon Movement. That’s the trouble with the magi delivering their gifts, according to Matthew, when Jesus would have been old enough to talk… For those who want something more serious on the occasion of Epiphany, I will point out that not only is Jesus a toddler in the story in Matthew, but the family [Read More...]

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Three Wiser Women

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Highway to the Manger Zone

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#YCAS2015 Second Panel

The first paper in the second session at the York Christian Apocrypha Symposium was by Brent Landau, focused on the Revelation of the Magi. In that text, Christ himself is the star that leads the magi, and he multiplies their food. When they and others eat that food, they experience visions of Christ. Landau suggests [Read More...]

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Discount Epiphany

I saw this on Episcopal Church Memes on Facebook, and thought I'd share it. There are a few serious thoughts that come to mind about it. One is that the way we spend, or refrain from spending, says a lot about what we really value. Another is that, in the ancient world, there really weren't [Read More...]

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Wise Men Off Track

Via Christians Tired of Being Misrepresented on Facebook. It looks like it is clearly from Inherit the Mirth, but I have not tracked down the original source, only a place where greeting cards with the cartoon can be purchased. [Read more...]

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A Wise Man’s Footsteps

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Critical Christmas Carols: You Saw Three Ships?!

You saw three ships come sailing in On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day; You saw three ships come sailing in On Christmas Day in the morning?! That would have been a miracle, Or far advanced technology Such as appears on Doctor Who On Christmas Day in the morning. For Bethlehem’s a landlocked town, On Christmas [Read More...]

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Silver, Gold, and a Blanket Might Have Been Better Still

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Magi, Not Jedi

I saw this clock on Amazon.com and thought I’d share it.  It will make a good Christmas gift for religion professors who are also Star Wars fans, if not for anyone else… [Read more...]

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