Lucinda Franks quotes
The biblical story of the birth is striking in its absence of information. We never know exactly who the wise men are - philosophers? teachers? astrologers? - nor where the East they came from, nor why they want to follow the star and pay homage to the king of the Jews. It is as though they are symbols, metaphors created by the writers of the Gospels to represent the enthusiasm that the Nativity created in the land.
Pilgrimage to Bethlehem. Published in The New York Times on December 23, 1984.