Is the fourth wise man a true story?

Is the fourth wise man a true story?

Based on Henry van Dyke’s classic, The Story of the Other Wise Man, this fictional story set in Biblical times is told in gently comic terms. A Magi named Artaban (Martin Sheen) sees a sign in the heavens that he hopes will lead him and his faithful servant to the Messiah.

Was there a 4th Magi?

Story. The story is an addition and expansion of the account of the Biblical Magi, recounted in the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament. It tells about a “fourth” wise man (accepting the tradition that the Magi numbered three), a priest of the Magi named Artaban, one of the Medes from Persia.

Who wrote the Fourth Wise Man?

Henry van DykeThe Other Wise Man / AuthorHenry Jackson van Dyke Jr. was an American author, educator, diplomat, and clergyman. Wikipedia

Is there a fourth king?

There were, many scholars believe, actually four kings who bore gifts to the infant Jesus. One of them, however, has been deleted from history; because of his gift – beer! When they arrived at the Inn, the Kings naturally approached the front door and enquired after the new-born infant.

What Jesus said about Barabbas?

One passage, found in the Gospel of Matthew, has the crowd saying (of Jesus), “Let his blood be upon us and upon our children.” Matthew refers to Barabbas only as a “notorious prisoner”.

What did Artaban learn from his experience?

New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers. Artaban was a Magi, a group of scholars who studied the prophecies and the stars. They learned that a great star that rose in the East signalled the birth of a baby, born to be King of Israel.

What myrrh means?

THERE ARE two traditions. The first, referred to in the carol ‘We Three Kings’, interprets the gifts as symbolising three aspects of Christ’s future life: gold representing kingship, frankincense (worship) and myrrh (death and mourning).