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What gift did Balthazar bring to the baby Jesus?

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The specific gift that Balthazar, traditionally identified as one of the Magi, brought to the baby Jesus is not known. The New Testament states that the Magi brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the baby, but does not associate any particular gift with a specific person. According to tradition, Balthazar brought the gift of myrrh to baby Jesus.

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Although Balthazar is named as one of the Magi, or Three Wise Men, by Christian tradition, he is not named as such in the Bible. The New Testament does not identify any of the Magi by name. It merely relates that a group of distinguished men bearing three gifts visited Jesus shortly after his birth.

While the Bible does not talk about the actual names of the three wise men who paid a visit to Jesus at the time of birth, certain traditional stories do. These stories claim that the names of the three men were Melchior, who was a Persian scholar, Casper, who was an Indian scholar, and Balthazar, who was an Arabian scholar. The gift of myrrh brought to Jesus by Balthazar was symbolic of the death he would later have to face.

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