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The Magi Bearing Gifts

Often the wise men are portrayed as traveling in solitude toward Bethlehem, but in this instance the artist has chosen to portray their journey in a way that is probably more historically accurate: as part of a caravan.

Dore, Gustave (1832-83)

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Matthew 2:1-2

1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 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."

Matthew 2:10-11

10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.