Kresta in the Afternoon – December 11, 2017 – Hour 2

+  The Search for the Magi (full hour)

  • Description: One of the most beloved images of the Nativity story is the three kings riding their camels, following a star to Bethlehem. But little is known about them - were they kings? Magi? "wise men?" In fact, many modern scholars have dismissed them as merely pious legend. Fr Dwight Longenecker joins us with the evidence for who they were and why we can believe they really visited the infant Christ.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Fr. Dwight Longenecker
      Fr. Dwight Longenecker is the author of Mystery of the Magi: The Quest to Identify the Three Wise Men. He was raised in an Evangelical home in Pennsylvania. After graduating from the fundamentalist Bob Jones University with a degree in Speech and English, he went to study theology at Oxford University. He eventually became an Anglican priest in England. In 1995 Fr. Dwight and his family were received into the Catholic Church. Since then, he has become a prolific writer and author of several books, including Challenging Catholics, More Christianity, Quest for the Creed and The Gargoyle Code. In December 2006 he was ordained as a Catholic priest under the special pastoral provision for married former Anglican clergy. He now serves as pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary parish in Greenville, South Carolina.
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    • Mystery of the Magi: The Quest to Identify the Three Wise Men

      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 crèche. For many scholars, then, there is no reason to take the gospel story seriously. But are they right? Are the wise men no more 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. (learn more)

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