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Why did the Magi want "to worship" Infant Jesus?

We read in Mtt 2:1-2: After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? ...
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Do any Christians claim there is there more merit in one's facing the east while making a prayer?

We see in Matthew 2:1-2 (NKJV) how the Wise Men from the East came to visit Infant Jesus, saying that they had seen his star in the east. But, there is a small issue here: if the Wise men had seen the ...
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What is the Chronology of the Feast of Holy Innocents vis a vis the Visit of the Magi as per the events in the Gospels?

On 28th December the church commemorates the Sacrifice of the Holy Innocents As per Matthew 2:16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill ...
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Is the telling of the visiting magi, mentioned in the Gospel of Matthew, a made up fictional story?

What is a survey of the traditional responses to those who argue that the story of the visiting magi, mentioned in the Gospel of Matthew, is a made up fictional story? For example, an article (sourced ...
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Was Matthew's inclusion of the story of the Magi be a form of midrash influenced by events in 66 A.D.?

Around 66 A.D, the Armenian King Tiridates I, who was also a Zoroastrian priest and magus, traveled from the east to Rome accompanied by other magi (Mάγος) to pay homage to Nero and vow fidelity to ...
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How old was Jesus when the Magi visited him?

We read at Mtt 2:16 (NRSVCE) : "When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old ...
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What religion did the Wise Men from the East practise? [duplicate]

We read at Isiah 60:6 : " The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Madian and Epha: all they from Saba shall come, bringing gold and frankincense: and shewing forth praise to the ...
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Were the Magi believers?

If so, then why were the Magi still labelled that way? Why call a believer a member of the pagan Zoroastrian religion? Or am I missing something here? And by believers, I meant how the Magi believed ...
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Is there evidence that Jesus was a Dalai Lama? [closed]

The stories of the wise men from the East giving gifts to the baby Jesus seem remarkably similar to the way a new Dalai Lama is found. For example... Magi, or astrologers, look in the stars to guess ...
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Magi Kings: Good or Bad?

Recently I have a doubt related to the Three Magi Kings. Although, we all know that there are "denominations"that celebrate a special day in honor of them, there are others that do not. In ...
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Did Mary and Joseph become rich with the presents given to them by the magi? [duplicate]

Scriptures tell us that the magi gave Mary and Joseph gold, frankincense and myrrh as presents. Although we do not know the amount given to them, it might not have been just a symbolic amount (e.g. ...
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Does Catholicism teach that the Wise Men from the East in fact, Jews settled in a far away place?

At Matthew 2:16 (RSVCE), we read about the visit of the Wise Men to Infant Jesus, and the massacre of children by Herod : "Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, was ...
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What denominations, besides JWs, hold that the Star of Bethlehem was sent by Satan?

I looked up information about the Star of Bethlehem on Jehovah's Witnesses website and it looks like their point on it was that it was actually created by Satan in an attempt to kill Jesus. Now of ...
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Where were the Magi from?

I heard an idea that the Magi that followed the star, came and brought gifts to Jesus, came from Japan. However, the one saying this didn't mention the source. He mentioned the fact that Japanese ...
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How did the "wise men" become known as 3 kings?

In Matt 2, the men from east who came to visit Baby Jesus are referred to as wise men. However, now they are also known as three kings. When did they become known as "kings" rather than "wise men" ...
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