The ‘Wise Men’ from the East (Matt. 2: 1–18), probably astrologers. They are portrayed as Gentiles, ignorant of the OT (Matt. 2: 2–6), and presumably three in number (2: 11). Later tradition interpreted them appropriately for Christian devotion, on the basis of Isa. 60: 3, that they were kings, and even accorded them the names Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar, personages of different ages and race, thus engaging the interest and veneration of subsequent Christian generations. Matthew's story has poetical features; a moving star (could the magi have only travelled by night?) which stopped over exactly the right location (2: 9), though in spite of this celestial guide the magi were obliged to ask directions from Herod (2: 8–9). The story is midrash rather than history and Matthew's way of showing Christ's universal kingship (Gentiles acknowledge it) and of the submission of magical arts and superstition to the Lord—the point made by Luke in his account of the destruction of magical texts at Ephesus after listening to Paul (Acts 19: 19).