History of the Magi: Who were the Wise Men?

Three Wise Men, San Apollinare Nuovo and Ravenna

Every Christmas season, you hear this song. It has been sung for over 150 years. You’re familiar with the lyrics from this famous 19th century American Christmas carol that begins with the line

We Three Kings of Orient Are…”

but it is inaccurate in at least three ways:

  1. We don’t know how many visitors there were



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Bill Petro

Bill Petro

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