What Happened to the Wise Men’s Gold?

In answer to a question that no one else thought to ask before, Robert Parham at Ethics Daily writes:

When the Persian astronomers found Jesus in Bethlehem, “they fell down and worshipped him,” reads Matthew 2:11. “Opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.”

The word “treasures” means “treasure chests,” according to a dusty commentary on Matthew written by John A. Broadus, who noted the “Oriental custom” of giving gifts to a superior, especially “gold and costly spices.”

Treasure chests suggest to me lots and lots of wealth.

Sermons, Sunday school lessons, movies, Christmas cards, paintings and manger scenes have reinforced a mental image of real gold, and a goodly amount.

Until last year, however, I had never thought about what happened to the wise men’s gold. I had never heard a sermon on the topic. I had never read an article about it.

Read the whole article here.


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