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An old syriac text about the Magi the subject of new book
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Quote:The story of the Three Wise Men is one of the most familiar and beloved parts of the Christmas story. But for all of their popularity, the mysterious travelers from the East ? known as the Magi ? appear in only one short passage in the New Testament, following a star to the site of Jesus' birth and bringing gifts of gold, francincense and myrrh. Many religious scholars aren't even sure they really existed.

The manuscript had lain hidden in the Vatican.
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Brent landaus dissertation is avaliable here.

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