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Revelation of the Magi by Brent Landau
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Jan 02, 2011

really liked it
Read in January, 2011

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 text. It's one of the writings that, had history taken a different turn, would likely have ended up collected in the Apocrypha, and it reads essentially as such--like a lost book that its author would have wanted to supplement the more established gospels. If this sounds interesting to you, you'll probably find it fascinating. If it doesn't, you won't really enjoy the experience. Me? I really enjoyed it.

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