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What was the Star of Bethlehem? December 25, 2006

Posted by Michael in Religion, Science.

We know from Matthew that it appeared twice, first attracting the magi to Jerusalem, then to Bethlehem. 

Possibly, it was a conjunction of Venus and Jupiter in 3 B.C., followed by a conjunction of Venus, Jupiter and Regulus in 2 B.C.  This would have had particular significance for Babylonian astronomers (generally considered to be the most likely candidates for the “magi” from the east).  For them, Jupiter and Venus were the king and queen planets, Regulus was the king star.  Better still, it occurred in the constellation of Leo, the tribal sign of Judah, and appeared to “pause” in the direction of Jerusalem (where the magi first went and visited Herod) as seen from Babylon.

Maybe you’ve heard this theory before, but you can now click here to view a fascinating animation from MSNBC.


1. Wickedpinto - December 25, 2006

I’ve read and heard that.

It’s possible, and in all likelihood it was widely broadcast, that is why josefus recorded so many “prophets” being killed in judea at the time.

However, it might also be true, because, at the time of maturity, someone did come through, and express himself and change the world.

I don’t worry about such minutae.

I’m without faith in this way, but I’m PACKED with conflict, religion and science.

example . . . . .

the whole gravity time space thing? Bullshit.

I think there is more likely to be a knowing and loving god, than I believe that the whole einsteinien (I refuse to use “relativistic” because relativity is real, einsteins manipulation of relativistic actions is BS) but that is my own ignorant faith.

As I said, there is a god, LONG before there is proof of einsteins BS time stuff.

2. The Lizard People - December 25, 2006

Who wants to know?

Nosy questions are not healthy.

3. Retired Geezer - December 25, 2006

I’ve heard that it wasn’t an ‘instantaineous event’, unlike the picture I had in my mind in school.
Star appears.
Shepherds run to the stable.

I think it took place over several months.

4. Michael - December 25, 2006

We get that “instantaneous event” image from Sunday School fliers and Christmas cards, not from scripture. Plus, the astronomical event that the magi observed had nothing to do with the shepherds (who saw a choir of angels). The magi showed up well after Jesus’ birth in response to some phenomena that was significant to them, and it is simply erroneous to include them in nativity scenes.

5. Shirley - December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year, Michael.

Shirley Buxton

6. daveintexas - December 25, 2006

I’ll bet it wasn’t that sweet comet of death!

That bastard is like, on a schedule or something.

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