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  • The Star of Bethlehem Scientifically Proven

    12/25/2015 2:41:05 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 158 replies
    YouTube ^ | 17 May 2015 | God
    Proof of when the Star of Bethlehem happened and how...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 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,...
  • 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 ^ | 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...

    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...
  • (January 14, 2011) 2,100 year-old Greek coin may have marked rare astronomical event

    01/17/2011 9:57:11 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 38 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,...
  • Researcher has theory on the 'Star of Bethlehem' -

    12/14/2003 4:14:42 PM PST · by UnklGene · 28 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 · 18 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...
  • Lost Syriac Text Gives Magi's View of the Christmas Story

    11/07/2011 7:10:10 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 33 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...
  • Wise Men from the East -- Epiphany

    01/03/2010 1:59:59 PM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies · 463+ views, ^ | 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...
  • 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)...
  • 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 ^ | 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
    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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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.