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The Origins of Christmas: Fact, Fiction and Myth Paperback – 1982
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Here are some quotations from the book:
"There appears to have been little or no interest in the birthday (of Jesus) until the time of Hippolytus, Bishop of Rome, in the first half of the 3rd century." (Pg. 19)
"St. Matthew does not specify a number, and tradition simply says 'three,' for there happened to be three gifts... Thus we now sing about 'Three Kings of Orient.' We have accepted names for them: Melchior, supposedly King of Nubia, a black man, the smallest of the three... Balthazar, King of Chaldea, a white or brownish man... and finally, Caspar, King of Tarshish, the tallest of the three." (Pg. 24)
"Artists invariably depict the Holy Family struggling along past the pyramids, mainly to set the place, rather than as a matter of accuracy. Their most likely destination was Gaza, where the outer limits of Egypt were no longer under the control of Herod..." (Pg. 25)
"Johannes Kepler, the great German astrologer, in 1603 discovered and ancient manuscript with the prediction that, when the planets of Saturn and Jupiter were in conjunction, a 'Messiah' would be born. He ... by calculation, discovered that those planets were in much the same position in either A.D. 6 or 7." (Pg. 26)
"(Santa Claus) is attended by Black Peter, clothed in the pantaloons and garb of Spain's former glory, and the strange thing is that he knows all about the bad things little children have done, and sometimes goes as far as to threaten them with 'no presents.'" (Pg. 42)