Gentile sages who visited Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in Bethlehem shortly after the birth of Jesus. According to the Gospel of Matthew, they were guided by a star and brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Because three gifts were given, the traditional story is that there were three wise men. (See Magi.)
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The long journey of the Magi—the Wise Men—in pursuit of a single star.The True Gifts of Christmas Are Life, Love, and the Mystery of God | Joshua DuBois | December 25, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Though they look like little potsers and nudniks—Wise Men of Chelm—they are made vibrant by the ardor of their claims.Smoked Fish Surrealism: Ben Katchor’s Comics of NYC Neurotics | Jacob Siegel | March 16, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
What all the Wise Men promised has not happened, and what all the damned fools said would happen has come to pass.
As the sign hanging outside the late Gotham Book Mart famously claimed: “Wise Men Fish Here.”
Respected foreign policy “Wise Men” including several former national security advisors are pushing from the outside.
It's an idle question, I know; Wise Men and musty philosophers say that regrets are foolish.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
For Wise Men, without your taking such Pains to tell them, knew what they were before.A Letter from Mr. Cibber to Mr. Pope | Colley Cibber
I wonder why Wise Men choose silly wives always, she added consciously, playing with the reins.Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline | Jennie M. Drinkwater
From such an army surely the danger to public liberty could not by Wise Men be thought serious.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
Upon hearing this, the king in fury, and in great wrath, commanded that all the Wise Men of Babylon should be put to death.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various