Revelation of the Magi: The Lost Tale of the Wise Men's Journey to Bethlehem

Revelation of the Magi: The Lost Tale of the Wise Men's Journey to Bethlehem

by Brent Landau

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Overview

“Astonishing, delightful, and theologically sophisticated.” —Marvin Meyer, Griset Professor of Religious Studies, Chapman University

Theologian Brent Landau presents the ancient account of Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar, the three “wise men” who journeyed to Bethlehem to greet the birth of Jesus. The Revelation of the Magi offers the first-ever English translation of an ancient Syriac manuscript written in the second to third century after the birth of Christ and safeguarded for generations in the Vatican Library. Following in the footsteps of Elaine Pagels and her exploration of the Gnostic Gospels, including the controversial Gospel of Judas, Landau delivers an invaluable source of information to a world interested in learning more about the Nativity and the life of Jesus of Nazareth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062020239
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/02/2010
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 53,804
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Brent Landau received his Th.D. from Harvard University and is an expert in ancient biblical languages and literature. He currently teaches in the Religious Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma and lives with his wife in Norman, Oklahoma.

What People are Saying About This

Karen L. King

“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.”

John Dominic Crossan

“Of the many recently discovered earliest Christian documents, Revelation of the Magi is by far the most fascinating. Landau’s presentation—bright and sharp as a gemstone—emphasizes the unique challenge and radical depth of this ancient text’s theology.”

Marvin Meyer

“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.”

Jennifer Knust

“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.”

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Revelation of the Magi 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Revelation of the Magi. I felt like I came to understand some things in my religious practice as a result. I bought this gift for family members for Christmas because I enjoyed it that much.
David_BucknerMO More than 1 year ago
This book provides a unique perspective of the Nativity and the "sons of kings" who visited him. A beautifully translated text with extensive footnotes for validation of the materials used to provide the interpretive perspective. This book will become increasingly important in years to come as serious scholars look to see how this story helps to fill the gaps about these devout visitors that the Bible does not provide. Kudos to Mr. Landau.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
Interesting but a bit dry. Not one I will reread.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought there would be more to it. It wasn't worth my time.
reader75LL More than 1 year ago
This is very interesting scenario to the story of the Magi. I recommend this book to any person wanting to challenge their Christian ideologies. I enjoyed the book.
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