Were the Magi from Persia?
One of the most interesting aspects of the Magi story is how we got it wrong for so long.
Most people (if they think the Magi were historical at all) assume they were Persian wizards. They assume this because Matthew uses the word “magoi” to speak of the wise men. The word “magoi” is a Persian word indicating the ancient caste of shamans and later Zoroastrian priests who were called “magi.”
However, there were magi in most every court of the ancient Middle East. Every king had his wise men, shamans, astrologers, prophets and soothsayers. Remember in the story in Matthew’s gospel,