• We don't really know. In Matthew chapter 2 it just says that some royal astrologers, magi, or wise men arrived in Jerusalem asking where the newborn king was so that they could worship him. (I'm paraphrasing)
  • The account in Matthew does not tell us how many wise men came to see the baby Jesus. It has been assumed that there were three because they presented three different gifts. However, all that we can really say for certain is that there were at least two because the plural form (men) is used.
  • In nativity scenes, three “wise men,” kings, are shown bringing gifts to the babe Jesus in a manger. But the Bible does not say that these men were kings; they were pagan astrologers. “A Catholic Commentary on Holy Scripture,” page 856, acknowledges: “The Magi (D[ouay] V[ersion] ‘wise men’) were originally a Median priestly tribe of clairvoyants. . . . The term later became general . . . for astrologers, sorcerers, etc. of all nationalities.” Did you know that? How many “wise men” were there? If you look in the Bible you will nowhere find that it says there were three. The number is not given. The book “The Glory of Christmas,” on page 72, admits: “The brief account in Matthew . . . is the only mention of these Wise Men in the Bible. It does not name them, say where they came from or even how many there were.”
  • 4 3 found him 1 was delayed,lost or misguided. at least that is what the nuns at the catholic grade school I attended years back taught. St Malachy s . how accurate that is , ??? (coin toss)
  • 4 3 found him 1 was delayed,lost or misguided. at least that is what the nuns at the catholic grade school I attended years back taught. St Malachy s . how accurate that is , ??? (coin toss)
  • 3? just guessing my lucky number :P
  • The number is unknown. The wise men did not visit Jesus in the manger but came later to the house of joseph. Probably when Jesus was about 2 years old, which is why herod ordered the killing of all male children under the age of 2
  • The bible does not specifically say how many wise men there were. Matthew 2:1-2 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. Usually people assume there were three since there were three gifts given to him by the wise men. Matthew 2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
  • All the answers I agree with. There was three gift. People think there was three. There could have been three. Well 3 is a important number in the Bible. Just like 7, 40 are important numbers. Well done my brothers and sisters. You are a blessing.
  • The Bible does not state the number...but they were told to let King Herod know Jesus' whereabouts...but Herod wanted to eliminate Jesus, as HEROD regarded Jesus as a threat to his kingship...And to make sure he ' got' Jesus, he had all newborn baby boys executed,,,Herod missed Jesus because an angel warned Joseph to take mary and flee to Egypt and not come back until Herod had died. The wise men did NOT tell Herod they had found Jesus and were themselves warned to leave the country by another an angel...So the star that identified where Jesus was ...was placed there by Satan who also wanted Jesus eliminated...Jehovah God certainly did not want Jesus' location made known..All this Bible information makes the many enacted manger scenes basically wrong...The star was not of Jehovah's doing.

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