Lecturer and photographer Serena Fass following in the steps of the Magi who came to worship the infant Jesus as described in Matthew 2.
Who were they? Where did they come from? Why did they come?
These and many questions have been addressed with the help of Zoroastrian, Jewish and Christian academics and clerics of all denominations.
The story of the Wise Men who came to visit the baby Jesus is brought to life in a new book being launched next month to raise funds for a charity helping suffering Christians in the lands of the Bible and beyond.
The Magi, their journey & their contemporaries, a 300-page paperback complete with more than 200 illustrations, is the fruit of author Serena Fass’ labours investigating the famous figures from the Christmas story who come to the manger bearing gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Following their journey to the stable in Bethlehem and assessing their changing portrayal in the annals of history, the book seeks to answer key questions – who were the Magi, where did they come from, and why did they come in search of Jesus.
With contributions by Zoroastrian, Jewish and Christian academics as well as clergy from numerous Christian denominations, the book opens with a foreword by King Simeon II of Bulgaria and an introduction by Bishop Christopher Chessun of Southwark.
The book – a companion volume to Serena Fass’s work The Cross released in the spring – is aimed at raising funds for Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need’s work supporting persecuted and other suffering Christians in Iraq and Syria.