magi

magi (May´ji)

Sorcerers who, according to Matthew 2, traveled to honor the infant Jesus when he was born. The NRSV’s “wise men” is an inaccurate translation for the Greek magi, which comes from a root meaning “magic.” The magi in Matthew are presented as astrologers who are guided by the stars (Matt 2:2) and as Gentiles who do not know scriptural prophecies concerning the location of the Messiah’s birth (Matt 2:2-6). Popular traditions have portrayed them as three in number because of the three gifts (Matt 2:11), and as kings in light of (Isa 60:3).

Matt 2:2

2asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.”

Matt 2:2-6

2asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.”3When King Herod heard ... View more

Matt 2:11

11On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him ... View more

Isa 60:3

3Nations shall come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

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