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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol VIII:
Apocrypha of the New Testament.: Chapter 16

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Chapter 16.

And when the second year was past, 1652 Magi came from the east to Jerusalem, bringing great gifts.  And they made strict inquiry of the Jews, saying:  Where is the king who has been born to you? for we have seen his star in the east, and have come to worship him.  And word of this came to King Herod, and so alarmed him that he called together the scribes and the Pharisees, and the teachers of the people, asking of them where the prophets had foretold that Christ should be born.  And they said:  In Bethlehem of Judah.  For it is written:  And thou Bethelehem, in the land of Judah, art by no means the least among the princes of Judah; for out of thee shall come forth a Leader who shall p. 376 rule my people Israel. 1653   Then King Herod summoned the magi to him, and strictly inquired of them when the star appeared to them.  Then, sending them to Bethlehem, he said:  Go and make strict inquiry about the child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.  And while the magi were going on their way, there appeared to them the star, which was, as it were, a guide to them, going before them until they came to where the child was.  And when the magi saw the star, they rejoiced with great joy; and going into the house, they saw the child Jesus sitting in His mother’s lap.  Then they opened their treasures, and presented great gifts to the blessed Mary and Joseph.  And to the child Himself they offered each of them a piece of gold. 1654   And likewise one gave gold, another frankincense, and the third myrrh. 1655   And when they were going to return to King Herod, they were warned by an angel in their sleep not to go back to Herod; and they returned to their own country by another road. 1656



One ms. has:  When two days were past.  Another:  On the thirteenth day.


Mic. v. 2.


The siclus aureus, or gold shekel, was worth £1, 16s. 6d.


One ms. has:  Gaspar gave Myrrh, Melchior frankincense, Balthusar gold.


Matt. ii. 1-12.

Next: Chapter 17

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