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After jesus was born wise men came to look for him probably from an area which is now in either iraq iran saudi arabia or the yemen although they are often called the three kings the bible does not say how many there were or that they were kings. Some bible scholars think joseph and mary sold the wise mens gifts to pay for their trip to egypt to escape herods persecution strengths of the three kings the three kings were among the wisest men of their time. The idea of three wise men may have developed because there were three types of gifts presented by the wise men to jesus matthew 211 in daniel 2 the wise men were unable to tell king nebuchadnezzar his dream before attempting to interpret it. The wise men six friends and the world they made is a 1986 book by walter isaacson and evan thomas it describes the actions of a group of us government officials and members of the east coast foreign policy establishment