What gospel mentions the three wise men

Which of the three holy kings was black?

Which of the three holy kings was black?

Only one of the four Gospels gives vague references to the Epiphany story.

Today Christians celebrate Epiphany. The Star of Bethlehem led Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar to Jesus. They brought him gold, frankincense, and myrrh. So much for the legend. Of the four Gospels, however, only the one according to Matthew gives a reference to this story. And Matthew does not mention anything about kings, but about wise men (astrologers, magicians) from the Orient, i.e. from the east of Palestine. In addition, Matthew does not name a number. Only later was it concluded that three “kings” were due to the three presents. They didn't get names until the 6th century. As early as the 4th century, bones of the three were allegedly found, which have been lying in a gold shrine in Cologne Cathedral since 1164.

Whether these relics are genuine remains uncertain, although the contents of the shrine have been examined several times. The authenticity would be surprising simply because, according to later traditions, the magicians came from different continents - Europe, Asia and Africa. That's why someone is portrayed as black. Which one? Some researchers say it is Melchior, the most handsome and noble of the trio. Others, on the other hand, call Caspar, the youngest. For once we cannot clarify the “good question”. But that is not always necessary. The main thing remains the beautiful story.