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Designation for a group of men who arrive in Jerusalem looking for a newly born “King of the Jews.” They eventually find Jesus in Bethlehem, where they pay homage and bestow costly gifts.
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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Wise Men. Men appearing in Matthew 2:1–12 who, following a star, come to Jerusalem and then Bethlehem to pay homage to the newborn “king of the Jews.” While Matthew tells nothing of their personal identity or positions and little of their nationalities, the account forms an appropriate introduction to
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
MAGI* “Wise men” (nlt, kjv) appearing in Matthew 2:1–12 who, following a star, came to Jerusalem and then to Bethlehem in order to pay homage to the newborn “king of the Jews.” Matthew’s account forms a significant introduction to his Gospel by drawing attention to the true identity of Jesus as King
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
MAGI. A class of learned men originating in Persia or Babylonia, who were experts in the lore and science of their day and in the interpretation of dreams. Because they dealt with occult learning, their name gained the connotation of the modern term “magician.” They were not primarily tricksters. Herodotus,
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
MAGI. The term is used in Herodotus (1. 101, 132) of a tribe of the Medes who had a priestly function in the Persian empire; in other classical writers it is synonymous with priest. Complementing this, Daniel (1:20; 2:27; 5:15) applies the word to a class of ‘wise men’ or astrologers who interpret dreams
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Magi (Gk. mágoi)Technical term designating the “wise men” who visit the infant Jesus (Matt. 2:1–12) and the “magician” Elymas bar Jesus who opposes Paul (Acts 13:4–12). In the LXX the term refers to those individuals who interpret King Nebuchadnezzar’s dreams, in conjunction with other specialists including
Wise MenFigures from Matthew’s Infancy narrative who visit the infant Jesus in Bethlehem (Matt. 2:1–12). These wise men (Gk. mágoi) from “the East” are led to Judea sometime after Jesus’ birth in order to “pay him homage.” Having been led by a star “at its rising,” they inquire of Herod the Great the
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Catholic Bible Dictionary
MAGI Ancient wise men who were specialists in dream interpretation, astrology, and sometimes magic. In the Septuagint, the Greek term magoi is given to the Babylonian court magicians called in to interpret King Nebuchadnezzar’s dreams (Dan 1:20; 2:2, 10, 27). In the New Testament, a “magi” once refers
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Ma´gi (DAV wise men).1. In the Hebrew text of the Old Testament the word occurs but twice, and then only incidentally. Jer. 29:3, 13. “Originally they were a class of priests among the Persians and Medes, who formed the king’s privy council, and cultivated astrology, medicine, and occult natural science.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Wise men—mentioned in Dan. 2:12 included three classes, (1) astrologers, (2) Chaldeans, and (3) soothsayers. The word in the original (hakamim) probably means “medicine men. In Chaldea medicine was only a branch of magic. The “wise men” of Matt. 2:7, who came from the East to Jerusalem, were magi from