According to the Bible, how many wise men came to visit Mary and Joseph?
- 1 year agoFavorite Answer
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, “Where 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 year ago
A better question is when did the wise men visit? The wise men never saw Jesus as an infant
- BlessedLv 71 year ago
three kings who were wise enough to realize what the star ment
- PyriformLv 71 year 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.
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- RayalLv 71 year 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.
- BJLv 71 year ago
The Catholic Encyclopedia notes: “The 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.
- MichzeLv 51 year ago
It doesn't say. In syriac christianity they claim they were 12 of them.
- k wLv 71 year ago
3 Kings day, is what Mom celebrated as a child, so I think the number is three, but it is just a guess......
- MalcolmLv 71 year ago
It was exactly the number of men that it took to deliver the gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
- 1 year ago
The Bible doesn't say - apart from there being more than one of them. Tradition has three of them, but that's probably because there were three gifts. The two birth narratives in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke are quite different and were designed to explain away how Jesus was the Messiah when he was a Galilean and the Messiah was supposed to come from Bethlehem.
In Luke's account, Mary and Joseph were Galileans visiting Bethlehem for the census. Jesus was laid in a manger because there wasn't a room for them in the inn. No stable and no beasts. They were visited by shepherds who left their sheep - despite crib scenes suggesting they took some with them. After that, they presumably returned to Galilee.
In Matthew's account, they lived in a house in Bethlehem and were visited by mages - the story suggests they were Zoroastrian priests. Then they left hurriedly for Egypt to avoid Herod's slaughter of the innocent before settling in Galilee.
The important part of the Gospels is the public life and teaching of Jesus some 30 years later. The two conflicting birth narratives were probably pious legend.
- Ray JLv 71 year ago
Two. No wise man would give myrrh as a gift.