The Fourth Wise Man

This post will be a departure from the usual fare.  I would like to share with you the review of a movie that gave me goose flesh from beginning to end.  The movie, “The Fourth Wise Man,” came out in 1985 and is available on Netflix.

First, some commentary about the wise men found on The wise men, also known as magi, were men belonging to various educated classes. Our English word magician comes from this same root. But these wise men were not magicians in the modern sense of sleight-of-hand performers. They were of noble birth, educated, wealthy, and influential. They were philosophers, the counselors of rulers, learned in all the wisdom of the ancient East. The wise men who came seeking the Christ child were not idolaters; they were upright men of integrity.”

 “The Fourth Wise Man,” a fictional story, follows the travels of Artaban, a Magi who has predicted the birth of our Messiah.  Artaban, a man of great learning, wealth, and social status, sells everything he has save for three gemstones to search for the Messiah.  Artaban misses the caravan travelled by the three wise men, traditionally known as Gaspar, Balthasar, and Melchior.

The gemstones were to be a gift to the Christ, our Messiah.

Along the way Artaban is guided by the unseen Christ.  He learns many lessons, including humility, generosity, and perseverance.  Along the way he always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.  He always seems to miss Jesus, sometimes by minutes.  But in the end he meets Jesus and discovers the reason for his arduous journey.

I can whole-heartedly recommend this movie.  It is appropriate for all ages, nothing to be embarrassed about when watching it with the kids.

As a bonus, we get a peek back in time at a young Martin Sheen and a young Alan Arkin.  On a humorous note, Alan Arkin never fails to amaze me at how he always seems to play the same character, regardless of the theme of the movie.

I hope you enjoy.  Have faith.


P.S.  Thank you for following this blog.  Back in 1995 I wrote a book.  I planned on self-publishing, but my publisher went out of business midway through the process.  Not wishing to try again, the book went fallow.  I have a brand new blog where about every week or so I will publish one chapter.  (Nothing will change my current blog; this new blog is in addition to what you read here.)  You can follow my new blog at  There will be fourteen chapters.  I truly value my readers.

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