Who were the THREE Wise men, who visited Jesus at his birth in Bethlehem?

How do we know that Wise-men from east, were THREE in number?

Who were they? Their names? And who was/were Magi?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    The Bible doesn't say how many wise men went to see Jesus at his birth. It says that they gave him three gifts, so many people think there were three wise men. This, in fact, was not necessarily the case.

  • 1 decade ago

    No one knows who they were or what their names were. It is assumed that they were astrologers from Persia who had been observing star conjunctions that had specific meanings in their religion. A conjunction was occurring that meant that a holy king was born in Judea, and they went to verify this.

    In the following years, a whole story was invented, giving these men names and possible places of origin, king status, and so on. We don't even know there were three, but the three gifts made people think that meant three givers. The word Magi (singular Magus) meant wise people with esoteric knowledge. It's the root word of magician.

  • 1 decade ago

    Jerusalem was sort of the trade Capitol of the world of that day. These 3 men were either from India or even from the Orient. They had read and studied the Prophets of the Bible of old and believed in them. They also were educated about the stars. I don't know what the star was that marked Jesus' birth but it was different. They associated its appearence with the Prophecies they had read and went to find this chosen one they had read about.

  • 4 years ago

    It doesn't say how many. The word used is plural, so there were at least 2. The idea of 3 comes from later Catholic tradition. I'm not buying it, but that is where the idea comes from. ---------------------------------------... RE I believe it comes from the 3 gifts they brought. Yes. The early Catholic iconography would show one wise man with gold, one with frankincense, and one with myrrh. Originally, it was meant to be a teaching tool (not literal). Later, it was believed that there were literally 3 wise men.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    the bible doe s say they were wise men and they must have been fluent in many cultures so when the star appeared in the sky or whatever made the brightness (star aliengment -planet alignment) int he sky appear, they new that the Jewish prophecy was indeed happenign and they wanted to personally witness it. They traveled to see the son of the king, thinking of course that it would be Herod's son, and not understanding that it was the son of man.

  • FUNdie
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    The Bible doesn't say there were "three", it only says "Wise men from the East". They were likely Zoroastrian kings - they would have to be pretty wealthy to bring expensive gifts like gold, frankincense and myrrh. In any case, they must have known about the OT prophecies, and had been watching for the star's appearance.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Balthasar a Jewish scholar and one who studied the stars, Melchior his student, and a few others (Can't remember their names). There were actually more than three. Most were from Persia. They walked over a thousand miles to see the new born king. Now that is devotion and faith in action.

  • 1 decade ago

    We know nothing about them except that they were called Magi and brought three gifts, so it is assumed there were three of them. Magi were Persian astrologers and so would have been Zoroastrian in religion.

  • 1 decade ago

    We don't know there were three. there were three gifts mentioned. and Wise men is plural (more than one). Magi were the astrologers from Babylon, and tradition has it that it was Daniel's wealth that they brought to the Savior YAHOSHUA.

  • 1 decade ago

    The constellation of the 3 kings or 3 wise men lines up with Sirius in direction of the Sun.

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