Who was the tallest of the Magi?
This question is no doubt asking about the magi
of Matthew's Gospel, not the tallest Zoroastrian priest (which is what the magi
were). Unfortunately, there can be no answer, because there weren't really any magi
. John Shelby Spong (A Bishop Rethinks the Birth of Jesus
) says that among people he knows in New Testament circles, the universal assumption is that the magi
, or wise men, were not actual people. He says that Matthew was writing Christian midrash.