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The Magi In Bethlehem And The Queen Of The South (Mt. 2,1–12 And Cg V 78,27 – 79,19)

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There has been more than one attempt to analyse the confluence of traditions found in the episode of the Magi (Matthew 2,1-12). The discovery of the birth-legends in CG V/5 (specifically Kingdom 4) helps clarify and resolve several of the issues involved, and particularly the matter of a virgin-birth. As for the actual source to be posited, J.E. Bruns has pointed perceptively to the story of the Queen of the South in IKgs.10 as a close model for the Magi's visit. An especially fascinating part of the Magi-story is the celebrated star, which continues to cause controversy of many kinds. In fact, Apocalypse of Adam (ApocAd) seems to indicate that the geography of God's successive revelations could be associated by esoteric Judaism with patterns in time and space that are related to astrology.

Keywords:Apocalypse of Adam (ApocAd); esoteric Judaism; Magi; Matthew; Queen of the South



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