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 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 i

  • Title: Revelation of the Magi: The Lost Tale of the Wise Men's Journey to Bethlehem
  • Author: Brent Landau Roger Mueller
  • ISBN: 9781608147847
  • Page: 494
  • Format: Audiobook
  • 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 cenEach 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 Listeners 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 birth in the Bible is filled out in greater, colorful detail, offering for the first time the complete story of these beloved characters.

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    1. An odd fascinating look at early Christianity. No doubt in my mind modern American Christianity is nothing like the early version of the faith. Early Christianity was weird and mystical and not moralistic. It was a lot of fun to read this bizarre 4th century story of the Magi. Read like a fantasy novella. I remain pleasantly baffled.

    2. The core content of the book, the actual English translation of the apocryphal book about the Magi, is very good with handy footnotes. The commentary that bookends the text is not as good. Most apocrypha appropriate core teachings of the Christian faith to further the ends of the writer. Landau grasps at this tendency and asserts this work promotes religious pluralism, which is his own objective. Please note the author/translator is not a Christian, so it best to read with discernment, which sho [...]

    3. A well researched commentary on the ancient text supposedly written by the Magi themselves.On January 6, 2015, I posted the following on my book Facebook page, facebook/CatholicHousewife :Some say, “wise men still seek him.” But after reading Brent Landau’s ‘Revelation of the Magi,’ I believe the “magi from the east” were not seeking, but patiently waiting for the star to return. I am not going to spoil a good read by telling you how I came to this conclusion, but I will keep Landa [...]

    4. Revelation of the Magi is a great read. Brent Landau (translator) was fascinated by the story of the wise men in the Christmas story ever since he was a young child. As he made his way to the Harvard Divinity School, his interest in them hadn't waned. During his studies at Harvard he continued to come across references of a manuscript that was purported to be the a first person account of the wise men's journey to Bethlehem. Because no English translation existed, he undertook the mission to tra [...]

    5. Wow wow wow. This is an apocryphal text, and so not "approved" by the Vatican or any of the various Bible conferences. But, oh, if it is true! This amazing book is perfect for those in today's world who believe that our religions are not - or should not - be so very far apart after all.I am always a bit skeptical when I read an Apocryphal text. Was it true, who was the author, why was it written? There is something to be said for scholars who studied long and hard to determine which books to pla [...]

    6. Fascinating reading. The tale is basically in three parts: the author's introduction, with footnotes; the English translation of the Story (done by the author after a year of studying the Syriac language of the only known text) as told in first person by the Magi, with extensive footnotes; and the conclusion - the meanings of the "Revelation of the Magi," the author's extensive thoughts on the significance of this ancient apocryphal writing, when was it written, where and why it has lain hidden [...]

    7. What a wonderful Legend! An apocryphal lost book recovered from the Vatican archives just in time for Christmas 2010!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 (t [...]

    8. This was an interesting document, providing an alternative view of the magi who followed the star of Bethlehem and visited Christ at the Nativity. The text suggests that the magi were practically members of a secret society, descended from Seth (son of Adam and Eve) that had been watching for the star from almost the beginning of creation. I am not sure how I feel about it at this moment. I was looking at this as source material for a project I have in mind, but it was quite different than I exp [...]

    9. A nicely presented book about a recently discovered tale that purported to tell the truth about the wise men (commonly known as the Three Kings of the Orient - at least according to the still popular Christmas carol). Apparently this was well-known for many centuries, but gradually all the apocryphal stories became unused.

    10. This opens up the possibilities that many Christians have never been privy to. Whether you choose to believe in its veracity or not it still makes for a charming tale. I would encourage others to read it with an open mind and realize that there are still many stories that were not included within the approved canon of the scriptures.

    11. This book sheds new light on many bible stories and is a must-read for anyone who is seeking to know more.

    12. I was going to give it 4 stars until it haunted my dreams and earned its fifth.Revelation of the Magi is the second part of an artistic diptych of sorts. It began as the dissertation part of the exercises toward a Th. D. (Doctor of Theology) from Harvard Divinity School. The HarperOne version is an adaptation for a wider audience. The actual translated text of the “Revelation of the Magi” takes up only about one-third of the larger volume. The remaining two-thirds are comprised of Landau’s [...]

    13. This is a fascinating translation of an ancient text purportedly written by the original Magi. And by fascinating, I mean, I couldn’t put it down. So much of this text, translated for the first time into English, rings true to me, including a powerful passage on the mission of Jesus Christ spoken to the Magi by the Father. The only part that felt like it was a later addition (and an odd, disjointed one at that) was the final passages about the visit of the Apostle Thomas to the land of the Mag [...]

    14. This book contains an introduction to, translation of, and commentary on THE REVELATION OF THE MAGI, an ancient Christian text dated to around 200 CE, which was written by an unknown Middle Eastern author in Syriac. Its unique narrative of the biblical Magi expands the familiar Epiphany story into a sophisticated, engaging epic tale of adventure, enlightenment, and interfaith harmony. I find myself rereading this amazing story once a year, usually in the autumn, during the weeks leading up to Ad [...]

    15. This little-known apocryphal text is a joy to read, once you get past all of the Eve-bashing! The descriptions of God, his love and presence and LOVE are a delight. The theme of abundance is woven throughout from the magnitude of God's love, to the infinite ways He can appear to us, commonly or separately to even the provisions for the journey. Miracles and love are balanced by gratitude, and prophecy by gnosis, creating a moving and surprising work of praise and joy. As noted above, the revelat [...]

    16. Inspirational and enlighteningThis is the first document I've read on the Magi. It was intriguing to read of the descendants of Seth and the writings that were preserved from the first man. The sons of Seth completed the task given so many centuries before. The star was like the pillar of fire which led the children of Israel.The book was enlightening and gave me inspiration to ponder Scripture more.The Lord can speak to us as we read the Bible through the inspiration of Holy Spirit. Read and co [...]

    17. When it comes to the stoy of the three magi who travelled to Bethlehem to witness the birth of Jesus not too much is mentioned in the Bible. THis text part of a larger group of working copied by a Syriac monk in Southern Anatolia m,ade it's way to Egypt and then finally there was a copy in the Vatican. Not too much was said about thjis manuscript that was first authored in what is believed to be fthe second century.The Magic are descended from Seth, Adams third son. They come from the land of Sh [...]

    18. This text is an interesting little historical artifact -- a retelling of the Magi story -- but it reads like 2nd or 3rd century Christian fan fiction. The tale contains much glitter but little substance or inspiration, and blithely manifests the growing corruptions Greco-Roman culture, with its devotion to patriarchy and hierarchy, was insinuating into Christian thought in those centuries.The spirituality of the tale is shallow. The characters are perfect, floating through their world rejoicing [...]

    19. This delightful book was acquired for Christmas one year, because I couldn’t resist. The author received his Th.D. from Harvard University with an emphasis on ancient biblical languages and literature. He knows his stuff.Whatever your religious inclination, most folks are aware of the Christmas story including the part where the three kings of the east arrive at the manager to pay homage to the new born child. Landau had a lifetime fascination with the story and while studying at Harvard, he r [...]

    20. The author found a reference to this book in a couple of different sources, then finally discovered a copy tucked away in the Vatican library. The book purports to be the story of the Magi who came to see Jesus, bearing his gifts. The story is in first person as they describe their vision during their worship ceremony of God. (Badly phrased, but can't think right now how else to say it.) They claim to be descendents of Seth, Adam's third son. Adam handed on many writings and wisdom to his son wh [...]

    21. This is a translation and analysis of an ancient manuscript that is purported to be from the magi who traveled to Bethlehem. The author/interpreter does a good job of introducing and offering insight into text and its possible ramifications for Christians. He then offers the only extant English translation of the text. It is an interesting read and offers food for thought, but of course, the real issue is historical reliability. The author explores both pros and cons of its historicity. Still, e [...]

    22. What I find so fascinating from non-canonical books is how much of a cultural impact they can still have on society. From promoting the notion of secret knowledge in the gnostic books to adding to the mythos of Old Testament adventures, these stories illustrate the culture in which the First and New testaments were written while also portraying the struggle, at least in the Nee Testament, the struggle proto-Christianity had in solidifying its identity. This book adds to that wonderful history. I [...]

    23. Translated from a Syriac manuscript copied in the 5th century by a monk at the Zuqnin monastary in southeastern Turkey, probably from a text originating from the 2nd or 3rd century, this first English rendition of the magi quest to find the newborn messiah offers intriguing details to both the traditional and scriptural versions.Brent Landau provides a an abundance of scholarly background and deductive thoughts to the reading of the text throughout his introduction, conclusion, and informative f [...]

    24. An interesting book to say the least. It's difficult to say to what extent any of the story is applicable to what is captured in the Christmas Story. Without being able to identify who wrote the book, where it may have originated, or even pegging a timeframe for when it was written it is very difficult to determine whether this story was the influencer or the influenced.Dr. Landau makes mention of the fact that there seems to be some inconsistent Gnostic influences. I found that there are more N [...]

    25. This was a fascinating document, if likely of limited general interest. It's a translation of a lost tale of the Magi dating from about the fifth century. How interested you are in this book is likely to depend directly on how interested you are in the nature of Christianity back in the days when it was just another obscure mystery cult within the panoply of religions that was the rapidly declining Roman empire. The literary style is mostly nonexistent, as one would expect for an early religious [...]

    26. To each his own. I found this to be nothing more than a story, a legend put together by someone at some time between the 2nd and 5th centuries to fill in details of an already made up story (the account of the Magi in Matthew). No historical interest whatsoever. But if you like a good legend, then I can see why you might enjoy this one.If you are looking for any historical connections or "real" explanations for the original of the Magi story in Matthew, then you won't find it here.The author's i [...]

    27. This was my Epiphany reading. It is an unearthed, esoteric early Syrian text which retells the story of the Magi. Landau has done a great job at bringing an Ancient text to life.But I give this a meh rating because I wasn't all that enamored with it. Landau's representation of this ancient story (beyond the historic interest) is to show a different view of Christ's relationship to world religions. In the story, the Magi are led by the 'baby in the star' to Bethlehem. We see Christ as the inspira [...]

    28. To each his own. I found this to be nothing more than a story, a legend put together by someone at some time between the 2nd and 5th centuries to fill in details of an already made up story (the account of the Magi in Matthew). No historical interest whatsoever. But if you like a good legend, then I can see why you might enjoy this one.If you are looking for any historical connections or "real" explanations for the original of the Magi story in Matthew, then you won't find it here.The author's i [...]

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