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Controversial Messiah poem text released

The Presentation of Jesus at the TempleJERUSALEM, 7 BC

Controversy continues about the events of the redemption and purification ceremonies which were held at the temple recently. During the proceedings a singer named Simeon sang a long poem when one of the first-born children was presented. The poem implies that the child is to be the new “king of the Jews,” the Messiah of Jewish legend. A partial text of the poem was released today by temple officials. Anyone with information about the identity of the child in question is asked to report to the palace of King Herod.

Partial text of the “Messiah” poem, sung by Simeon and written by Anna

Yes, and you, child of promise, shall be called the prophet of the Most High;
For you shall go before the face of the Lord to establish his kingdom;
To give knowledge of salvation to his people
In the remission of their sins.
Rejoice in the tender mercy of our God because the dayspring from on high has now visited us
To shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death;
To guide our feet into ways of peace.
And now let your servant depart in peace, O Lord, according to your word,
For my eyes have seen your salvation,
Which you have prepared before the face of all peoples;
A light for even the unveiling of the gentiles
And the glory of your people Israel.

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.)

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