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Constructing the Messiah
Who Were the Magi, and What Was that Star?
Associate Professor of Anthropology Emeritus
University at Buffalo, SUNY
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Many attempts to explain aspects of this beloved story have been offered, including 20 papers delivered at a three-day international conference in 2014. We will consider a very different perspective, involving the influential reputation of Cyrus the Great of Persia, who liberated the Jews from Babylon and was given messianic attributes by God.
Phil Stevens is an Elder at WPC, on the Session, a member of the Case Library Committee and Chair of the Membership Committee. He is a cultural anthropologist; in 2019 he retired after 48 years in the Anthropology Department at SUNY Buffalo. This series is a reprise of talks he gave at the Church in 1987.