Shishu Sansaar | Interesting to Know

Interesting to Know

Home | Shishu Sansaar | Interesting


Previous | Next


About Bible
(1) Magi
Nowhere in the Bible it is written exactly that three magi came to visit the baby Jesus, nor that they were kings or rode on camels. It has traditionally been assumed there were three magi because three gifts are described, and artistic depictions of the nativity after about the year 900 almost always depict three magi. Additionally, the wise men in the actual biblical narrative did not visit on the day Jesus was born, but they saw Jesus as a child, in a house as many as two years afterward (Matthew 2:11).

(2) Jesus' Fall
Nowhere in the Bible it is written that Jesus fell to his knees under the weight or strain of carrying the cross, or couldn't carry it any longer, and therefore the cross had to be carried by someone else. It has been assumed that Simon of Cyrene was told by soldiers to carry Jesus' cross due to Jesus being unable to carry the cross any longer due to weariness and exhaustion. Three of the four books of the gospel give account of Simon of Cyrene being forced to carry Jesus' cross by soldiers. [Matthew 27:32, Mark 15:21, Luke 23:26]. None of the accounts mention Jesus falling to his knees or Jesus being unable to carry the cross himself.

(3) Forbidden Fruit
The forbidden fruit mentioned in the Book of Genesis is commonly assumed to be an apple and is widely depicted as such in Western art, although the Bible does not identify what type of fruit it was. The original Hebrew texts mention only "tree." Early Latin translations use the word "mali", which can be taken to mean both "evil" and "apple". German and French artists commonly depict the fruit as an apple from the 12th century onwards, and John Milton's Areopagitica from 1644 explicitly mentions the fruit as an apple. Jewish tradition states that the fruit was most likely a fig.

(4) Domestic Animal
The only domestic animal Bible des not mention is Cat.

About Islam
A Fatavaa is a non-binding religious opinion on Islamic law issued by an Islamic scholar, not a death sentence. The popular misconception likely stems from the death sentence pronounced as a Fatavaa on the author Salman Rushdie in 1989 by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini of Iran, when Fatavaa first gained widespread media attention in the West.

The word "Jihaad" does not mean "holy war", but "struggle". It usually implies an effort or struggle of a spiritual kind.



Home | Shishu Sansaar | Interesting


Previous | Next

Created by Sushma Gupta on January 15, 2002
Modified on 06/12/13