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 Were the Three Wise Men from China?

The story of the Three Wise Men is one of the most familiar and beloved parts of the Christmas story. But for all of their popularity, the mysterious travelers from the East — known as the Magi — appear in only one short passage in the New Testament, following a star to the site of Jesus' birth and bringing gifts of gold, francincense and myrrh. Many religious scholars aren't even sure they really existed.

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.

Brent Landau, a professor of religious studies at the University of Oklahoma and an expert in ancient biblical languages, found references to a text about the wise men in writings from the Middle Ages and learned that a collector in the 18th century had discovered in a Turkish monastery a manuscript called "the Revelation of the Magi" ...

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SI Moderator - Greg Gordon

 2010/12/4 12:49Profile

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 Re: Were the Three Wise Men from China?

Very interesting...I did click on the link and read the news article.

I wonder if there is any record of what happened to them after they returned to their homeland? Did they share their story? Does history tell us that there were a people who were later found to be serving the LORD because of what these men found and taught?

Just curious, not that it matters a whole lot, but I do find it fascinating, nevertheless.


Sandra Miller

 2010/12/4 13:00Profile

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