Epiphany Magi history: Who were the Bible Wisemen, the Three Kings of the Christmas nativity

 Epiphany is a holiday observed in Catholic, Byzantine and Orthodox Christian faiths, Epiphany celebrates the visit of the three wisemen to the Holy Family in Bethlehem. In the Bible, the wisemen are also referred to as Magi (plural of"Magician"). Epiphany is also called Three Kings Day, or in Spanish, Dia de Reyes. Who were these wisemenThese three wisemen each came from a different country and none were Jewish. They were most likely Persian, Egyptian, Ethiopian or Turkish. The Christmas carol says "We three kings of Orient are" but none of the Magi were Oriental or Asian (from China, Japan or the Far East. Oriental means "eastern" (western is "occidental")--Orient referred to anywhere east of the Mediterranean and also the Middle East.  Epiphany Magi history: Bible Wisemen, Three Kings of Christmas nativity | Examiner.com

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