Image description for Now When Jesus Was Born in Bethlehem

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A large swash capital N is used as a dropped capital, or decorative initial, for the start of the Gospel of Matthew; “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Jud├Ža in the days of Herod the King, behold, there came wise men.”

The initial contains stylized drawings of Mary and Jesus in a stable, with three wise men worshipping by raising up one arm each. The men are each carrying a gift of myrrh, frankincense, and a golden crown for a king.

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