The Biblical text is short and brief and for some reason, perhaps that is all God felt mankind should know of these visitors. What we do know based on Scripture is that they were considered wise, they were from the east, they saw the star which went before them, they saw the young child with his mother, they fell down and worshiped him, they presented him with gifts (gold, frankincense, and myrrh), they went home by a different route.
What we don't know is what mode of transportation (well, at that time it was some form of animal) they used, what race they belonged to or country from which they came, how long it took them, or what happened along the way.
In The Christmas Horse and the Three Wise Men the author has written her own version filling in the "what we don't know" portion of the story as legends have also done throughout history. The story revolves around the horse, Safanad, though there is also an elephant also used as another means of travel for one of the wisemen. The author identifies the three wise men as from Africa, Asia, and Europe.
I think the most precious part of this story is at the end where it is affirmed that though the wise men brought precious gifts to the Christ child, they themselves received the most wonderful gift of all......
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given..." Isaiah 9:16.......
"And thou shalt call his name JESUS for he shall save his people from their sins" Matthew 2:21A lovely book brimming with beautiful illustrations and embellishments a bit like the art in ancient monastic Bibles.
About the book: The Christmas horse is on a journey to meet baby Jesus! Join him and his animal friends with the three wise men as they cross snow-capped mountains, swift rivers, and hot deserts to reach the peaceful stable in Bethlehem where baby Jesus lies in a manger. Enjoy the beautiful scenery as captured by Isabelle Brent s stunning illustrations and experience the wonder as the pure-hearted animals and the wise men finally meet their savior and king. The journey of the Three Wise Men following the star is here told from the point of view of the three courageous animals that carried them: Safanad the horse, Gamali the camel, and Simbalo the elephant. Each one comes from a different land and possesses a unique skill. Together there is no challenge they cannot overcome in their quest to find baby Jesus. Verses from the Gospel help to tell the story. Also included in the illustrations are birds connected through legend with the life and wisdom of Christ."
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