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Wise men


Wise men - mentioned in Dan. 2:12 included three classes,
(1) astrologers,
(2) Chaldeans, and
(3) soothsayers. The word in the original (hakamim) probably means "medicine men. In Chaldea medicine was only a branch of magic. The "wise men" of Matt. 2:7, who came from the East to Jerusalem, were magi from Persia or Arabia.

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