#1642

2019-12-25

The Mystery of the Magi, part 2

With Dwight Longenecker

The annual Christmas holiday has layers and layers of tradition that have accumulated over 2,000 years but in recent years we have tried to strip away some of the tradition and go back to the story of the birth of Jesus from the Gospels, particularly Matthew and Luke, and for some reason we've focused on the story of the Wise Men a lot in recent years. Dwight Longenecker, the author of a new book called The Mystery of the Magi, digs into this unusual story from Matthew's Gospel and suggests that these Wise Men did not come from Persia, which was quite distant from Jerusalem and Bethlehem, but rather from the Kingdom of Nabatea, which was right across the Dead Sea.

tags: Magi Wise Men Persia Nabatea Petra Aretas

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#1641

2019-12-24

The Mystery of the Magi

With Dwight Longenecker

The annual Christmas holiday has layers and layers of tradition that have accumulated over 2,000 years but in recent years we have tried to strip away some of the tradition and go back to the story of the birth of Jesus from the Gospels, particularly Matthew and Luke, and for some reason we've focused on the story of the Wise Men a lot in recent years. Dwight Longenecker, the author of a new book called The Mystery of the Magi, digs into this unusual story from Matthew's Gospel and suggests that these Wise Men did not come from Persia, which was quite distant from Jerusalem and Bethlehem, but rather from the Kingdom of Nabatea, which was right across the Dead Sea.

tags: Magi Wise Men Persia Nabatea Petra Aretas

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#1375

2013-03-27

Cyrus and his Cylinder

With Matt Waters

This is a rebroadcast of a 5-year old interview with UW-Eau Claire professor Matt Waters, discussing Cyrus the Great, who was greater than Alexander the Great (in his view). Additional information on the current U.S. tour of the Cyrus Cylinder is also included in this update.

tags: Cyrus cylinder Persians

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#1346

2012-09-06

Four Persian Kings

With Prof. Mike Caba

Four Kings of Persia are mentioned in Ezra 4:5-7: Cyrus, Darius, Xerxes, and Artaxerxes. These same four are mentioned in the writings of the Greek historians Herodotus and Thucydides. And archaeologists have found their ancient reigns well attested. In the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine, professor Mike Caba connects these threads of ancient history. And on this program he discusses the connections and their significance, starting with Cyrus and the Cyrus Cylinder.

tags: Cyrus cylinder Darius Xerxes Artaxerxes Ezra Herodotus Thucydides Persians

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