ACMRS Lecture Series

The Revelation of the Magi
The Revelation of the Magi is, by far, the most impressive early Christian writing devoted to the mysterious Magi from the Gospel of Matthew’s infancy narrative. Moreover, it is written--supposedly--by the Magi themselves, providing their own personal account of Christ’s coming. Dr. Landau’s presentation will start with an overview of the storyline of the Revelation of the Magi and the results of his earlier research on this text. He will discuss the more popular version of the Revelation of the Magi in his recent translation and the potential usefulness of this book both for lay readers and specialists in early Christian literature. Finally, Dr. Landau will consider two of the most intriguing aspects of the Revelation of the Magi: its portrayal of Christ as a shape-shifting being, and some tantalizing hints that this writing might give us about the religious practices of the community that produced it.
Brent Landau
Brent Landau received his Th.D from Harvard University and is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Oklahoma. His recently released book is entitled The Revelation of the Magi: The Lost Tale of the Wise Men's Journey to Bethlehem, (First English Translation of a Forgotten Ancient Manuscript) published by HarperCollins.

Christmas from the Wise Men's Point of View: The Revelation of the Magi, An Early Christian Apocryphal Writing

Coor Hall, Room 4403