Monday, January 31, 2005

Wise Men and Iran

It is worth us reminding ourselves as the tension between the US and Iran grows, that there is an old Christian traditions that Iran is where the St. Matthew's Magi came from.

There is also an old story that in the Seventh century, when Persian armies invaded the Holy Land destroying Christian Churches, they paused when they came to the Basilica in Bethlehem it because of a mosaic depicting the adoration of the Magi.

Recognising the Wise Men as fellow Persians from their costumes - belted tunics with full sleeves, trousers, and Phrygian caps - they spared the building.

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