This is one of those questions that I cannot get through my thick skull, and really, its one of those questions that are only trivia and make no difference in anyone's life, like the real birth date of Jesus. In Matt 2:1-2, it says wise men came from the East, Persia (modern Iran) being west of Jerusalem. At the end of verse 2, it says "we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship." How could they have been following a star in the east if they had to travel west? It seems a star in the East would have taken then closer to India.