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Horticulture And The Three Gift Tradition

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eTradeWire -- The Three Magi also known as the three 'Wise Men' were distinguished foreigners in the Gospel of Matthew and Christian tradition.

Since most of our religion derived in antiquity among primitive agricultural communities there is a strong reference to agricultural and horticultural plants as well as practices such as planting, grafting, training, harvest and processing that are interspersed in religious writings (Moldenke and Moldenke, 1952).

Granted as Saints, the three wise men worshiped Jesus and are said to have given three gifts as gesture of respect. Jesus received three gifts from the Wise Men on December 25 – gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Does Gold, Frankincense, And Myrrh Hold A Connection To Horticulture?

The three gifts had a spiritual meaning: gold as a symbol of kingship on earth, frankincense (an incense) as a symbol of deity, and myrrh (an embalming oil) as a symbol of death. This dates back to Origen in Contra Celsum: "gold, as to a king; myrrh, as to one who was mortal; and incense, as to a God."

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There is evidence to suggest that gold, frankincense, and myrrh do hold a connection to horticulture.

Gold And The Power

In the cases where gold was found at relatively early dates, several characteristics are evident in relation to the use of gold with primitive tools. Gold nuggets found in streams and creaks which could easily be hammered into tools which may have been used in combination with other metals for horticultural purposes.

Gold is often found in funerary contexts, suggesting it was both a status symbol in life and something to be taken to the next life. In the New Testament, Jesus is referred to as the King of the Jews (or King of the Judeans) and gold is well documented as a source of power. Furthermore, the 'Parable of The Hidden Treasure' presupposes that someone has buried a treasure and later died. The setting here presupposes that someone has buried a treasure and later died. The current owner of the field is unaware of its existence. The finder, perhaps a farm labourer, is entitled to it, but is unable to conveniently extract it unless he buys the field. This suggests the importance of gold in the form of trade in horticulture.

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Source: Wyoming Investor
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