ARTABAN The Other Wiseman
The story of Artaban, The Other Wiseman, as narrated by Jesse Bennett on the CD and as printed in the Performance Book, is based on Daniel Carter’s epic musical play by the same name (yet to be released), which was inspired by Henry Van Dyke's original story, The Other Wiseman (1896).
Our narrated story presents three major and pivotal confrontations between the magus, Artaban, the principal protagonist, and Rashne, his former close friend and fellow magus, but now formidable antagonist. Each confrontation, although painful, offers Artaban rich opportunity to learn and grow as he goes about seeking the Messiah and helping others along the way.
The first 6 months and the last few weeks of Artaban's 30-year journey are highlighted in the story. And they are jam-packed with powerfully gripping situations where the magus makes difficult decisions and sacrifices, not all of which involve giving away jewels, but all of which teach him the real meaning of “seeking and finding” the Holy Anointed One.
Unlike Van Dyke’s original story, our version portrays Artaban coming to fully understand, decades before the final scenario in Jerusalem, that, all along, he has found and worshiped his King through serving others. Artaban's final statement says it all: "…I have found my King. He is in my heart and in my eyes…"