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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 8 years ago

Why do people call the astrologers that visited Jesus, kings or wise men?

I know that it is after Christmas but the decorations and trees are still up so I'll ask the question anyway. Nowhere in the Bible does it say they were kings or wisemen and it doesn't say that there were only three either.

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    They say that because that's what they were told and they have never researched it.

    Those Magi were actually astrologers from the east. (Matt. 2:1, 2, NW; NE) Although astrology is popular among many people today, the practice is strongly disapproved in the Bible. Would God have led to the newborn Jesus persons whose practices He condemned? Matthew 2:1-16 shows that the star led the astrologers first to King Herod and then to Jesus and that Herod then sought to have Jesus killed. No mention is made that anyone other than the astrologers saw the “star.” After they left, Jehovah’s angel warned Joseph to flee to Egypt to safeguard the child. Was that “star” a sign from God or was it from someone who was seeking to have God’s Son destroyed?

    Note that the Bible account does not say that they found the babe Jesus in a manger, as customarily depicted in Christmas art. When the astrologers arrived, Jesus and his parents were living in a house. As to Jesus’ age at that time, remember that, based on what Herod had learned from the astrologers, he decreed that all the boys in the district of Bethlehem two years of age and under were to be destroyed.—Matt. 2:1, 11, 16.

    Source(s): research and 50 years Bible education.
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  • 8 years ago

    They were "magi." Magi, technically speaking, were wizards (magicians, sorcerers). Magi originated in ancient Persia within the Zorostrian religion in the 3rd millennium BC (3000 BC) and were, basically, priestly wizards who worked magic and read signs and portents in the stars and earth changes. By the first century of the Common Era (when Jesus is said to have lived), magi communities were spread throughout the Middle East and Europe--they were simply groups of men and their disciples who practiced magical spiritual arts, including miracle working. They weren't much liked by the general population or government and some historians think that one of the things that got Jesus into trouble was that he operated like a magi--performing miracles and making predictions. The story of the 3 magi is legendary and curiously associates Jesus with magi. The idea that there were 3 was added onto the Biblical story. Later translators of the Bible rephrased "magi" as "kings" or "wisemen" because "magi' means "magician" or "wizard." Christians had to distinguish themselves from magianism and did so by inserting stories into the Acts of the Apostles in which Peter has contests with magi to prove that the miracles he produced as a Christian are better than miracles that mages produce. Although Simon Magus appears as a character in Acts who is bested by Paul and although Simon Magus was a real historical person and leader of a religious cult in the first century, the story in Acts is probably not historically factual.

    Source(s): Magic and Superstition in Europe by Prof Michael Bailey Gnostic Philosophy by Tobias Churton
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  • 8 years ago

    they were not astrologers; if anything astronomers; thats just an occult tactic;

    only the Magi saw the star. Comets, conjunctions, and exploding stars would be visible to everyone on Earth. Second, the star went before the Magi, and led them from Jerusalem to Bethlehem.

    This is a distance of about six miles, in a direction from north to south. However, not only does every natural object in the sky move from east to west due to the Earth’s rotation, but it is difficult to imagine how a natural light could lead the way to a particular house.

    The conclusion is that the Star of Bethlehem cannot be explained by science! It was a temporary and supernatural light.

    God has often used special, heavenly lights to guide His people, such as the glory that filled the tabernacle (Exod. 40:34-38) and the temple (1 Kings 8:10) and that shone upon the apostle Paul (Acts 9:3).

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  • 8 years ago

    They were learned men that studied the stars etc: more astronomers and possibly astrologers since they came from Chaldea

    Matt 2:2 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

    2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

    3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

    Notice too, that they came to Jerusalem where Jesus lived in a house about two years after he was born, not at the manger

    There was probably quite a caravan, no mention of how many came with camels and loaded with supplies and stuff;

    11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    It does say wise men.

    Mat 2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men came from the east to Jerusalem,

    Mat 2:2 saying, Where is He who is born king of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east and have come to worship Him.

    These astrologers were men who studied the stars searching for future events written in the stars, not personal fortunes as astrologers do with horoscopes today.

    They were men who studied all references and languages and were aware of the prophecy of a future King who would rule the world. There was a whole caravan of them. They had to travel in caravans for protection against bandits. They came from at least 1000 miles away or more. People get the idea of 3 men because of the three gifts which were very valuable.

    These gifts probably sustained that family when they had to flee to Egypt to escape Herod.

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  • MK6
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    They were called 'maji', and while there was 3 gifts, nobody knows how many 'maji' were in the traveling party.

    But since I think they came from Persia (Iran), they had a degree of respect for the Hebrew Bible, and learned that a Messiah would arrive soon.

    The term 'wisemen' is not too far off the idea of philosophers or 'diviners' of truth.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    The word appearing in the original (Greek) language Biblical manuscripts is "magi".

    The classical English translation is "wise men". That's why they are called "wise men" by English-speakers.

    The doctrine that the magi were kings was invented several centuries after the time of Jesus - but well over 1,000 years ago, so it has rooted itself rather firmly in most of Christianity.

    - Jim,

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  • 8 years ago

    Here is where we clearly see the beginning of a science community that truly was aware of Jesus, this unique group were all pagans and yet they knew the truth.

    Science in it's infancy was fully aware of the spiritual realm and always placed religion before their interest.

    Why and when the scientific community casted away religion to pursue their interest is difficult to understand.

    Perhaps, peer pressure in trying to maintain a belief in both caused dissension among the advocates.

    God bless'

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  • David
    Lv 6
    8 years ago

    The BIBLE in Matthew chapter two does name them as wise. They were not astrologers as you put it. They used Astronomy to interpret BIBLE prophecy. Notice they said where is HE born KING of the Jews for we followed HIS STAR. You can use the exact science of Astronomy to understand and know what they looked up saw and followed. The actual birth date of JESUS THE CHRIST is August 12th 1bc. The exact math of Astronomy makes that clear. JESUS was murdered April 3rd 33ad. This was also understood by what was seen in the sky above at that exact time. THE BIBLE say's it was dark you know. There are computer programs you can down load and see in the sky what the wise men saw which inspired them to get up on their camels and ride!!! Know also THE WORD OF GOD IS WRITTEN IN THE PLACEMENTS OF ALL THE STRUCTURES OF OUR GALAXY. INTELLIGENT DESIGN SO TO SPEAK. JESUS BLESS YOU david stotler

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  • Velma
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    They were astronomers NOT astrologers. There is a vast difference.

    Astronomers study the universe, including the stars. Astrologers believe the sun, moon, stars, etc have power over humans.

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