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  • History of the Magi: Who were the Wise Men?

    12/16/2013 3:25:09 PM PST · by NYer · 35 replies
    Bill Pietro ^ | December 16, 2013 | BILL PETRO
    HISTORY OF THE WISE MEN You’re familiar with the song that begins “We Three Kings of Orient Are…” but it is inaccurate in at least three ways. We don’t know how many there were, but we know they weren’t kings. They did not originate in the Orient, meaning the Far East.So how could they have seen the star “in the East” and arrived in Jerusalem unless they they had begun their journey somewhere in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea? It says in the Gospel of Matthew 2:2 “We saw his star in the east, and have come to worship...
  • 3 wise men, fact & lore

    12/19/2013 5:53:03 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 14 replies
    Baptistr Press ^ | Dec 18, 2013 | David Roach
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- It wouldn't be Christmas without the wise men. They show up in nativity scenes, Christmas plays, carols, tree ornaments and paintings. Everyone knows about them: There were three wise men, they rode camels and they brought their gifts to the baby Jesus as He lay in a manger. The Bible, however, doesn't tell us any of these presumed facts about the wise men, other than they brought gifts to Jesus. The rest is holiday lore that accumulated over the centuries, which too many have assumed is in the Bible. The only biblical mention of the wise men...
  • No One Goes Away From Jesus Unchanged, As Seen on TV

    12/29/2012 1:37:50 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 28, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The video below is a Coca Cola commercial from about five years ago that takes up the Christmas theme of the star of Christmas.Let us review the impact that Star of Christmas had on the wise men, the Magi. The star moved them to seek meaning outside themselves. It made them look out and up.The star called them beyond what was familiar in their own country and world and expanded their horizons toward Christ and His kingdom.The star summoned them to seek Christ, and when they found him, to worship him.The Star drew them to be generous to a poor...
  • Why December 25? The origin of Christmas had nothing to do with paganism

    12/07/2005 2:36:38 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 415 replies · 6,651+ views
    WORLD Magazine ^ | Dec 10, 2005 | Gene Edward Veith
    According to conventional wisdom, Christmas had its origin in a pagan winter solstice festival, which the church co-opted to promote the new religion. In doing so, many of the old pagan customs crept into the Christian celebration. But this view is apparently a historical mythlike the stories of a church council debating how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, or that medieval folks believed the earth is flatoften repeated, even in classrooms, but not true. William J. Tighe, a history professor at Muhlenberg College, gives a different account in his article "Calculating Christmas," published in the...
  • How December 25 Became Christmas

    12/10/2011 11:59:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    On December 25, Christians around the world will gather to celebrate Jesus birth. Joyful carols, special liturgies, brightly wrapped gifts, festive foodsthese all characterize the feast today, at least in the northern hemisphere. But just how did the Christmas festival originate? How did December 25 come to be associated with Jesus birthday? The Bible offers few clues: Celebrations of Jesus Nativity are not mentioned in the Gospels or Acts; the date is not given, not even the time of year. The biblical reference to shepherds tending their flocks at night when they hear the news of Jesus birth (Luke 2:8)...
  • Why Sukkot Is Yeshuas Real Birthday [Today!]

    09/22/2013 5:26:16 PM PDT · by Errant · 125 replies
    Sandie Zimmerman, wife of Jewish Voices Messianic Rabbi Jack Zimmerman, shares fascinating revelations about the true time period of Yeshuas (Jesus) birth in this YouTube video. You will be surprised to learn it wasnt December 25! By looking at the biblical account and the timing of the Jewish festivals, you will be astounded at the fulfillment of both prophecy and the historical elements that clearly point to Yeshua being born at the time of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles or Feast of Booths), not in December on Christmas.
  • Straight Answers: Who Were the Magi?

    01/02/2011 1:56:17 PM PST · by Salvation · 31 replies
    CatholicHerald.com ^ | 11/97 | Fr. William Saunders
    Straight Answers: Who Were the Magi? By Fr. William Saunders HERALD Columnist 1/1/97 Who were the Magi? A reader in SpringfieldThe Gospel of Matthew mentions the Magi who came from the East to worship the newborn Christ child (cf. Matthew 2:1-12). Exactly who the magi were though remains somewhat of a mystery.Oftentimes, the English translations of the Bible use the word astrologers for magi. In Greek, the original language of the Gospel' the word magos (magoi, plural) has four meanings: (1) a member of the priestly class of ancient Persia, where astrology and astronomy were prominent in...
  • THE CHRISTMAS STAR

    12/21/2004 10:26:51 PM PST · by P-Marlowe · 14 replies · 271+ views
    Lambert's Library ^ | Barry Setterfield
    THE CHRISTMAS STAR By Barry Setterfield The Christmas story with the angels, shepherds, wise men and star has gripped the imagination of many over the last 20 centuries. We are indebted to two Biblical accounts, one in Matthew, and one in Luke. They provide the basic information needed to reconstruct Mid-Eastern history and astronomical events in order to discover exactly what occurred in the night sky on that first Christmas when Messiah was born in the cave at Bethlehem amongst the cattle and horses. Luke records that it was the whim of the Roman Emperor Augustus which sent Joseph...
  • King Herod's tomb discovered, Israeli university says

    05/07/2007 3:40:03 PM PDT · by Alouette · 71 replies · 4,615+ views
    YNet ^ | May 7, 2007
    Hebrew University announces discovery of Roman king's tomb at Herodium near Jerusalem Reuters Published: 05.08.07, 00:50 / Israel News The Hebrew University of Jerusalem announced on Monday the discovery of the grave and tomb of Herod the Great, the Roman empire's "King of the Jews" In ancient Judea. The University said in a brief statement the discovery was made at Herodium, where Herod's hilltop fortress palace once stood some 7 miles from the holy city where he had rebuilt and expanded the Jewish Temple. The university said it would give further details at a news conference on Tuesday. The Gospel...
  • How December 25 Became Christmas

    12/09/2009 11:40:19 AM PST · by BGHater · 65 replies · 2,179+ views
    BAR ^ | December 2009 | Andrew McGowan
    On December 25, Christians around the world will gather to celebrate Jesus birth. Joyful carols, special liturgies, brightly wrapped gifts, festive foodsthese all characterize the feast today, at least in the northern hemisphere. But just how did the Christmas festival originate? How did December 25 come to be associated with Jesus birthday? The Bible offers few clues: Celebrations of Jesus Nativity are not mentioned in the Gospels or Acts; the date is not given, not even the time of year. The biblical reference to shepherds tending their flocks at night when they hear the news of Jesus birth (Luke 2:8)...
  • The Christmas Star

    The Christmas Star By Dr. Hugh Ross For centuries scholars and laymen alike have speculated on the nature of the star that led the wise men from the east to seek out the Messiah that had come to the Jews. The only reliable account of this event is found in Matthew 2 of the Bible. Three controversial questions arise out of a study of this text: 1. Were the wise men led by astrology? Some people have used the story of the advent of Jesus Christ, specifically the Matthew 2 portion, to suggest that astrology might be okay, at least...
  • Were the Magi who visited Jesus -- Persian?

    12/23/2003 10:55:46 PM PST · by freedom44 · 51 replies · 4,391+ views
    Christian Farsinet ^ | 12/23/03 | Christian Farsinet
    Magi (Majusian) From old Persian language, a priest of Zarathustra (Zoroaster). The Bible gives us the direction, East and the legend states that the wise men were from Persia (Iran) - Balthasar, Melchior, Caspar - thus being priests of Zarathustra religion, the mages. Obviously the pilgrimage had some religious significance for these men, otherwise they would not have taken the trouble and risk of travelling so far. But what was it? An astrological phenomenon, the Star? Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, was erected in 329 by Queen Helena in the area it was believed to be where Jesus was born....
  • Three wise men leading us astray?

    12/20/2007 1:14:02 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 27 replies · 411+ views
    Three wise men leading us astray? By Jill Rowbotham December 21, 2007 12:00pm Article from: The Australian COULD the devil be in the detail of the Christmas story? That's what the leader of the world's Anglicans, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, has implied in a BBC interview. The story of the three wise men following the star to Bethlehem is a legend - stars don't behave like that, he said - it is unlikely Jesus was born in December and you can take or leave the virgin birth. He says he believes in it but that's not a pre-condition for...
  • The Christmas Star

    For centuries scholars and laymen alike have speculated on the nature of the star that led the wise men from the east to seek out the Messiah that had come to the Jews. The only reliable account of this event is found in Matthew 2 of the Bible. Three controversial questions arise out of a study of this text...
  • DATE OF THE BIRTH OF CHRIST (The Star that Astonished the World)

    12/15/2007 6:05:34 AM PST · by NYer · 23 replies · 231+ views
    EWTN ^ | E. L. Martin
    (Summarized from E. L. Martin, "The Star that Astonished the World," ASK Publications, Box 25000, Portland Or. 1991) (1) The date of the birth of Christ hinges on just one thing, the statement of Josephus (Antiquities 17.6-8) that Herod died shortly after an eclipse of the moon. Astronomers supply the dates for such eclipses around those years: None in 7 or 6 BC. In 5 BC, March 23, 29 days to Passover. Also in 5 BC. Sept. 15,7 months to Passover. In 4 B.C. March 13, 29 days to Passover. 3 and 2 B.C. no eclipses. In 1 BC. January...
  • Did You Know About the Relics of the Three Wise Men?

    01/04/2010 10:43:57 AM PST · by GonzoII · 90 replies · 1,881+ views
    cantuar.blogspot.com ^ | Sunday, January 03, 2010 | Taylor Marshall
    When I was in college, I journeyed to Cologne, Germany and visited the city's glorious cathedral. I was a Protestant at the time, but I remember being amazed that people had been building this cathedral for so many centuries. It is one of the greatest Gothic churches of all time.
  • Early Christians Hid The Origins Of The Bethlehem Star

    12/21/2001 5:11:00 AM PST · by blam · 158 replies · 1,359+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 12-21-2001 | Marcus Chown
    Early Christians hid the origins of the Bethlehem star 13:15 21 December 01 Marcus Chown A US astronomer claims he has found the first mention of the star of Bethlehem outside the Bible. The reference is in a 4th-century manuscript written by a Roman astrologer and Christian convert called Firmicus Maternus. Photo: Bridgeman Art Library Michael Molnar, formerly of Rutgers University in New Jersey, is the originator of the idea that the star of Bethlehem was not a spectacular astronomical event such as a supernova or a comet but an obscure astrological one. The event would nevertheless have been ...
  • 2,100 year-old Greek coin may have marked rare astronomical event

    01/17/2011 9:57:11 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 36 replies
    Unreported Heritage News ^ | Friday, January 14, 2011 | Owen Jarus
    New research suggests that this coin marks an eclipse of Jupiter by the moon. It happened on January 17, 121 BC and was visible in Antioch, the capital of the Seleucid Empire. The coin itself show Zeus with a crescent moon above his head and a star like object hovering above the palm of his right hand... On one side is a portrait of Antiochos VIII, the king who minted it. On the reverse is a depiction of Zeus, either nude or half-draped, holding a sceptre in his left hand. Above the god's head is the crescent of the moon,...
  • What Was The Star?

    12/23/2004 11:21:04 AM PST · by GLDNGUN · 62 replies · 1,601+ views
    Scholars debate whether the Star of Bethlehem is a legend manufactured by the early church or a miracle which marked the advent of Christ. But if the Star was a real astronomical event, what could it have been? IT'S AN ASTRONOMICAL MYSTERY. A strange star is claimed to have appeared at the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. This site is an investigation of the story found in the Biblical Gospel of Matthew, a story often called the 'Star of Bethlehem.' It brings the words of Roman and Jewish historians alongside the visions of ancient prophets. It mixes "modern" mathematicians with...
  • Researcher has theory on the 'Star of Bethlehem' -

    12/14/2003 4:14:42 PM PST · by UnklGene · 20 replies · 289+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | December 13, 2003 | Rachel L. Toalson
    Researcher has theory on the 'Star of Bethlehem' - By Rachel L. Toalson San Antonio Express-News 12/13/2003 All she did was ask him to hang a star above the three wise men adorning their lawn that Christmas in 1998. But Marion Larson's request launched her father into a project that, after hours of research, would carry him across the world. "I was tricked into it," said Rick Larson, a former law professor at Texas A&M University in College Station. "I'm not an astronomer, I'm a lawyer. But when you tell a lawyer he has to have a star, he's got...
  • Have Astronomers Found the Star of Bethlehem?

    12/07/2011 1:31:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    The Epistle ^ | Bruce Gerig
    The modern search for the Star of Bethlehem began with Johannes Kepler (imperial astronomer for Rudolph II of Germany), who shortly before Christmas in 1603 observed a conjunction (pairing) of Jupiter with Saturn from his observatory in Prague. That this occurred in the constellation of Pisces he thought was important as well perhaps recalling Rabbi Isaac Abarvanel's belief, noted in his 15th-century commentary on Daniel, that not only does a conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn foretell important events, but in Pisces this holds a special significance for Israel; and such an event might even foretell the coming of the...
  • Wise Men from the East -- Epiphany

    01/03/2010 1:59:59 PM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies · 463+ views
    IgnatiusInsight.com, ^ | 01-03-09 | Sandra Miesel
    Wise Men from the East | Sandra Miesel | The Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord We Three Kings of Orient are,Bearing gifts we traverse afar. . . . Who were these gift-bearing kings, these Wise Men of the East? What has their mission meant to Christians across the ages? The Wise Mennot yet called kingsmake only a single appearance in Holy Scripture. St. Matthew's Gospel (Mt 2:1-12) tells of their arrival in Jerusalem shortly after the birth of Jesus. They have come seeking the newborn King of the Jews because they had seen his star rise in...
  • Lost Syriac Text Gives Magi's View of the Christmas Story

    11/07/2011 7:10:10 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    Biblical Archaeology Review ^ | Nov/Dec 2011 | unattributed
    The Bible tells us very little about the magi. Their story appears but once, in the Gospel of Matthew (2:1-12), where they are described as mysterious visitors "from the east" who come to Jerusalem looking for the child whose star they observed "at its rising." After meeting with King Herod, who feigns an intention to worship the child but actually plans to destroy him, the magi follow the same star to Bethlehem. There, upon seeing the baby Jesus and his mother Mary, the magi kneel down and worship him, presenting him with their three famous gifts -- gold, frankincense and...
  • Seeing and believing in the Star of Bethlehem

    12/29/2005 4:21:23 PM PST · by NYer · 27 replies · 1,043+ views
    Explorer ^ | December 29, 2005 | Renee Schafer Horton
    Dec. 28, 2005 - " ... during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, 'Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.'" - Matthew 2:1-2 They are requisite figures in every nativity scene: Three elegantly dressed exotic men, camels in tow, weighed down with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. They are always a few steps removed, seeming to defer to the farm animals surrounding the young mother and her newborn. Accuracy is not a hallmark...
  • The Epiphany of the Lord

    01/06/2011 2:09:41 PM PST · by JosephJames · 3 replies
    Spiritual Food ^ | January 6, 2011 | Fr. Joseph Dwight
    God created the universe, which moves like a huge precise clock. The universe was above all created for the King of the Universe, Jesus Christ, and secondarily for human beings. THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM has fascinated many for centuries. For millennia, believers, scoffers and the curious have wondered at the Biblical account of the Star. The Bible recounts unusual, or even impossible astronomical events at Christ's birth. For many doubters, the account of the Star is easily dismissed as myth. For many believers, it is a mystery accepted on faith. But what happens if we combine current historical scholarship, astronomical...
  • OU Professor Says Ancient Text Reveals Startling Information About Magi, Star of Bethlehem

    12/26/2010 4:50:11 PM PST · by marshmallow · 125 replies · 7+ views
    News Oklahoma ^ | 12/25/10 | Carla Hinton
    University of Oklahoma professor and Harvard grad Brent Landau's new book Revelation of the Magi: The Lost Tale of the Wise Men's Journey to Bethlehem reveals startling details about the Magi and star of Bethlehem.NORMAN Many Christians can recite the basics of the Christmas story, complete with the account of the three wise men from the East following a bright star to Bethlehem. It's essentially saying that the people who recognized the significance of Jesus were not just Jews but people from a totally different culture and a totally different religious system. One of the points I made in...
  • Gospel Records of Jesus' Birth -- Bible Discussion

    12/26/2007 11:50:03 AM PST · by Salvation · 16 replies · 76+ views
    http://www.catholicexchange.com/node/68371 ^ | December 26, 2007 | Mary Harwell Sayler
    Mary Harwell Sayler Other Articles by Mary Harwell SaylerPrinter Friendly Version Gospel Records of Jesus' Birth December 26, 2007 Question: How did the Gospel writers get records of Jesus' birth? I understand how the Gospels record writings of things Christ did or things he taught the disciples and all his followers. I know how these are first hand accounts or taken from those who had first hand accounts. My question is, there are many events in Scripture where no one was present to witness the event, such as the Annunciation but especially the Magnificat, the Visitation, what Elizabeth...
  • Is December 25th Special?

    12/20/2001 2:53:57 PM PST · by marbren · 74 replies · 1,546+ views
    marbren
    December 25th has traditionally been celebrated as Jesus birthday. When you start to examine this closer you find that a September date makes more sense for the actual birthday. December 25th may be special however. I am looking for answers to a few questions. Is December 25th related to Kislev 25 ( the first day of Hanukkah in the Jewish Calendar)?. There might be some neat analogies to the candle lighting and Jesus being the light of the world. Was Hanukkah celebrated around 10 BC ? If we project back our current calendar to the time of Christs birth do ...
  • 'Jesus was born in June', astronomers claim

    12/09/2008 11:28:16 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 102 replies · 2,253+ views
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | December 9, 2008
    Astronomers have calculated that Christmas should be in June, by charting the appearance of the 'Christmas star' which the Bible says led the three Wise Men to Jesus. They found that a bright star which appeared over Bethlehem 2,000 years ago pinpointed the date of Christ's birth as June 17 rather than December 25. The researchers claim the 'Christmas star' was most likely a magnificent conjunction of the planets Venus and Jupiter, which were so close together they would have shone unusually brightly as a single "beacon of light" which appeared suddenly. If the team is correct, it would mean...
  • The Magi and the Star -- Epiphany Explored

    01/06/2010 9:47:58 AM PST · by Salvation · 23 replies · 752+ views
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | January 4, 2010 | Michael J. Miller
    The Magi and the Star January 4th, 2010 by Michael J. Miller During a 2007 BBC radio interview, the archbishop of Canterbury deconstructed elements of the Nativity story. "Stars simply dont behave like that," Rowan Williams said. Asked about the existence of three wise men, he replied, "It works quite well as legend."But years ago Father Walter Brandmller, president of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, published an essay applying the historical-critical method to the question of the Nativity story. (The essay is reprinted without cumbersome footnotes in Light and Shadows:Church History Amid Faith, Fact, and Legend [Ignatius].) He found...
  • Revealing the Star of Bethlehem

    12/21/2010 1:32:02 PM PST · by ZULU · 23 replies · 2+ views
    Michael R. Molnar ^ | 1997-2010 | Michael R. Molnar
    Could the purchase of an ancient coin have led to an important clue about the Star of Bethlehem? The above illustration is a Roman coin from Antioch, Syria which shows the zodiacal sign, Aries the Ram. In trying to understand the meaning behind this coin, I found that Aries was the sign of the Jews. Realizing that this is where ancient stargazers would have watched for the Star of Bethlehem, I embarked on searching for the celestial event that signified the birth of the Messiah in Judea.
  • The Magi and the Star

    12/21/2009 3:31:25 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies · 915+ views
    Catholic World Report ^ | December 21, 2009 | Michael J. Miller
    AnalysisMany balk at this element of the Nativity story, but historical and astronomical evidence tends to corroborate it. By Michael J. MillerDuring a 2007 BBC radio interview, the archbishop of Canterbury deconstructed elements of the Nativity story. Stars simply dont behave like that, Rowan Williams said. Asked about the existence of three wise men, he replied, It works quite well as legend.But years ago Father Walter Brandmller, president of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, published an essay applying the historical-critical method to the question of the Nativity story. (The essay is reprinted without cumbersome footnotes in Light and Shadows:Church...
  • An Astronomer's Explanation For The Star Of Bethlehem

    12/25/2008 9:15:43 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 42 replies · 2,376+ views
    Scientific Blogging ^ | December 25th 2008
    According to the Bible, when Jesus was born three Magi saw a star in the East that signaled the birth of a new king. But just what was it, from an astronomical point or view, that the Magi actually saw? Fred Grosse, a professor of physics and astronomy at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa., says there are several popular theories that may answer this question.
  • Star of Bethlehem

    12/24/2007 7:41:21 PM PST · by ZULU · 13 replies · 118+ views
    Michael R. Molnar ^ | 1997 | Michael R. Molnar
    Could the purchase of an ancient coin have led to an important clue about the Star of Bethlehem? The above illustration is a Roman coin from Antioch, Syria which shows the zodiacal sign, Aries the Ram. In trying to understand the meaning behind this coin, I found that Aries was the sign of the Jews. Realizing that this is where ancient stargazers would have watched for the Star of Bethlehem, I embarked on searching for the celestial event that signified the birth of the Messiah in Judea. Superposed on the photograph of the coin is what I found: Jupiter underwent...
  • Comet Brightens Mysteriously By A Factor Of A Million

    10/25/2007 2:39:29 PM PDT · by blam · 97 replies · 197+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 10-25-2007 | Maggie McKee
    Comet brightens mysteriously by a factor of a million 22:04 25 October 2007 NewScientist.com news service Maggie McKee A comet usually too faint to be seen with the naked eye has brightened by a factor of a million since Tuesday, suggesting its surface may have cracked open and expelled clouds of dust and gas. Astronomers are scrambling to observe the strange object, which is likely to fade in the coming days and weeks. Comet 17P/Holmes, which orbits the Sun every seven years on a path that takes it from the distance of Jupiter's orbit to about twice that of Earth's,...
  • Texas A & M Professor Claims Proof Of Star Of Bethlehem

    12/20/2007 3:32:58 PM PST · by shield · 135 replies · 1,554+ views
    Ft. Worth Local 11 News ^ | November 22nd, 2007 | Maria Arita
    FORT WORTH (CBS 11 News) ― The Star of Bethlehem has befuddled scholars throughout the ages. Now, a Texas law professor claims to have scientific proof that the Star was real, and not purely biblical myth. He has another major discovery as well, which resulted from his study of the Star. Texas A&M adjunct law professor Frederick Larson began researching the Star after putting up a nativity scene for his daughter. The lawyer in him, Larson said, required him to investigate what it was that he was putting up in his front yard. Beginning with the book of Matthew, he...
  • Professor Says Historys Best Known and Most Debated Star Proven

    10/16/2007 8:14:43 PM PDT · by AngieGal · 26 replies · 91+ views
    ASSIST News Service ^ | Tuesday, October 16, 2007 | Jeremy Reynalds
    For centuries, historians, scientists and scholars have debated the existence of the Star of Bethlehem in the Biblical telling of Christs birth. Now Texas lawyer and professor Rick Larson says he has proven the existence of this celebrated, yet debated, star. He sets forth his case in a documentary, The Star of Bethlehem. Historically, people have taken two positions on the Star, said Larson in a news release. Either they believe the Star is true or they think it was made up by the early Church. I took a different approach in my research and treated the Star as a...
  • The Star of Bethlehem [Bristol Astronomical Society]

    12/19/2006 9:31:25 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 7 replies · 442+ views
    The Star of Bethlehem Meeting chaired by Richard Phillips Rod Jenkins Bristol Astronomical Society 7 January 2005 This talk was originally scheduled for 3 December 2004 - just before the speakers paper was published in the Journal of the British Astronomical Association vol. 114 No. 6. A full account with references appears in that publication on pp. 336-341. According to Giotto, the Star of Bethlehem is shown in his painting The Adoration of the Magi as a comet - presumably Halleys as it appeared during his lifetime. For this reason the space probe sent to study Halleys comet in 1986...
  • Ready for "Little Christmas"?

    12/25/2005 6:25:25 PM PST · by Catherine A · 19 replies · 1,646+ views
    I am worn out from Christmas already, but am still looking forward to the "Little Christmas" in 11 days. While looking for a recipe for King's Cake, I came across a website that has a huge section on the customs of the liturgical year -- and the pages on Twelfthnight and the Feast of the Epiphany are too beautiful to not post here. On the Twelfthnight page, the information on the Magi and the Star of Bethlehem is especially interesting (who knew about the Orion symbolism?!). A quote (from the Twelfthnight page) by St. Ephraem on the Star of Bethlehem:...
  • Archaeologists Identify Remains of Site Where Bible Says Jesus Restored Blind Man's Sight

    12/23/2004 11:51:22 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 33 replies · 995+ views
    Archaeologists Identify Remains of Site Where Bible Says Jesus Restored Blind Man's Sight By Ramit Plushnick-Masti Associated Press Writer JERUSALEM (AP) - Archaeologists in Jerusalem have identified the remains of the Siloam Pool, where the Bible says Jesus miraculously cured a man's blindness, researchers said Thursday - underlining a stirring link between the works of Jesus and ancient Jewish rituals. The archaeologists are slowly digging out the pool, where water still runs, tucked away in what is now the Arab neighborhood of Silwan. It was used by Jews for ritual immersions for about 120 years until the year 70, when...
  • Should Christians be celebrating Christmas at all?

    12/06/2004 4:59:08 PM PST · by Perdogg · 33 replies · 532+ views
    12/06/04 | Perdogg
    I am a Christian, I belive in Christ. However, why do Christians knowing that Christ was born in the summer time (northern Hemisphere, celebrate Christmas in Decemeber? I know that December 25th was a holiday during the Roman Empire. It would make sense if some astronomer could calculate when Christ was born. Also, I am sure other religions have records on when the astological event took place when Christ was Born. I think that God intended Christmas to be treated somewhat differently than Easter. For some reason it seems in the telling of the birth of Christ, there is a...
  • FOLLOWING THE WISE MEN

    12/24/2003 7:16:30 AM PST · by presidio9 · 3 replies · 196+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 23, 2003 | JOHN J. MILLER
    <p>FOR a few minutes on Christmas, children may set down their new toys from the man in the red suit and listen to transmissions from a machine on the red planet. On Thursday, the European Space Agency is scheduled to guide a British probe called the Beagle II onto the surface of Mars in what should become the first successful landing there since NASA's Mars Pathfinder in 1997. But while Mars grabs all the extraterrestrial attention this holiday ("The Beagle has landed!"), normally Christmas is the season of Jupiter, because there's a very good chance that the biggest planet in our solar system was the Star of Bethlehem.</p>