In Search of the Birth of Jesus: The Real Journey of the Magi

In Search of the Birth of Jesus: The Real Journey of the Magi

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by Paul William Roberts
     
 

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Almost no one agrees on who came to that stable in Bethlehem two thousand years ago, how many came, where they came from, whether they were sages or kings, and what they gave to that special child. The Gospels don't agree, and neither do any other sources written within a hundred years of the birth of Jesus. Unraveling that mystery not only sent Roberts on an… See more details below

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Almost no one agrees on who came to that stable in Bethlehem two thousand years ago, how many came, where they came from, whether they were sages or kings, and what they gave to that special child. The Gospels don't agree, and neither do any other sources written within a hundred years of the birth of Jesus. Unraveling that mystery not only sent Roberts on an adventure in the footsteps of the Magi that took him from Tehran to Bethlehem, but revealed a religious crisis so profound that even two thousand years later it is difficult to tell whether or not it was resolved for the benefit of humankind. Roberts, a gifted and well-reviewed travel writer, has woven the journey of the Magi with a contemporary journey overland - by car and by camel - from Iran to Bethlehem. Part travel memoir, part history, and part ground-breaking religious scholarship, In Search of the Birth of Jesus will change forever the way we see the unfolding of religion and civilization since the birth of Christ.

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Roberts (English literature, Oxford) has used a travelog from Persia to Bethlehem as a vehicle to set forth his views on Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. He traces their beliefs to Vedic India via Zoroastrianism and asserts that most elements of these religions have been added by clerics to institutionalize and to consolidate power. In his view, the Zoroastrian Magi were coming to assist one of their own persuasion-Jesus. Unfortunately, Roberts is untrained in the complex subject area he hopes to elucidate and is contemptuous of established scholarship. He picks and chooses among a jumble of anecdotal evidence, folklore, mystical literature, and casual observations and presents tenuous conclusions based on little solid evidence. He quite frankly admits, "I make no apology for presenting a history that fits my own needs." While the travelog part is lively and interesting, its mocking "humor" soon becomes irritating. Not recommended.-Eugene O. Bowser, Univ. of Northern Colorado, Greeley

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ISBN-13:
9781573225670
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/1996
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.08(w) x 8.96(h) x 1.10(d)

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