Mystery of the Magi: The Quest to Identify the Three Wise Men

Mystery of the Magi The Quest to Identify the Three Wise Men How utterly refreshing and encouraging to read Fr Longenecker s extraordinary ruminations on something we all thought we understood and obviously hardly begin to understand until now That he has dug

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  • Title: Mystery of the Magi: The Quest to Identify the Three Wise Men
  • Author: Dwight Longenecker
  • ISBN: 9781621576297
  • Page: 361
  • Format: Hardcover
  • How utterly refreshing and encouraging to read Fr Longenecker s extraordinary ruminations on something we all thought we understood, and obviously hardly begin to understand, until now That he has dug so deep so we can see things we have never seen before is a testament both to his archaeological implacability and genius and to the happy fact that God has hidden endle How utterly refreshing and encouraging to read Fr Longenecker s extraordinary ruminations on something we all thought we understood, and obviously hardly begin to understand, until now That he has dug so deep so we can see things we have never seen before is a testament both to his archaeological implacability and genius and to the happy fact that God has hidden endless treasures in the Scriptures for our benefit Eric Metaxas, New York Times bestselling author of Bonhoeffer Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy and Martin Luther Modern biblical scholars tend to dismiss the Christmas story of the wise men from the East as pious legend Matthew s gospel offers few details, but imaginative Christians filled out the story early on, giving us the three kings guided by a magical star who join the adoring shepherds in every Christmas creche.For many scholars, then, there is no reason to take the gospel story seriously But are they right Are the wise men no than a poetic fancy In an astonishing feat of detective work, Dwight Longenecker makes a powerful case that the visit of the Magi to Bethlehem really happened Piecing together the evidence from biblical studies, history, archeology, and astronomy, he goes further, uncovering where they came from, why they came, and what might have happened to them after eluding the murderous King Herod.In the process, he provides a new and fascinating view of the time and place in which Jesus Christ chose to enter the world.The evidence is clear and compelling The mysterious Magi from the East were in all likelihood astrologers and counselors from the court of the Nabatean king at Petra, where the Hebrew messianic prophecies were well known The star that inspired their journey was a particular planetary alignment confirmed by computer models that in the astrological lore of the time portended the birth of a Jewish king.The visitors whose arrival troubled Herod and all Jerusalem with him may not have been the turbaned oriental kings of the Christmas carol, but they were real, and by demonstrating that the wise men were no fairy tale, Mystery of the Magi demands a new level of respect for the historical claims of the gospel.

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    1. At first I wasn't much interested in Fr. Dwight Longenecker's new book I thought I already pretty well knew the subject. I knew about the mythic accumulations that have built up on the story.Still after seeing some reviews I was intrigued. So I made this one of my Audible picks this month.While again I knew some of the basic outline regarding what we didn't know about these men of indeterminate number, I didn't realize how much we could know about them. In many ways this book is almost like a de [...]

    2. Interesting historical search for the identity of the wise men in the Christmas story. It's inconclusive, but helps sift out the myth from the substance.

    3. Definitely an interesting book. I found it engaging and I now want to do further reading on the subject, and I give any book that meets that threshold high marks. It did leave me with a number of questions, though. For example, one element of Fr. Longenecker's argument about the origin of the magi depends partly on Matthew's Gospel having been written prior to AD 70. Certainly it may have been (I'm inclined to think so myself), but that is certainly not a consensus view among New Testament schol [...]

    4. Though I am an atheist, I was raised Catholic (and for good or bad, you never really get rid of that) and I occasionally read pop theology and religious history. This book is a mix of the two genres and it looked interesting, but it was a big disappointment. The author, as he readily admits, is an amateur scholar (and, I would venture to say, an amateur writer as well, as the style--if not the content--seems pitched at a high school level). Instead of giving us a book about the mystery and magic [...]

    5. I thought this book is a great investigation about the reality that the Bible offers in the passage of the Epiphany of the Lord. The initial chapters hooked me up, since all the reflections about finding the truth and learning to distinguish what it is and what is not was enlightening. Specially since in our times many people tend to take Bible stories as pure fantasy. It was a fascinating ride and hopefully a start for other researchers to take this subject more seriously. It is very recommende [...]

    6. A fantastic book. Father Longenecker makes quite a compelling case for the Magi being from Nabatea and not, as we all thought, Persia. The connection to Paul's trip to Arabia and the existence of possible Magi in Damascus is fascinating. I highly recommend this book! Merry Christmas.

    7. Very interesting analysis of who the Magi were. I think Father Longenecker is correct about who sent them, and where they came from, and why they first came to Jerusalem and talked to King Herod, and why they went back a different way after worshiping the baby Jesus.

    8. Good information but at the end of the day this is one man's hypothesis. I will say that the author uses good sources so his theory is certainly plausible. If one wants to follow the author's logic and his citations, this could be a good resource for finding the ultimate identity of the wise men.

    9. Presents a compelling argument for the historicity of The Magi, and their Nabatean, rather than Persian, origins. Written for a broad, general audience. Good, but was hoping for a little more scholarly heft.

    10. A fun read!By the final couple of chapters he gets a bit ridiculous. But definitely worth a read. I don't regret the purchase.

    11. An outstanding report on the research done by the author to (1) verify that the magi visit to see the young Jesus is historical and (2) determine where the magi originated. Well worth the time to read.

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