In Matthew 2:1-3 (NET), the author states:
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
Why would the Magi have automatically associated a star with kingship? Was the a historical/religious basis for doing so?