the Magi


: the three wise men in the Bible who come from the East with gifts for the baby Jesus

Examples of the Magi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The ambiguities of the Magi’s apparition remain a lesson in whom to call wise, and why to call them so. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 24 Dec. 2023 People line up outside their favorite bakeries early in the morning to pick up a rosca to celebrate the day the Magi brought gifts to the baby Jesus. Christina Morales, New York Times, 28 Dec. 2023 Yet the ideal of the Magi, the magical visitors, endures. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 24 Dec. 2023 Indeed, other scholars insist that the Gospel’s author did not mean for the Magi to be wise guys at all—or, rather, only in the strictly Scorsesean sense, as cheaters and scammers whose fake magic was humbled by the real revelation. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 24 Dec. 2023 Tricked by the Magi, the wise men whom Herod had sent to determine where the infant was, a raging Herod decreed that all children 2 and under who live near Bethlehem are to be killed. Aaron Gale, Discover Magazine, 18 Dec. 2023 This early January date, according to some religious traditions, marks the arrival of the Magi to meet the baby Jesus. Mary Catherine McAnnally Scott, Southern Living, 11 Nov. 2023 But long before the search engine can be rebuilt, the Magi project will add features to the existing search engine, according to internal documents. Nico Grant, New York Times, 16 Apr. 2023

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“The Magi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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