The Wise Man Returns
by Kenny Kemp
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 8, 2011
by Cedar Fort, Inc
Rating: 4.25 stars
Many years after the sign of the star, Melchior, one of the three wise men, returns to Judea to receive counsel from the King of the Jews. Unexpectedly finding him in the countryside teaching rather than ruling on the throne, Melchior searches for answers and finds healing in the process. A historical fiction that address contemporary concerns, this book is a balm for the wounded soul.
This was such a unique and entertaining book. While a work of fiction, I really felt that I was learning more about the time in which Jesus Christ lived. The political and religious setting (the character Melchior is essentially a priest in the temple of a very popular God in the Roman ruled city of Alexandria, Egypt) was very interesting and eye-opening. The author’s theories are quite intriguing, and if you will read the author notes and other information that follow the story, you will learn more about his thoughts and what is actually drawn from fact.
The story unfolds as a life history, written by Melchior himself. He unravels his story a little at a time, beginning with how he gained a position of great power in the city of Alexandria. This opening scene is very powerful, and caught my attention right away. He goes on to tell how he was drawn to Jerusalem to find the new born King of the Jews, and his meeting with two other “wise men” from other areas of the world.
But Melchior’s story does not end after finding Christ in a manger, and presenting him with the gift of Myrrh. It is so much more. I don’t want to ruin it for you, so I won’t tell any more. I will say, go grab a copy of this fabulous book!