Balthasar: The Black Wise Man

Many Christians believe without question that Jesus was born on December 25th..he wasn’t but…I’ll save that for later.

The Three Wise men, who followed the star to find Jesus were Astrologers or Magi. . One of them is depicted as being a Black man, his name was Balthasar. He accompanied the other 2, Gaspar and Melchior on a journey that was believed to have taken 2 1/2 years to find baby Jesus. Although the Bible says nothing about the race or even how many Wise Men there were, this became the legend. It was in Germany around 1467 when this Wise Man began to be depicted as Black. The Germans associated him with the first Egyptian martyr and first Black saint, Saint Maurice, who was transformed from White to Black.

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