The Wise Men of the West Volume I: The West


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America was ablaze with millennial anticipation in 1844. Reflecting upon Scriptural prophecy, signs in the heavens, and the gospel of the kingdom having been preached to all nations, religious leaders expected Christ’s return was imminent. Hundreds of thousands of laypeople also looked to the skies in joyous anticipation — or dread.

Clearly, their expectations were not fulfilled; were these wrong, or simply misunderstood? 
In Perth Amboy, New Jersey, devout Quaker Josiah Thompson is convinced the answers lie in the Holy Land, but is too aged to travel. So his son Zach and British scholar James Lawrence take up the quest, only to realize the question is far larger than they imagined. And what they discover will have profound implications for not only for them, but all humanity as the modern age unfolds.


”Jay Tyson’s novel Wise Men of the West is a compelling read describing a search for the return of Christ in the mid-1800’s. The novel imaginatively creates dialogue between various individuals recreating the issues and thoughts that occupied the minds during an intense period of religious expectation in the West, and the consequent Great Disappointment when Christ failed to return as expected. I was intrigued to see how this could be portrayed. Mr Tyson weaves into the discussion the much broader search for a Promised One that moved scholars and clerics in many different religions and continents including the Jewish, Muslim, and various Christian congregations. A very engaging book.”

”I read The Wise Men of the West in a single day (in spite of being a slow reader) and found it fascinating. It’s well researched and factually very accurate. It presents an intriguing look at what was taking place in religious circles not just in America but across the world in the mid-1800s. I think this is an excellent book for those who enjoy historical fiction and learning about the worldwide religious events of the 19th century. Looking forward to reading the second volume!”

”Jay Tyson’s book The Wise Men of the West is a fascinating exploration of religion. It is both a fictional mystery adventure and a historical account, especially of the 1800s of humanity’s efforts to understand the meaning and purpose of life. The author challenges us to look more deeply and with an inquisitive eye as to what might have really been happening and what is happening today. I thoroughly enjoyed The Wise Men of the West. It is well written and well researched. I highly recommend this book.”

”The author is clearly very knowledgeable of both history and geography of the Holy Land. His descriptions of the lead characters travels are very vivid and created cinema-scope images in my mind while reading. I enjoyed the historical information interjected with the plot to help me appreciate the context. Can’t wait to see what’s next for the protagonist.”

”This book was excellently researched, brilliantly written, and a page-turner. I can’t wait for the sequel!”

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Weight 14.4 oz
Dimensions 6 × 1 × 9 in


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