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Overview Artaban hastens to join three fellow Magi for the long journey into Judaea, but he pauses to help a dying man and is left behind. And so Artaban began his pilgrimage alone, striking out not toward the realization of his life's deepest longing, as he had hoped, but only toward misfortune and suffering--or so he believes until one blessed, radiant moment.
"One of the most meaningful stories ever written..."
"You know the story of the Three Wise Men of the East, and how they traveled from far away to offer their gifts at the manger-cradle in Bethlehem. But have you ever heard the story of the Other Wise Man?"
So begins Henry van Dyke's Christmas classic, told in the manner of the great fairy tales--and like a great fairy tale, it couldn't be more true This beautiful edition is designed so that you can read "The Other Wise Man" as it is intended to be read--slowly.
His name was Artaban, and he told his doubting friends why he wanted to travel far away to see the promised king: "It has been shown to me and to my three companions among the Magi--Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. We have searched the ancient tablets of Chaldea and computed the time. We have studied the sky. We saw a new star there, which shone for one night and then vanished. Now again the two great planets are meeting. This night is their conjunction."
Try as he might, Artaban was unable to join the three Magi on that historic night. But as it turns out, he had even more important things to do--and he learned what it really means to know God.
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Studio: Paraclete Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.6" Width: 5" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2008
Publisher Paraclete Press (MA)
ISBN 1557256101 ISBN13 9781557256102
Availability 0 units.
More About Henry Van Dyke
Henry Jackson Van Dyke was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, in 1852, the son of a prominent Presbyterian minister and his wife. After graduating from Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary, van Dyke served as a university lecturer, a minister, and ambassador for the United States to the Netherlands and Luxemburg, and a chaplain in the U.S. Naval Reserve. A prolific and world-renowned writer and poet, van Dyke drew from his love of nature and religion to eloquently express his thoughts on the beauty of the outdoors, the nobility of mankind, and the need for righteousness to be preserved. He passed away at the age of eighty in Princeton, New Jersey, with his wife, Ellen, and several of his nine children at his bedside.
Dan Burr, an award-winning illustrator, earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Utah State University and a master s degree in illustration from Syracuse University. He and his wife, Patti, are the parents of two children and live in Tetonia, Idaho. Dan has illustrated many children s books, including "The Miracle of the Wooden Shoes, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, "and "The Christmas Train.""
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THE STORY OF THE OTHER WISE MAN by Henry Van Dyke Jan 21, 2009
The Story of the Other Wise Man (sometimes just The Other Wise Man) is a 1896 novella by Henry Van Dyke, a professor, preacher and diplomat (He also wrote the words to "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee"). This novella has become (and remains) something of a Christmas classic, up there with O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi" and such. Here, Artaban, a Parthian magus, intends to travel with his three magi friends to find the infant Jesus. But he is repeatedly delayed by a number of factors, many of which involve him stopping out of compassion to help the needy. In doing so, he wonders if he will ever find Jesus.
The end of the story isn't entirely expected. But Van Dyke's message is transparent throughout - it is by serving others that we best serve God himself (Matthew 25:31-46). Artaban is, to some degree, aware of this, even as he despairs of giving away the treasures he had stored up for Jesus, but on the whole he loses sight of the significance of the good that he does. This inner conflict is not played up to the degree it might have been, but nevertheless this story's impact is powerful.
The Story of the Other Wise Man is mind-bogglingly descriptive. Perhaps half the book is taken up by descriptions like
"The doorway between the pillars, which opened upon the terrace of the roof, was covered with a heavy curtain of the color of a ripe pomegranate, embroidered with innumerable golden rays shooting upward from the floor. In effect the room was like a quiet, starry night, all azure and silver, flushed in the east with the rosy promise of the dawn. It was, as the house of a man should be, an expression of the character and spirit of the master."
This level of detail is a double-edged sword. It's terribly immersive, but it also slows down the story, at times to the degree that the reader may skip ahead. Also, kids and adults will want to keep a dictionary handy.
All things considered, The Story of the Other Wise Man has held up very well, and is rightly a Christmas classic still.
Great buy! Jan 11, 2009
Great buy! I have always wanted to buy this book and when I did, I wasn't disappointed. I loved the book. I liked the movie.
A Search for the King Jan 8, 2009
This story is a plausible account of a fourth Wise Man who fails to meet the other three Magi on the appointed night. Therefore, he spends his entire life searching for the King who is promised. He follows the star. He goes to Egypt. He returns to Israel. He always misses the Messiah. He spends his gifts to feed the poor and dying, save a child, and again saving a girl from slavery. When he finds Jesus, He has nothing to give. However, Jesus accepts his gifts. This was written as a sermon by Henry Van Dyke, a Presbyteian Minister who became a College professor of English. It is a very powerful story told in a magnificent way.
A timeless story Dec 17, 2008
The date written on the first page of this book is Christmas 1968; that is when I received the book as a gift from the leaders of my Junior Great Books disussion group. I loved it then and I love it now. I pull it off the shelf every Christmas and am teary at the end each time I read it. The story of Artaban is one that has something to say to all of us who call ourselves followers of God.
Full Circle Nov 27, 2007
My Grandmother read this classic story to me when I was a child. Now I read this story to my grandchildren. This is a timeless tale for all ages.
Also recomended: Christmas Gifts, Christmas Voices--another classic holiday story.