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First, “We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him” (1-10).

Verses 1 and 2 read, “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? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.’” The Magi came after Jesus was born in Bethlehem. We are uncertain of their specific origins, but many scholars suggest the Magi come from a group that can be traced back to the Babylonian scholars and intellectuals of Daniel’s time who served as magicians, enchanters, astrologers, and diviners. For many years Babylon housed the best and brightest minds throughout the world. After the fall of the Babylonian empire their storehouse of knowledge and wisdom carried on. Now hundreds of years later, they were still studying and charting the movements of stars in the clear midnight skies of the Middle East.