The Adoration of the Magi

Epiphany in July

Of course it isn’t July, but it isn’t Epiphany either. Anyway, the visit of the three wise men to Jesus was a striking event. Who were these men, how did they know about Jesus’ birth, and what was the King of the Jews to them anyway? They weren’t Jews. It might have been intellectual curiosity, except they came to do him homage – to make themselves his vassals, if that’s what homage meant then. Why did Persian wise men, themselves kings, bring gifts and do homage to the King of the Jews?