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During the Common Era (CE) there has been an innumerable quantity of attempts to disclose the true history of the Nativity and to establish the precise date of Jesus’ birth. So I have proposed to name this mystery “the problem of our era” (POE). As it is well known, the circumstances which accompanied the birth and the first years of Jesus' life are described in two canonical Gospels: according to saint Matthew and saint Luke. However one revealed many contradictions on the one hand between these evangelical narrations and on the other hand with the data of reliable historical sources. Therefore, if these narrations are founded on the real events, it is necessary first to find the moment of the history, whose events have been used as a basis for the evangelical narrations, and then to explain the reasons for deteriorations of reality in the narrations. Read more

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Seasonal complaints that the nativity story is being subverted by a contemporary multicultural presentation of the events surrounding the alleged birth of the infant Jesus have become commonplace. Some Christians play down the essentially Jewish character of the entire story. But even mainstream Christian and Jewish biblical experts have a problem in explaining the role played in the narrative by the so-called three "Wise Men" or "Kings" who, we are told, came from the east, following a star, to worship the infant Jesus in Bethlehem and were not Jews.

The mythology which has developed around these characters in the past 2,000 years has given them names (Balthazar, Caspar and Melchior) and a variety of different countries and regions of origin. But the only reference to them in the Christian New Testament is in St Matthew's account of the birth where he describes the distinguished visitors as "Magi" - not Kings or Wise Men - and gives them no names. He does not even say there are three of them.

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