The creator of a preferred new youngsters’s guide in regards to the Sensible Males says a lot of what passes for info in regards to the Magi is probably going false.
“Every thing I believed I knew” in regards to the Sensible Males was improper, mentioned Raymond Arroyo, the creator of The Sensible Males Who Discovered Christmas, a 40-page colourful guide that tells the story of the lads who risked their lives to see Jesus. It was illustrated by Diane Le Feyer and climbed to No. 2 on Amazon’s guide charts.
Up to date Christian music artist Tasha Layton recorded a tune and launched a music video, We Magi of Orient Are, impressed by the guide. The video consists of the guide’s illustrations.
“The unique [Christmas] tune goes, ‘We three kings of orient are,'” Arroyo instructed Christian Headlines. “Effectively, there have been greater than three of them. They weren’t from the Far East, they usually weren’t kings.”
Arroyo studied not solely what the Bible says in regards to the Sensible Males but additionally what two first- and second-century Christian leaders – Justin Martyr and Clement of Rome – wrote.
“[The Wise Men] got here from Arabia, simply on the opposite facet of the Useless Sea, in all probability within the kingdom of Nabatea. And the three presents give us hints of the place they’re from. These three objects, frankincense, gold, and myrrh – that [were] managed by the dominion of Nabatea. … As soon as I knew that, I mentioned, ‘I’ve received to write down the story. And I want to inform it for households,'” Arroyo instructed Christian Headlines. “And it is a retelling that’s actually extra historic and biblical than lots of the fanciful recreations we have come to think about as true. So I really like that we had been in a position to do it in a gorgeous manner for households. And simply to get them considering in that first-century, historic world mindset of why these males went out, what they had been searching for, and who they might have been beholden to.”
Fashionable readers can be taught a lot from the Sensible Males, Arroyo added.
“These males had been risking their lives to get to the Christ youngster. They had been risking their lives by going to Herod, who killed three of his personal sons and a spouse to guard his throne,” Arroyo mentioned. “So the excessive stakes of religion, mild and pursuing love – even throughout Christmas – stays.”
Just like the Sensible Males, Christians “ought to all be operating towards” Jesus through the Christmas season, he added.
“It is what we’re all referred to as to do,” he mentioned.
Picture courtesy: ©Sophia Institute Press, used with permission.
Video courtesy: ©Tasha Layton YouTube
Michael Foust has lined the intersection of religion and information for 20 years. His tales have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity At the moment, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville Information-Sentinel.