Descendents of the Magi?

Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes: Cultural Studies in the Gospels Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes: Cultural Studies in the Gospels by Kenneth E. Bailey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is amazing! Bailey lived for 60 years in the Middle East, and has literally lived through the Bible story. The book begins with a stunning study, which presents a convincing case that Jesus was actually born in a house (since many poor, Middle Eastern homes actually have mangers in the house!).   I won’t give away the rest of his argument, but I did want to share another tid-bit that lept out at me.

Speaking of the Magi, and who they might have been, he writes: “In the 1920s a British scholar, E.F.F. Bishop, visited a Bedouin tribe in Jordan. This Muslim tribe bore the Arabic name al-Kokabani. The word kokab means “planet” and al-Kaokabani means “Those who study/follow the planets.” Bishop asked the elders of the tribe why they called themselves by such a name. They replied that it was because their ancestors followed the planets and traveled west to Palestine to show honor to the great prophet Jesus when he was born. This supports Justin’s [Justin Martyr – ca. 165 A.D.] second-century claim that the wise men were Arabs from Arabia,” (Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes, 53).

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One thought on “Descendents of the Magi?

  1. I am a descendent of the magi. My ancestors were Zorastrians, the one’s who followed the stars and planets. I am a MoghAdam (wiseMan/Magi People) by blood and lineage. The people who followed the stars are all over the world. The Salisbury’s of Stonehenge in England as another. I come from the line of fire worshippers, the pagans that somehow find their invite every Christmas as the first guests before Jesus.

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