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In Poland, like in Germany, they are called Three Kings. And even their names are known: Casper, Melchior and Balthasar. In some countries, they are known as Three Magis or Three Wise Men. We have seen many paintings representing their coming to Bethlehem. But the mediaeval artists had no idea how they looked like. I suppose that they looked like these men. They are also bringing gifts. They are older than biblical Magis.

Processional Frieze on the Terrace of the Apadana Persepolis, Iran 521-465 BCE depicts representatives from 23 different subject nations bringing tribute to the king is a relief that may have been painted at one point.

The magi, better known as the three wise men, are some of the most well-known figures in the Bible. Thanks to the role they play in the traditional Christmas story as mysterious visitors who bring gifts to the newborn Jesus, they are probably more familiar to the general public than far more important New Testament figures, such as the apostle Paul or John the Baptist. Despite their familiarity, they only appear once in the New Testament, in Matt.

Regarding their country of origin, Matthew says nothing more than that the magi hailed from 鍍he East (Matt 2:1), but most early Christians thought the magi came from Iran. Matthew never says how many there actually were. Since the magi carried three gifts揚old, frankincense, and myrrh預 tradition developed that there were only three magi, each with a single gift.



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