May 28, 2017

Review: The Star of Bethlehem: A Skeptical View by Aaron Adair

A great holiday read!

By now, the seasonal discussion will once again have reached a fevered pitch. Just what was the Star of Bethlehem? Mentioned only in the Book of Matthew in the New Testament of the Bible, this astronomical allusion has tantalized astronomers and historians for centuries. And in the modern Internet age, the controversy now comes back around every Christmas season. Is there anything to the parable from an astronomical perspective? Or is the tale simple flourish and allegory, a Jewish midrash told to flesh out the story of the birth of Jesus? [Read more...]

Review: The Star of Bethlehem by Michael R. Molnar

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It’s a biblical tale of astronomical intrigue that comes around every Christmas.

Just what was the Star of Bethlehem? Mentioned only in the Book of Matthew, many have tried over the years to link the Star that led the Magi to Bethlehem to astronomical phenomena. As Christmas draws near, planetariums will once again present their yearly shows on “The Star,” and science bloggers will dust off and recycle their posts on the subject. Heck, even we couldn’t resist doing a post on the controversy as a fledgling blogger, oh so long ago. [Read more...]