Wise men, guided by a new star, came to Bethlehem to worship Jesus sometime after His birth. They were not ordinary men. Magi were “privileged to search out the Son of God and give Him gifts, and were spiritually sensitive and knowledgeable, suggests that they were actually prophets on a divine errand." (Bible Dictionary) They were holy men from a land east of Palestine.
“Who will care about the King of Jews?,” “The Jews!” Most of the Jews lived in Babylon and were there until 1000 AD when the Muslims took over Babylon. So the wise men most likely came from Babylon.
We also know from the Joseph Smith translation of the Bible that the wise men came seeking “the Messiah of the Jews,” thus following the pattern of witnesses that brought seekers of the Son of God to testify of him. (JST, Matt. 3:2.)
Magi or wise men bearing gifts came of the east - symbolic of Jesus returning from the east bearing eternal gifts!
Tresta Neil is a homeschool mother of eight. She was born with curiosity and increases that curiosity through symbology!