By now, you’ll see images of the Magi all over: the three wise men bearing gifts in every Nativity scene. When you begin to explore the history and tradition of the Magi, though, there can be a lot of questions. The Gospel of Matthew only gives some details, so where do we get the image of three wise men bringing gifts to Christ? What more do we know about them?
While researching his latest book, Mystery of the Magi, Fr. Dwight Longenecker has learned some intriguing information and joins us to discuss the many theories of the Magi and what we know about them. In our discussion we get to the many facts about the Magi and what the historical record says about them. This podcast is perfect for your Advent meditations or if you’re just curious how much history went into our Advent of Christmas traditions.
Resources We Discussed
Father’s latest book, Mystery of the Magi: The Quest to Identify the Three Wise Men, is available through Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and your local Catholic book store.
Check out Fr. Longenecker’s website, DwightLongenecker.com, to learn more about his work and to access Advent resources to learn more about the Magi. Be sure to also say hello to him on Facebook or Twitter.