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This is a new rendition of the tale of the Three Wise Men. As opposed to most stories of this historic journey, however, the author uses the youth of two of them to add adventure to the epic quest. The third man is much older and wiser and lends stability and a sense of discipline to the group.
The story begins with Joseph's dilemma concerning the pregnancy of Mary, his betrothed, and what he should do about it. Two of the most graphic writings that I have ever read showing fear as a result of the struggle between good and evil are contained in the first 50 or so pages.
The second part of the story takes place in Seleucia, a major city at the junction of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, and a major stop along the ancient caravan route between India and the city of Alexandria in Egypt. It is here that Melchior, the retired Parthian general and Gaspar, his 21 year old ward, meet Balthazar, the African, under rather nefarious circumstances. The scene in the prison between Melchior and Balthazar using the analogy of a stream of spilled urine working its way across the cell floor to demonstrate a point is worth the price of the book.
The third and fourth parts take place in Palmyra and Damascus wherein the three of them are confronted by "the evil of men's ways."
The final part includes Melchior's discussion with the High Priest concerning the biblical prophecies concerning the Messiah, the birth of the Christ Child in the cave, the dinner with King Herod in which the two younger men display their spiritual growth as a result of the journey, the presentation of the gifts, Herod's massacre of the Innocents and the flight into Egypt.
This book will keep you turning the pages. If not a biblical thriller, it is as close to one as I have read. The characterizations are magnificent. After you are half way through the book you feel that all the people you have met are real and that you would like to have personally known them. One thing for sure - I believe that because of Bill McCann's book the world will never think of the Three Wise Men as three quiet old men who stand in fear of King Herod.
If you are looking for not only a good read but one that breaks ground on a new approach to an old tradition, you will enjoy reading this book.
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One of the Few Written Biblical Thrillers 6 août 2002
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Enjoy transporting yourself 2,000 years back in time to enjoy this classic biblical narrative laced with adventure, humor, horror and suspense. Travel with the men we know as The Three Wise Men and marvel at their ingenuity as they overcome the life and death situations that awaited travelers in the ancient cities of Seleucia, Palmyra, Damascus and Jerusalem. Take pleasure in watching how the varied life-experiences of each man contributed to the success of their historic journey.
Find out how they came to know one another -- why we think of one as an African, and what this meant for a man of those times. Observe for yourself how true it is that `God works in mysterious ways.'
Discover the origins of King Herod, his historical relationship to Marc Antony, Cleopatra and Caesar Augustus. Marvel at this man's genius as a warrior and as a great builder, but whose ruthless paranoia for who should succeed him on the throne all but blotted out history's memory of these exceptional exploits.
Take pleasure in observing how supporting characters play their parts. Nathan, the Jewish trader whose belief is that the Messiah is a hope for the future - not a reality for the present. Atticus, Marcus Flavius and Marcellus, three Roman soldiers that are swept up in the events of the Incarnation and carried on to its inevitable conclusion. Salome, a woman of questionable repute, who finds solace and redemption in the part she is all but forced to play. Ptolemaeus, Finance Minister to King Herod, who must use all his mental brilliance to walk Herod's fine line which is pure genius one day and a raving mad man the next.

"And the Word Was Made Flesh..." is a masterfully written adult biblical thriller that recounts one of the most celebrated quests in the history of man. Written as a tale of adventure, the suspense will keep you turning the pages and change for all time your impression of these biblical figures.
If you are looking for a fun read that will also break ground on an old tradition you will enjoy this book.
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A Timeless Story Especially Apropos for Our Time 6 août 2002
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“And the Word Was Made Flesh…” is one of the few attempts to humanize three of the more prominent Biblical Christmas Personalities. Each year we place their figures in our crèches, mail Christmas cards containing their likenesses to our family and friends and sing carols which honor their achievement. Yet, in truth, we know little about them â€" either real or imagined. When portrayed on television or in our Christmas theatrical productions their part is usually small and without depiction of any personality. Guided by some errant star they come to Jerusalem, talk to King Herod, present their gifts to the Christ Child, and then, warned by an angel of Herod’s treacherous intent, they depart for home by another route.
In fact, they represent the manifestation of the Messiah to the gentile world. They had to have traveled for hundreds of miles across desert sand. In other words, they had to have had a host of problems! Who were they coming to see? The newborn king of the Jews? At the time Herod the Great was king of the Jews and he was a 67 year old man living with his 10th wife under the thumb of Caesar Augustus. Why would men referred to as “wise” make such a long, difficult and dangerous journey to honor the son of a puppet king?
Their journey had to have been a unique adventure for a singular purpose â€" a story for the ages. “And the Word Was Made Flesh” tells their story in such a way that having read it the reader will never think of them the same way again. This book has the ability to add new life and zest to the Christmas story. Finally, it will elevate the relationship of the races and their ability to work together for a common objective. This is especially a propos in these days since two of the men were Parthians, predecessors of the modern day Arabs while the third was an African and their quest was a search for the purpose of honoring a Jewish infant.
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A Credible Fictional Scenario 6 août 2002
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There are some things we just accept in life. For Christians, the journey of the Three Wise Men to present their gifts to the Christ Child is one of these accepted beliefs. Generation after generation we have invited their likenesses into our creches at Christmas time without a second thought. But just who were they? Why did they do what they did? These men were not Jews. So why did they make such a long (several hundreds of miles) journey? By searching through the religions of the times, the political governments of the times and the general populace of the times Bill McCann has come up with a credible story that will keep the reader turning the pages from beginning to the surprising end. In the process he or she will never think of these men the same way again. They will have personalities, ages, different talents, different backgrounds and even different races. Young people will be attracted to them (two of them are just 21.) And young Balthazar, who in the beginning can go either way is a wonderful role model for young male Africans or African Americans. They will narrowly escape with their lives on at least two occasions and the way they answer Herod's questions at dinner is the culmination of the maturity the two younger men have gained as a result of this journey. I had a very difficult time putting the book down as I believe any reader will.
A really great book. 13 mai 2003
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I was pleasantly surprised by "and the word was made flesh". From the title and the cover art, I expected a mostly religeous tract but, although it can hardly be termed a secular read, I found it very adventurous with cryptic prophecies and inventive twists. Mr. McCann has a voluble style and this laudable tale has been told with great acuity. The zeitgeist found within its pages gave me a real window to the lives led by everyday people; much fuller than I had perceived them to be. The book also fleshed out and humanized biblical icons in very plausible fashion. I usually favor history over fiction, so I greatly appreciate such a well researched book. I could not put this book down and, when I had to, I found myself wondering what would happen next even though we all know the basic story. If you give this book a read I know you will enjoy it tremendously.
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