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

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by Brent Landau
 

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“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

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“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.

Editorial Reviews

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.”
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.”
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.”
Booklist
“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.”
USA Today
“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.”
Day 1.org
“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.”
Los Angeles Times (online)
“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.”
From the Publisher

"Narrator Roger Mueller's deep, resonant voice makes him sound somewhat like Alexander Scourby, the renowned Bible narrator. Mueller's delivery will undoubtedly charm listeners into believing this fictionalized fantasy about the Magi and their celestial revelation. Apocryphal at best, Landau's tale of these star trackers is a clever weaving of the three wise men’s origins and the Nativity story. Mueller's engaging tone prevents Landau’s message on Christ's redemptive mission to earth from becoming heavy-handed." 
E.O. © AudioFile Portland, Maine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061947032
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/02/2010
Pages:
157
Sales rank:
231,601
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

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.”

Meet the Author

Brent Landau works for the University of Oklahoma in the field of Christian Studies. He received a Doctor of Theology degree in 2008 from Harvard University in the study of the New Testament and Early Christianity. Brent’s research focus is on early Christian traditions about the birth and childhood of Jesus, with a special interest in the Magi, better known as the “three wise men.” This is his first book.

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Revelation of the Magi 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 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.
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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