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The Oxford Dictionary of Saints

David Farmer

the wise men described in Matt. 2: 1–12 as the first Gentiles to believe in Christ, were venerated as saints in the Middle Ages. The evangelist numbered their gifts not the givers, but from the time of Origen they traditionally numbered three, subsequently called Casper (Jasper), Balthasar, and Melchior. Their relics, enshrined in a fine casket in Cologne cathedral, were given by ... ...

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