Saturday, 15 December 2012

Pope reveals Three Kings were actually from Andalusia.....

The Three Kings who, according to the Pope, came from Andalusia

The Pope has caused outcry after claiming in a new book that the Three Wise Men came from Andalusia  and not the Far East as previously thought.

In his tome Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives,  Pope Benedict XVI  claims the gift-bearing trio came from Tarsis  or Tartessosa, a kingdom that historians place somewhere between the provinces of Huelva, Cadiz and Sevilla.

Using sacred texts by Matthew the Evangelist and the Prophet Isaiah to back up his statement, the Pope also said there were no donkeys, no camels used to carry the kings  nor any oxen in the manger when Jesus was born.

“In the gospels there is no mention of animals,” he writes, adding that the presence of cattle was probably invented.

Nativity-scene organisers across Spain have been left speechless by the claims, with many wondering what on earth to do with the props  and sometimes live animals, that  they use to decorate their belen displays every year.

However,  the Pope said that nativity scenes should not ‘give up’ these elements because ‘tradition is here to stay’.