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  Biblical Magi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In Christian tradition the Magi, also known as the Three Wise Men or Kings from the east, are magi who according to Matthew 2:1 came "from the east to Jerusalem", to worship the Infant Jesus, him "that is born King of the Jews".
The magi are mentioned nowhere in the Bible outside of Matthew 2:1–13, being conspicuously absent from the nativity account of the Gospel of Luke.
The cavalcade of the three kings in Alcoi (a city located not in Catalonia but in Alicante, in the autonomous community of Valencia) claims to be the oldest in the world; the participants who portray the kings and pages walk through the crowd, giving presents to the children directly.
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 Magi
The Adoration of the Magi, Jacques Daret, 1433-35.
The Adoration of the Magi, Hans Multscher, 1437.
Adoration of the Magi, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, 1753.
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 Three Wise Men -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The Magi were warned by God in a dream not to go back to Herod, and so returned to their country via another route.
The magi are mentioned nowhere else in the Gospel of Matthew and are entirely absent from the Gospel of Luke.
By 500 A.D. all commentators assumed the three were kings, and this continued until the (A religious movement of the 16th century that began as an attempt to reform the Roman Catholic Church and resulted in the creation of Protestant churches) Protestant Reformation.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/t/th/three_wise_men.htm   (2103 words)

  
 CCG Workshop Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Magi cards are one of the four types of cards in MND and the only one with a restriction.
The first magi is usually the setup magi, the magi who draws the cards required for the next (or next two) magi.
You may have one key magi, in which case it would probably be in the second or more commonly the third slot, or two key magi, in which case, they will occupy the second and third slots in your magi pile.
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 Magi - 3 Kings - Wisemen - Were the Wise Men who Visited Jesus in Bethlehem Persian?
One of the stories the kids become familiar with from an early age is the story of three Magi (or the three Kings) who foresaw the birth of Christ and went on a pilgrimage to see the newly born baby Jesus.
In Persia there is a city which is called Saba, from whence were the three magi who came to adore Christ in Bethlehem; and the three are buried in that city in a fair sepulchre, and they are all three entire with their beards and hair.
After three days' journey you come to a castle which is called Palasata, which means the castle of the fire-worshippers, and it is true that the inhabitants of that castle worship fire, and this is given as the reason.
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 CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Magi
The Church, indeed, in her liturgy, applies to the Magi the words: "The kings of Tharsis and the islands shall offer presents; the kings of the Arabians and of Saba shall bring him gifts: and all the kings of the earth shall adore him" (Psalm 71:10).
The religion of the Magi was fundamentally that of Zoroaster and forbade sorcery; their astrology and skill in interpreting dreams were occasions of their finding Christ.
It is said that after their return home, the Magi were baptized by St. Thomas and wrought much for the spread of the Faith in Christ.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/09527a.htm   (2447 words)

  
 Magus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Three Wise Men are given the names Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthasar in this Romanesque mosaic from the Basilica of St Apollinarius in Ravenna, Italy.
In English, the term may refer to a shaman, sorcerer, or wizard; it is the origin of the English words magic and magician.
1200, referring to the Magi mentioned in Matthew 2:1, the singular being attested only considerably later, in the late 14th century, when it was loaned from Old French in the meaning magician together with magic.
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 El Dia de los Reyes - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about El Dia de los Reyes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The Magi represent the first Gentiles (non-Jews) to visit Jesus, and the festival symbolizes that non-Jews would share in the message of Jesus.
The Magi first went to Jerusalem where they asked the whereabouts of one who had been born ‘king of the Jews’, as they had seen his star in the east and come to worship him.
In the Eastern Orthodox Church, the festival of Epiphany is called the Theophany, and marks three events in Jesus' life: the adoration of the Magi, the baptism of Jesus, and Jesus' first miracle (the wedding at Cana, John 2:1–11).
encyclopedia.farlex.com /El+Dia+de+los+Reyes   (377 words)

  
 My Way - News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
A committee revising the latest prayer book said the term "Magi" was a transliteration of the name used by officials at the Persian court, and that they could well have been women.
"Magi is a word which discloses nothing about numbers, wisdom or gender embodied in the term," a Synod spokesman said on Tuesday after the revision was agreed by the Church of England's parliament which meets twice a year.
Synod officials denied that the Church of England, a pillar of the Establishment in Britain, was being seized by an attack of political correctness and pandering to feminists.
news.myway.com /odd/article/id/384408|oddlyenough|02-10-2004::09:19|reuters.html   (365 words)

  
 Saudi Aramco World : We Three Kings of Orient Were   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Much to the annoyance of the orthodox theologians, one of the Three Kings' titles, "the Magi," inevitably continued to be associated in the popular mind with Magians, Magicians, Parsees and Fire Worshippers.
When the Messiah was born the king of Koresh sent three messengers to him, the first of whom carried a bag of Incense, the second a bag of Myrrh, and the third a bag of Gold.
This story of the three messengers is related by the Christians with sundry exaggerations; it is also found in the Gospel.
www.saudiaramcoworld.com /issue/198006/we.three.kings.of.orient.were.htm   (1525 words)

  
 Royalty.nu - Royal History - We Three Kings - The Three Wise Men or Magi
The Magi of the Nativity were probably important men in their own country and may well have been of noble or royal birth, but there is no evidence to back this up.
Tradition has it that in later years the Wise Men were baptized by St. Thomas the Apostle; all three became bishops and spent the rest of their lives spreading Christianity, and at the end of their lives they each saw the Star of Bethlehem again and were reunited.
Traditions of the Magi: Zoroastrianism in Greek and Latin Literature by Albert De Jong.
www.royalty.nu /history/religion/Magi.html   (1149 words)

  
 the magi
From these possible definitions and the description provided in the gospel, the magi were probably Persian priest-astrologers who could interpret the stars, particularly the significance of the star that proclaimed the birth of the Messiah.
More importantly, the visit of the magi fulfilled the prophecies of the Old Testament: Balaam prophesied about the coming Messiah marked by a star: "I see him, though not now; I behold him, though not near: A star shall advance from Jacob and a staff shall rise from Israel..." (Number 24:17).
Emperor Zeno brought the relics of the magi from Persia to Constantinople in 490.
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 THE THREE MAGI, ZOROASTRIAN PILGRIMS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The story of the Magi in the New Testament, told by Jews who had become Christians, is spun from elements in the Old Testament, which are used to prove that Jesus is the Messiah, King not only of the Jews but of the whole world.
Later Persian legends state that the Magi had come from Ecbatan, a Western Iranian city; others, cited by Marco Polo in his 13th-century account of his travels, place their tombs at Saveh, southwest of Tehran, which was a center for Islamic Iranian astrology.
The three kings, to a Zoroastrian, symbolize the Threefold Path of "Good Thoughts, Good Words, and Good Deeds." Many other Zoroastrian symbols also follow this threefold symbolism, such as the three steps to the ancient Achaemenian fire-altar or the three windings of the kushti cincture.
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 We Three Kings
The Magi were thus converted into kings because a royal child should be visited by royalty to demonstrate his importance.
Certainly, the Magi were watchers of the sky and astrologers (the difference between astrology and astronomy was not to be defined for many centuries) and would have understood the meaning of the Star in terms of their knowledge of astrology.
If this were so, the traditional image of the Magi crossing the desert on camels would be hopelessly wrong, as they would almost certainly have travelled by ship around the Red Sea coast, only riding the last part of the journey along the so-called King’s Highway from the coast to Jerusalem.
www.iac.es /galeria/mrk/Magi.html   (935 words)

  
 Who Were the Magi?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Matthew recorded that the magi brought three gifts, each also having a prophetic meaning: gold, the gift for a king; frankincense, the gift for a priest; and myrrh —; a burial ointment — a gift for one who would die.
We even sing, "We three kings of orient are...." Here the three gifts, Psalm 72, and the rising star in the east converge to render the magi as three kings traveling from the East.
Emperor Zeno transferred the relics of the magi from Persia to Constantinople in 490.
www.catholicexchange.com /vm/index.asp?art_id=21910   (673 words)

  
 The Magi
More importantly, the visit of the Magi fulfilled the prophecies of the Old Testament: Balaam prophesied about the coming Messiah marked by a star: “I see him, though not now; I behold him, though not near: A star shall advance from Jacob and a staff shall rise from Israel...” (Nm 24:17).
Matthew recorded that the Magi brought three gifts, each also having a prophetic meaning: gold, the gift for a king; frankincense, the gift for a priest; and myrrh —; a burial ointment, a gift for one who would die.
We even sing, “We three kings of orient are....”; Here the three gifts, Psalm 72 and the rising star in the East converge to render the Magi as three kings traveling from the East.
www.catholiceducation.org /articles/religion/re0191.html   (765 words)

  
 Who Were the Magi
It was in this dual capacity, whereby civil and political counsel was invested with religious authority, that the Magi became the supreme priestly caste of the Persian empire and continued to be prominent during the subsequent Seleucid, Parthian, and Sasanian periods.
It was at this time that the Magi, in their dual priestly and governmental office, composed the upper house of the Council of the Megistanes (from which we get the term "magistrates"), whose duties included the absolute choice and election of the king of the realm.
It was conceivable that the Magi might be taking advantage of the king's lack of Popularity to further their own interests with the establishment of a new dynasty, which could have been implemented if a sufficiently strong contender could be found.
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 Cross+Flame :: View topic - Is it unwise to call the Magi "three wise men"?
So, it seems completely appropriate to me to change the term from "three wise men" to "Magi" when it was "Magi" in the first place and the first two words in that phrase are completely unsubstantiated in terms of their accuracy and the third is uncertain.
The "three" comes from the three gifts (presuming that each gift was given by exactly one person, not that a couple people gave three gifts or several/many people gave three gifts or gave multiples of the same three gifts).
After some Magi, who had been attached to the Median court, proved to be expert in the interpretation of dreams, Darius the Great established them over the state religion of Persia.
www.crossandflame.com /forum/viewtopic.php?p=86102   (2665 words)

  
 ummah.com forum - Three Wise Men might have been women, church rules
The three Wise Men might not have been men at all and there might not have been three of them, the Church of England has ruled.
He said the Synod knew there were the three gifts for Jesus of gold, frankincense and myrrh but original scripture did not say whether these were from three or fewer visitors, or from men or women.
If the word MAGI is taken in this technical sense, then some of the first people to recognise Hazrat 'Isa's status and to show their respect for him were what we would now call Iranians.
www.ummah.net /forum/printthread.php?t=31434   (5254 words)

  
 Three Wise Men biography .ms   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
In Christian mythology, the Three Wise Men, also known as the Three Magi (from the Greek text) or the Three Kings were the "wise men from the east" (KJV), who are mentioned solely in the Gospel of Matthew (2:1-12).
The Magi, are warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod with their report; instead, "they departed into their own country another way." (Their failure to report back led directly to the massacre of the Holy Innocents.)
The cavalcade of the three kings in Alcoi claims to be the oldest in the world; the participants who portray the kings and pages walk through the crowd, giving presents to the children directly.
three-wise-men.biography.ms   (934 words)

  
 Festivals: Christmas: Lecture VI: On The Three Magi
One of the Three Kings — Caspar —; is portrayed as a Moor, an inhabitant of Africa; one as a white man, a European — Melchior; and one —; Balthasar —; as an Asiatic; the colour of his skin is that of an inhabitant of India.
They represent the Initiates of the three preceding races or epochs of culture, the Initiates of mankind up to the time of the coming of Christ, the Bringer of the Love that is free of egoism — the resurrected Osiris.
Thus the Three Kings or Magi are representatives of the Lemurians, the Atlanteans and the Aryans.
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 ipedia.com: Three Wise Men Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The Three Wise Men, also known as the Three Magi or the Three Kings, appear in the New Testament, in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter two.
The Magi, however, are warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod, and their failure to report back leads directly to the massacre of the Holy Innocents.
A Shrine of the Three Kings at Cologne Cathedral exists in Cologne, Germany.
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 Online Course in Magical Christianity   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Others, such as the Magi Group Course, reserve ritual initiations for the higher degrees, relying on the students' own dedication and efforts to forge the appropriate contacts with the inner sources of power, wisdom and love.
Ultimately we come to the legends and teachings surrounding the Magi who journeyed from far off lands to the sacred cave where "the Son of Light" (as the Christ is called in some of the Magi texts) was born into this world.
It will be recognized, however, that the Magi Tradition is embedded in, and closely associated with, the inner and esoteric aspects of Christian and Judaic history, mythology, lore and legend.
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 CCG Workshop Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
All the Magi have big eyes, and all the Dream Creatures, no matter how terrifying they should be, still have cuddlely look to them.
Once all the energy on the Magi is gone, and it has no creatures in play, that Magi is defeated.
This is most scary for an opponent with a beleaguered Magi on their last leg, and an infinately cool aspect of the game.
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 ws971225
We usually have the three kings in our nativity sets' We even sing, "We three kings of orient are...." Here the three gifts, Psalm 72, and the rising star in the East converge to render the Magi as three kings travelling from the East.
Peter and Marcellinus depicts two magi and at the cemetary of St. Domitilla, four.
Since the seventh century in the Western Church, the magi have been identified as Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthasar.
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 Magi, Myrrh, Frankincense, Star of Bethlehem
According to the dialogue 'Alcibiades', ascribed to Plato, the Persian Magi were priests, who practiced a form of spiritual mysticism which was their religion.
The truth about the Magi, the Star, and this souls who descended to guide us are only known to the Storyteller who continues to write us each a new story every day as we experience through the matriX of third dimension.
The idea that the Magi were three in number may have grown from the number of gifts - gold, frankincense and myrrh - offered to the infant Christ.
www.crystalinks.com /magi.html   (3436 words)

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