Wise Men and Other Stories

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The three shepherds would be truck drivers moving sheep around the country.

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His dad often read the Evening Star so these truck drivers could read about the baby Jesus being born in the newspaper when they stopped at a service station for a cuppa. He wrote:. The inn keeper, whose pub was called the Queen Vic, said Mary and Joseph could sleep in the stable.

The baby was born without any fuss or bother and Mary wrapped him in swaddling clothes which she had bought at Mothercare when they had a sale on. All the animals in the stable came to stare at the boy baby since it was pretty strange-looking and not at all like a baby lamb or a baby pig.

Word spread round the country faster than a newsflash on television. The three wise men, who regularly appeared on Question Time, thought they ought to get in first with gifts in case the baby was a real king and in line to the throne. The vapour trails were invisible at night though he could hear planes going over. The first wise man had an unpronounceable name. He put on his best clothes and got his chauffeur to drive him to the stable. He took a bar of gold.

This was a sensible gift as the price of gold was going up. They had said so on Flog It. The second wise man also had an unpronounceable name. He arrived in a helicopter that landed in a field near the stable. He brought a bag of francs and cents in case the baby went on a holiday abroad. This was pretty unlikely, but the currency would surely increase in value over the years. She watched a lot of quiz programmes in the afternoons and had acquired extensive knowledge.

The third wise man arrived on a camel with a bottle of very expensive after-shave which would be useful when the baby grew up, unless he had a beard. The fourth wise man did not have a car or a helicopter or a camel and his bike was broken, so he walked to the stable with his gifts. It was boring. Bobby put any old answers. What is a verb? A verb is a fruit from India with lots of hard red peel. What is a noun? A noun is a breed of mountain pig that can climb rocks as high as Everest.

What is a sentence? A sentence is what you go to prison for. Mrs Teacher was reading the stories. Occasionally Bobby caught a glimmer of a smile on her face.

This was unusual as she rarely smiled. She looked up and nodded towards him. At the end of the school day, Mrs Teacher announced the winner of the Christmas story competition.

To his surprise, Bobby heard his name called out and Mrs Teacher gave him a Snickers bar as a prize. He wrapped the Snickers bar in a piece of lined school paper out of the waste bin. He would give his prize to his mum. After all, she had told him about the myrrh. As he walked home, he saw a yellow car. He was counting yellow cars today.

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As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him. After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.

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Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

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Although they are often called the 'Three Kings', the Bible does not say how many there were, or that they were kings. One theory is that they might have been Kings of the Yemen, as during this time the Kings of Yemen were Jews. Three is only a guess because they brought with them three gifts: but however many there were of them, they probably would have had many more servants with them. They were certainly men of great learning. The word Magi comes from the greek word 'magos' where the english word 'magic' comes from.

Magos itself comes from the old persian word 'Magupati'. This was the title given to priests in a sect of the ancient Persian religions such as Zoroastrianism.

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Today we'd called them astrologers. Back then astronomy and astrology were part of the same overall studies and 'science' and went hand in hand with each other. The magi would have followed the patterns of the stars religiously. They would have also probably been very rich and held high esteem in their own society and by people who weren't from their country or religion. They had seen an unusual new star in the sky, and knew that it told of the birth of a special king in Israel.

No one really knows what the new star in the sky was, and there are many theories including comets, supernovas, a conjunctions of planets or something supernatural! Find out more about the star in the Star of Bethlehem page in the Christmas Customs section. The Magi would have known about the prophesies of a special Jewish Savior also known as the Messiah from when the Jews had been held captive in ancient Babylon several hundred years before.

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Legends are told about them and they have been given names. This is how they are often described:. Herod asked the Wise Men to find Jesus and tell him where he was, not so he could go and worship him as he said, but so he could kill him!