The Bible contains but a few verses about the years the Holy Family spent in Egypt–their flight from Herod’s death sentence, the weary journey, and their return to Israel after Herod died. But what exactly happened to Jesus and His parents in this ancient land of magic and myth? How did the sojourn in Egypt change Jesus’s life and influence His teachings? In search of answers, bestselling author Paul Perry set out to follow the Holy Family’s mysterious journey himself. In this fascinating book, Perry tells the story of his own amazing trek into Egypt–and the deeper story of the miracles and marvels he uncovered along the way.
Part travel adventure, part spiritual journey, part historical detective story, Jesus in Egypt recounts a modern-day pilgrimage into an ancient and often baffling land. In the basements of Coptic churches and the teeming back streets of Cairo, in shrines thronged by worshipers and desert wastes haunted by saints, Perry turned up shards of the past, tales passed down through countless generations, and ghostly emanations of antiquity.
Combining ancient texts, interviews with clerics and Christian scholars, and his own startling encounters with contemporary Egypt, Perry has fashioned a book of wonders and revelations.
A former fellow at the prestigious Gannett Center for Media Studies at Columbia University in New York City, Paul Perry has written or co-written more than ten books on the subject of near-death experiences, four of which have become New York Times bestsellers. He taught magazine writing at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, and was Executive Editor at American Health magazine, a winner of the National Magazine Awards for General Excellence. Paul is also a documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared on worldwide television, including Jesus in Egypt, Visions and Miracles: Out of the Land of Egypt, Afterlife, Dali's Greatest Secret, and Mummies of Lisbon all available on Amazon. His books have been published in more than thirty languages around the world.