Melchior was one of the three magi ("wise men" - most likely meaning priests) who brought gifts to anoint Jesus Christ upon his birth. The wise men only appear in the book of Matthew and are not named or even numbered. Later Christian tradition fleshed out their identities and made them kings. Melchior, whose name means "king of light", became king of Persia. The Venerable Bede claimed he was the son of Ham, one of Noah’s sons

Melchoir brought gold, the gift for a king in Jewish tradition.