Revelation of the Magi

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-11-02
  • Publisher: Harperone
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Each Christmas, adults and children alike delight at the story of the kings from the East who followed the star to Bethlehem to offer gifts to the newborn Christ. While this familiar tale is recorded in the Gospel of Matthew, another little-known version later emerged that claimed to be the eyewitness account of the wise men. This ancient manuscript has lain hidden for centuries in the vaults of the Vatican Library, but through the determined persistence of a young scholar, Brent Landau, this astonishing discovery has been translated into English for the very first time as the Revelation of the Magi.

Everything we know about the wise men is based on only a few verses from the Bible. With the Revelation of the Magi, we can now read the story from the Magi's perspective. Readers will learn of the Magi's prophecies of God's incarnation from the beginning of time, their startling visitation in the form of a star, the teachings they receive from the baby Jesus, and the wise men's joyous return to their homeland to spread the good news.

This ancient version of the Christmas story is guaranteed to astonish and delight. It will also raise larger questions of the significance and meaning of Christ's birth, and the mission to spread the good news to every corner of the globe. All the drama and intrigue of the brief description of Jesus's birth in the Bible is filled out in greater, more colorful detail, offering for the first time the complete story of these beloved characters.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Introduction: The Sages and the Star-Childp. 1
The English Translation of the ˘Revelation of the Magi÷p. 35
Conclusion: The Meanings of the ˘Revelation of the Magi÷p. 89
Acknowledgmentsp. 99
Appendix: The Magi Legend from the ˘Opus Imperfectum in Matthaeum÷p. 103
Art Creditsp. 107
Notesp. 109
Select Annotated Bibliographyp. 151
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Magical Magi July 27, 2011
This wonderful new translation of a long forgotten 3rd century manuscript is both historically significant and a wonderful read. While this apparent account of the Wise Men's revelation and journey to visit the Christ child does not purport to be written by the Magi themselves, it does give a fascinating insight into early Christian thought and depicts it as very different from modern Christianity. For those fascinated by the origins and development of the Christian faith this will prove not only a fascinating read but a fine elaboration of the story of the Magi so briefly touched upon in the Gospel of Matthew. This textbook is very well priced compared to similar textbooks. It is an easy read that is straight to the point and easy to understand.
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