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  The Star of Bethlehem
Regulus, the chief star in Leo, lay practically in the path of the Sun, and was therefore afforded the additional epithet of “Royal Star”.
The stars and planets were there for all to see; but it took the training of the Magi to understand the significance of their positions.
Bethlehem was about 6 miles south of Jerusalem; once the Magi obtained this information, they were on their way, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, the traditional gifts for newborn royalty.
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  Star of Bethlehem - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Star of Bethlehem was a star or star-like object that, in the account of Jesus' birth given in the Greek Gospel of Matthew, heralded his arrival and guided the Magi (better known in Christian mythology as the Three Wise Men) to the house where Jesus and his mother were.
The messianic "Star Prophecy" that this star appeared to fulfill was of importance to all the contemporary Jewish resistance groups of the period, including those who produced the documents at Qumran (the "Dead Sea scrolls") and the zealots who triggered the war against Rome, not to mention the early Christians.
The Star of Bethlehem is described in the second chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament of the Bible.
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 Star of Bethlehem - Legacy of the Magi
Star of Bethlehem - Legacy of the Magi
The Star of Bethlehem: The Legacy of the Magi
Was the Star the lunar eclipse (occultation) of Jupiter?
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 What was the Star of Bethlehem? - ChristianAnswers.Net
And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
Some scholars think this "star" was a comet, an object traditionally connected with important events in history, such as the birth of kings.
All three explanations for the Star of Bethlehem fall short of the nativity story as predicted in Numbers 24:17 and recorded in Matthew 2:1-12.
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 The UnMuseum - Bethlehem's Star
The star could be nearly invisible to the naked eye and within a few days become a bright star in the night sky that may last from several months to over a year.
Was the star of Bethlehem a nova or supernova?
Kidger argues that although this star was not particularly bright, when combined with the earlier sightings of conjunctions, massing and parings in the constellation Pisces (identified with the Jews) it would have been enough to send the wise men on their journey.
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 Star of Bethlehem Magi Astronomy astrology pi, Christmas star,great pyramid
A modern astrological interpretation of Matthew's account of the star, based on the Magi's role as astrologers, "decodes" The Star of Bethlehem as a star configuration that was visible only to the highly advanced Persian Magi.
The Star's relationship to Egypt and mystical Pi The evolution of the Star (The "Census")
Christmas star, star of the magi, By far more than just a twinkling, it was entire solar system which announced birth Jesus Christ lineage King David, change astrological age from Aries to Pisces.
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 Star of Bethlehem Magi Astronomy astrology pi archaeology wisemen
And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was." Contrary to some popularizations, Matthew's account indicates that the Magi knew from the star that the new king had already been born even before they first arrived in Jerusalem.
A modern astrological interpretation of Matthew's account of the star, based on the Magi role as astrologers, claims to decode the Star of Bethlehem as a star configuration that was visible only to astrologers because the "star" was revealed in an astrological chart.
The "Star prophecy" ("There shall come forth a star out of Jacob, And a sceptre shall rise out of Israel," Numbers 24:17) was the most treasured omen of a hopeful future for all Jews, up until the destruction of the Second Temple in AD 70.
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 The Star of Bethlehem - Probe Ministries   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
If the star of Bethlehem were a comet, we would most likely have observed it again and been able to extrapolate back to the time of Christ to see if there is a match.
In this discussion, I have considered a nova, a comet, and a triple conjunction of the planets Jupiter and Saturn as the Star of Bethlehem between 7 and 4 B.C., and none have seemed to be satisfactory.
Just in case you are ready to proclaim the mystery of the Star of Bethlehem solved, remember that this whole scenario rests on Herod dying in 1 B.C. rather than in 4 B.C. The majority of historians and biblical historians can't accept this critical revision.
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 DISF - Interdisciplinary Encyclopaedia of Religion and Science | Bethlehem, Star of
The interpretations of this text spring from the identification of the star with King David (this is the origin of the Israeli symbol known as “David’s star”) to the anticipation of the Star of Bethlehem.
This is possible because the planetary orbits, projected on the celestial sphere of the fixed stars, seem to draw rings, precisely a direct motion and later a retrograde one, caused by the differences in the relative motions of the earth and the planet, that have different speeds of revolution around the sun.
Rosenberg, The star of the Messiah reconsidered, “Biblica” 53 (1972), pp.
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 Star of Bethlehem - Legacy of the Magi
Star of Bethlehem - Legacy of the Magi
The Star of Bethlehem: The Legacy of the Magi
Was the Star the lunar eclipse (occultation) of Jupiter?
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 Star of Bethlehem
The stars of Bootes, Virgo, Serpens Caput represent Joseph, Mary and Herod.
The answer is that all stars come from the east, but the star of Bethlehem is to the east of Orion.
When they had heard the king they went their way; and lo, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came to rest over the place where the child was.
www.usbible.com /Astrology/star_of_bethlehem.htm   (2265 words)

  
 Star of Bethlehem   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
The Star of Bethlehem is a common topic of questions asked to astronomers, especially around Christmas time because it is a special astronomical phenomenon that occurred around the time of the birth of Jesus the Christ.
The new star could have been a comet, something we now know to be much different than a nova, but long ago comets, like novae, were regarded as heralding important events (though comets usually portended something bad!).
Compare this with Michael Molnar's theory of the Star being the retrograde motion of Jupiter in the Aries constellation and a conjunction with the Moon in 6 B.C.E. The planetary-conjunction(s) and stationary-Jupiter theories are probably closer to the truth than the nova or comet theories.
www.astronomynotes.com /history/bethlehem.star.html   (2518 words)

  
 botanical.com - A Modern Herbal | Star of Bethlehem - Herb Profile and Information
The Star of Bethlehem is a bulbous plant nearly allied to the Onion and Garlic.
The leaves are long and narrow and darkgreen; the flowers, in bloom during April and May, are a brilliant white internally, but with the petals striped with green outside.
He says: 'There be sundry sorts of wild field Onions, called "Starres of Bethlehem," differing in stature, taste and smell, as shall be declared,' and calls them 'the Star of Hungary,' 'the Lesser Spanish Star,' 'the Star of Bethlehem,' 'the great Arabische star floure,' etc.
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 Chapter 1: The Star of Bethlehem in History
He said it was a brilliant “double star” which finally gave the appearance of merging into a single “star” as the planets drew nearer the western horizon.
Regulus is the chief star in the constellation of Leo, the Lion, and because it lay practically on the path of the Sun, it was reckoned as a “Royal Star.” Jupiter and Regulus came into juxtaposition on September 14, 3 B.C.E. and as viewed from earth they were only.33 degrees from each other.
When Roger Sinnott over twenty years ago (concentrating on the astronomical events of this period) suggested that the “Star of Bethlehem” could be found with the planetary union of Jupiter and Venus in 2 B.C.E., the door was opened that made it possible to identify that biblical star in an astronomical and historical sense.
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 Skeptical Inquirer: The Star of Bethlehem
He suggested in a 1606 tract that the Star was actually a conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn that occurred in 7 B.C. in the constellation of Pisces the Fish.
As astronomer Roy K. Marshall points out in his booklet The Star of Bethlehem (published in 1949 by the Morehead Planetarium, at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), Jupiter and Saturn, throughout the period of their proximity, were never closer together than two diameters of the Moon as it appears in the sky.
This candidate for the Star is defended by James De Young and James Hilton in "Star of Bethlehem" (Sky and Telescope, April 1973), and again by Roger Sinnott in "Computing the Star of Bethlehem" (Sky and Telescope, December 1986).
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m2843/is_6_23/ai_57533280   (1329 words)

  
 Star of Bethlehem: A Statistical Solution to the Star of Bethlehem Problem by David A. Pardo
Bethlehem was a much smaller than average "city" or municipality in population.
At a growth rate of 1%, the population of Bethlehem in 7 BC would be 3741 with a Poisson probability of 63.47% for no child and 28.86% for one child, while the geometric distribution yields 54.54% and 24.79% respectively.
in the equation for the population of Bethlehem
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 Star of Bethlehem
In 1605 astronomers Johann Kepler suggested that a conjunction of Saturn, Jupiter and Mars was the Star of Bethlehem.
Stars Altair ("The Wounding") and Vega ("He Shall be Exalted") are nearby.
Thus, the star was not "standing" over the manger at the time of Jesus' birth (even though it was already in its divinely-appointed historic progression), but instead, at the appropriate time "stood" over Bethlehem at the time the Magi arrived to visit in the house.
www.creationevidence.org /research_papers/star_beth/starbeth1.html   (1162 words)

  
 The Star of of Bethlehem
A triple conjunction (three close passes in a row) of Saturn and Jupiter in the constellation of Pisces in 7 B.C. is one astronomically sound explanation for the Star of Bethlehem.
Here is a short list of nominations: It may simply have been a bright star, a supernova (an old star which, in a gravitational death spasm, blazes forth for a few months before gasping its last breath of nuclear energy), or a recurrent supernova (the same, except that several hundred years generally intervene between spasms).
An oft-missing element in comprehending the story of the Star of Bethlehem is the vital role that astrology played in ancient beliefs about the natural world.
www.archaeology.org /9811/abstracts/star.html   (555 words)

  
 STAR OF BETHLEHEM--HEALING LIFE'S SCARS
Scarring is always present, and Star of Bethlehem is a potent treatment for scarring at all levels.
Since Star of Bethlehem works equally well with current or past shocks, the potential for it to be valuable even in decades-old injuries is implied.
The drawing of Star of Bethlehem is by Leonardo da Vinci.
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 SPACE.com -- Spacewatch Friday - Star of Bethlehem: Going Back in Time to Examine Its Origins
Although a nova or supernova is the most satisfying explanation for the Star, there is a serious problem with it, in that there doesnt seem to be any definitive record of a bright nova appearing in the sky during the time that biblical historians believe the Magi made their journey.
Perhaps the signal for their star was to be a sign in the constellation of Leo, the Lion.
Indeed, a star of stars appearing just once in the history of man? Reaching a conclusion on this subject is not easy, for any natural theory for the Star of Bethlehem can only be at best, just an educated guess.
www.space.com /spacewatch/star_bethlehem_021220.html   (2392 words)

  
 Star of Bethlehem   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
Every Christmas planetariums across the country present a "Star of Bethlehem" show which breaks attendance records and balances their budget for the year.
The wise men and the Star of Christ - account of Magi and the star of Bethlehem.
Humphreys, Colin J. "The Star of Bethlehem—a Comet in 5 BC—and the Date of the Birth of Christ." Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society 32, 389-407 (1991).
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 The Star of Bethlehem
After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.
Thus the ‘star of Bethlehem’ seen by the wise men was most likely a mundane star which rose at a significant time, or a planet (planets were considered stars by the ancients) that appeared in what was for them a significant constellation at a significant time.
Since the ancients were prone to panic at the appearance of unusual celestial phenomena, we should expect Herod, confronted by a strange star and the simultaneous fortuitous appearance of eastern astrologers, to inquire as to the meaning of the star hanging ominously above his head.
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 What was the Star of Bethlehem?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
The Star of Bethlehem has left its mark on the gospels as well as a constellation of holiday songs.
However, if we suppose that the “star” actually referred to the planets, the situation is less problematic.
And the mere existence of interesting celestial events does nothing to prove that the birth of Jesus was accompanies by a star, that the Magi existed, or even that the Nativity took place as described in the Bible.
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 Star of Bethlehem,see what the Magi saw, Gospel of Q,astrology,astroarchaeology
The star was discovered in a seven step process that took 7 years and, it seems, was the primary and initial reason (discovering the star after adjusting for calendar errors) for my nomination for a Templeton Prize in Religion.
Virtually all previous Star of Bethlehem theories refer to routine planetary conjunctions and/or astronomical configurations that occur regularly and, at best, are highly speculative fiction and contain weak scholarship that either ignores history or discounts Matthew's account.
One other possible interpretation of "The Star", the seeming intentional errors of the Gregorian Calendar and the contemporary condemnation of the ancient science/religion of astrology (the science of the Magi) is that The Star of Bethlehem was, perhaps, intentionally hidden to mask some of the deeper origins of Christianity.
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