The Magi and Jesus

The “magi” who visited baby Jesus of Nazareth after his birth in Bethlehem near the end of the 1st century BC are often misunderstood and somewhat of an enigma. Popular songs and plays refer to them incorrectly as “3 Kings,” while few have much of an idea who these men were and what country or culture they came from. The book of Matthew is the only surviving 1st century AD record of these mysterious magi who visit Jesus as a very young child—the other three Gospels do not mention this occurrence, and no reference is made to their visit in any other New Testament book.

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