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York Bowen
Tales from the Bible
The Adoration of the Magi
Persian star-gazers hasten to Israel for the birth of a royal heir, but find that King Herod has had his fill of them.

NOT long before King Herod died, astrologers from Persia agreed that an unusual star announced the birth of a Jewish prince. A group of them set off for Jerusalem, no doubt expecting to find Herod’s palace in celebration.

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No. 21
Henry Purcell
Tales from the Bible
David and Bathsheba
David’s scheme to steal another man’s wife succeeded, but he could not keep his secret from everyone.

DAVID became captivated by a young woman called Bathsheba, and wanted her for his wife.

When he discovered that she was already married, he contrived to have her husband, Uriah, drafted into the Israelite army, and posted to the front line.

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No. 22
John Stanley
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Daniel in the Lions’ Den
The King who condemned him to the den of lions felt far worse about it than Daniel did.

KING Nebuchadnezzar’s toadying counsellors came to him, and said that they wanted him to issue a decree. For thirty days no one (it should say) may appeal to any god except the King himself.

But Daniel carried on his daily prayers to the God of Israel.

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No. 23
Ignaz Moscheles
Tales from the Bible
The Parable of the Prodigal Son
Love doesn’t make people pay for past mistakes.

ONCE there was a farmer with two sons. The younger of them asked for everything he was due in his father’s Will, and went off excitedly to see the world.

Very soon all the money had been frittered away, and the unhappy boy found himself keeping pigs to survive.

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No. 24
Jean Sibelius
Tales from the Bible
Belshazzar’s Feast
Prince Belshazzar’s disrespectful behaviour left him facing the original ‘writing on the wall’.

BELSHAZZAR threw a sumptuous feast for his noblemen; and being short of golden cups for his wine, he had his servants bring the sacred vessels stolen from the Temple in Jerusalem years before, and bade his lords toast their own gods from them.

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No. 25
George Frideric Handel
Tales from the Bible
Cain and Abel
Smarting for his outraged ‘rights’, Cain lost his reason — but not God’s pity and love.

CAIN and his brother Abel, the sons of Adam and Eve, were both farmers. Cain grew crops, whereas Abel was a herdsman.

Abel made an offering to God from among his best animals, but Cain’s offering was rejected because he used crops that were no good for anything else.

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No. 26
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Polyword ‘Mole’
Make as many words as you can with the letters below. All your words must be at least four letters long, and must also include the highlighted letter. What’s the nine-letter word?

SEE how many words you can make using the letters below. All your words must be at least 4 letters long, and must include the letter (change).

We found commonly used words, plus one 9-letter word. Can you do better?

Use each letter only once. But if there are e.g. two As, you can used them both.

Don’t count proper nouns such as April, Zeus, or Newcastle (pretty much anything that has to be spelled with a capital letter at the start), or acronyms like HMRC.

Don’t just add -S for plurals or third person singular verbs, e.g. CAT → CATS or SPEAK → SPEAKS.

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Find the magic letter that can change three words into three different ones.