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Revelation of the Magi: The Lost Tale of the Wise Men's Journey to Bethlehem Hardcover – Deckle Edge, November 2, 2010
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“The fascinating story of the Wise Men from the East who came to see baby Jesus is presented, for the first time in English, in a remarkable new version based on an ancient Syriac text, and the result is a tale that is astonishing, delightful, and theologically sophisticated.” (Marvin Meyer, author of Gospels of Mary)
“Unread for centuries, the Revelation of the Magi retells the Biblical story of three wise men who visited Jesus at his birth, expanding their minor role into an epic tale. In a new, lucid translation, Landau offers English readers a chance to hear this remarkable story for the first time.” (Karen L. King, author of the Secret Revelation of John)
“This lovely text, skillfully translated and accompanied by expert commentary shows that early Christians approached the Christmas story with refreshing creativity. Landau is to be congratulated for bringing this important and unexpectedly influential work to light.” (Jennifer Knust, author of Unprotected Texts)
“Revelation of the Magi should be of interest to not only biblical scholars but also students of the Christian story who want to know more about these elusive fellows.” (Booklist)
“For all of [The Wise Men’s] popularity, the mysterious travelers from the East ... appear in only one short passage in the New Testament. Now, a first-ever English translation and detailed analysis of a little-known eighth-century text uncovers a far more substantial version of the wise men story.” (USA Today)
“This year a number of Christmas stockings will no doubt be stuffed with a copy of a beautiful little book, Revelation of the Magi. ...Quite luminous and wonderful... Like incense, the pages radiate divine grace, mercy, and love. They seem infused with light, glory, majesty, epiphany, and joy.” (Day 1.org)
“Landau shows, with skill and authority, how the “Revelation” contains a valuable message of tolerance that is needed as much today as in the years of its composition.” (Los Angeles Times (online))
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The Revelation of the Magi, although it's a Syriac Christian text rather than an Aramaic Rabbinic text, has the same impulse as do those wonderul Midrashim: they take a tale of only twelve verses, a story whose characters have no origin save a direction (east) and a title (Magi) and whose plot tails off without any concern for what happens to them after they leave Bethlehem (T.S. Eliot poem notwithstanding) and crafts a wonderful and fantastic (in some older senses of both of those words) narrative that, until recently, remained untranslated from Syriac, waiting in the Vatican Library for Brent Landau to come along and put it in my hands.Read more ›
This is the story of the Nativity, yet not told in the third person, rather in the first, from the point of view of the Magi themselves.
I will not go into the history of the book as the author does, but will cover some of the highlights. The Magi are not magicians from Persia, but are 'silent prayers', descended from Adam and Seth. Sprinkled with tantalizing theological tidbits (there is no original sin), the text summarizes the trek of the Magi from their 'country of the farthest East' to Jerusalem and on to Bethlehem. Christ is revealed to be pre-existent, as is the Nativity Star. I will not reveal the origin of the Star, but will leave it to the reader to discover for himself. But I will say this...what a fascinating read!
Much here to digest, as the story is written simply, yet covers much complex Truth.
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These ancient writings are magnificent! A lot of introductory material that was of less interest, however if one appreciates ancient writings such as the Pseudipigrapha, then this... Read morePublished 6 hours ago by CTBoenig
I love to learn about books that have been left out of the bible to figure out what really happened. I think this book will be a great addition to my libraryPublished 28 days ago by S. L. Pieper
I'm so grateful for this translation as it was absolutely fascinating. It has led me to some other apocryphal books that I'm really enjoying. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was a very informing treatise on a little know piece of extra biblical literature. I had never even heard of it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Joe Kessler