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Chapter 2 Three Days in the Temple

11. But the elder muttered something in his beard, and I then questioned the more humane-looking scribe concerning the story of the Birth in Bethlehem. But this one said - quite away from the point:

12. (The younger Scribe:) “Yes, my dear good boy, that story which happily disappeared absolutely, was at the time much spoken about, and it is really of no use for us today in connection with the mysterious prophecy pictures of Isaiah who only foretold for his own time and in quite dark pictures. For the parents even fled - I think, and so I heard, after the well-known murder by Herod of the children at Bethlehem - (on which occasion it is certain that their child whom the Easterns had greeted as King of the Jews, was slain) - out of Judo somewhere, and are perhaps no more alive, since nothing more has been heard of their existence.

13. Of course there may have been something in the matter, for at the time it caused much sensation; but strangely enough, a few years later, everything sank into the sea of complete oblivion, so that no one now any longer breathes a syllable about it, and it is not worth while to say anything more about it. Simeon and Anna were two well-known enthusiasts of the Temple who, in the case of many a boy, made their Messianic remarks in a mystical tone, and thereby considerably turned the heads of many weak parents.

14. When God gave the law to Moses on Sinai, nearly the whole earth trembled, and the history in the desert lasted nearly forty years, and almost the whole universe had to acknowledge the Omnipotence of Jehovah. All the more will the Messiah, coming into this world, reveal Himself still more with a shaking of the whole universe, for David sang of Him: ‘Open wide the gates, and raise on high the portals of the Universe that the King of Glory may come in! Who is the King of Glory? He is the Lord Zebaoth, He is the King of Glory!

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