three wise men?

bwurts

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the X-mas thread got me thinking - how do we know there were three wise men? - where is it stated?

I only know it from the song - just curious
 

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Scripture says wise men came from the east and also does not say they came to the stable. It says they found the "child".

Matthew 2:

11 ¶ And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
 

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We don't; the three comes from the three gifts but it could have been more, it's never said for sure.
Could have been less as well. The Greek just uses a plural form.
 

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