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  • 1 month ago
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    The Bible doesn't say how many.

    Matthew 2:1-12 New International Version (NIV)

    The Magi Visit the Messiah

    2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi[a] from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, β€œWhere is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

  • 1 month ago

    it doesn't say, actually.

  • 1 month ago

    A better question is when did the wise men visit? The wise men never saw Jesus as an infant

  • 1 month ago

    three kings who were wise enough to realize what the star ment

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  • 1 month ago

    The Bible says these 'wise men' blabbed to the old king about a new king, resulting in the deaths of many, many innocent infants. Something else it says also seems appropriate under those circumstances, "Professing to be wise, they became fools". No wise men visited.

  • Rayal
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The Magi were astrologers who studied the movements of the stars to foretell events. They came to Herod because they went to the seat of power to ask questions.

    If the part about the "King of the Jews" and worship him could have been a later addition to account for the NT Jesus is King of the Jews narrative.

    Astrology was a big deal and celestial events were always seen as portents of big happenings. Death of a King, Birth of a King, Invasions, plagues, war in general have always been foretold by Comets, Planets and Nova. These Babylonian savants would be part of this.

  • 1 month ago

    The Catholic Encyclopedia notes: β€œThe Gospel narrative omits to mention the number of the Magi, and there is no certain tradition in this matter.

    Some speak of three Magi; they are very likely influenced by the number of gifts.” It goes on to mention that various works of art show two, three, four, and even eight visiting Jesus.

    Some traditions favor up to 12. There is simply no way to verify the number of the Magi.

    The queen of Sheba once visited King Solomon and presented him with balsam oil and very much gold and precious stones.

    Although three different kinds of gifts are spoken of, the only person mentioned as giving them is the queen of Sheba.

    The number of her presents does not indicate that three people approached Solomon on that occasion.

    Similarly, the three gifts made to Jesus have little to do with the number of people who brought them.

  • Michze
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    It doesn't say. In syriac christianity they claim they were 12 of them.

  • k w
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    3 Kings day, is what Mom celebrated as a child, so I think the number is three, but it is just a guess......

    • k w
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      I do remember the song, " We three kings of orient are....'

  • 1 month ago

    It was exactly the number of men that it took to deliver the gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

  • Ray J
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Two. No wise man would give myrrh as a gift.

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