The alleged influence of stars and planets on human affairs has flourished at least from the time of the Assyrians and Babylonians and is mentioned in the OT (Job 38: 33) and condemned by prophets (Isa. 47: 13–14). The Magi who came to the infant Jesus with gifts from the east (Matt. 2: 1–2) were apparently astrologers. In the narrative they were moved by an unusual phenomenon in the skies, but the gospel account that they offered gifts to Jesus and paid him homage (Matt. 2: 11) may be intended to signify that the astrologers surrendered their superstitious arts before the Lordship of Christ, very much as in the Acts (19: 19) magicians publicly burnt their books when they submitted to the Lord Jesus.