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The Star of Bethlehem: Paranormal Event?

By December 24, 2013

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The New Testament account of the appearance of the "star of Bethlehem" is one of the enduring symbols of the Christmas season. But its true nature has has also been the focus of controversy and debate. Was the star of Bethlehem a paranormal event - a miracle - proclaiming the birth of the Messiah? Was it a UFO? Or was it a natural, if spectacular, celestial event that happened to take place at the same time that some historians reckon that Jesus was born? Here's the Biblical account and the latest scientific theories (and some other unconventional theories) as to what the three Magi might have followed more than two thousand years ago.


December 26, 2007 at 5:50 pm
(1) Conor Whelan says:

Dalaramatis, u solve it.

January 3, 2008 at 11:08 pm
(2) james schell says:

the star of bethlehem was a spiritual event not a physical event. so there is no reason looking for a supernova or comet. when the wise men saw it they new it signified the birth of a new spiritual king. in revelation it speaks of christ holding seven stars in his hand but in the original greek it it singular. one seven pointed star.
the jews sport a six pointed star to signify they follow the sixth king. satan worshippers sport a five pointed star, and so on. this explanation exlains how the. wise men followed it. why they knew it meant a king was born, etc.

January 6, 2008 at 7:07 pm
(3) EVAN says:



December 29, 2012 at 11:17 am
(4) Passing Through says:

“Who having heard the king, went their way; and behold the star which they had seen in the East, went before them, until it came and stood over where the child was.” — Matthew 2:9

This bit about the star “standing” over where the Child was is not consistent with astronomical explanations; however, the Mesopotamian idea of “star” was not quite like ours — it included some meteorological phenomena, for instance a halo around the moon. Also, maybe the “star” indicated the position of the Christ Child in some other way. The Greeks called a certain star cluster (Praesepe) “the Manger” or “the Beehive” — could the “star” have been seen near “the Manger”, so that, combined with what they had learned at Herod’s court, they looked for an infant in Bethlehem lying in a manger?

The fact is we will never know. The details of an astrological system were, for obvious reasons, trade secrets that were probably never written down, and without knowing how the Magi interpreted things, we can never be sure just what they saw.

January 1, 2013 at 1:29 am
(5) DiamondsintheSky says:

The wise men were known as the Magi- read up what that means in a dictionary.
To bother to follow a star( or any event going on in the heavens)- you would have to know where and when it would appear and the serious significance of such, which is where astrology comes in.

It is believed they knew astrology and that from that they realized the significance of the star.

In the bible you have to different stories of the Kings arrival- one where they are on time- one where they are too late.

If they really were late- they miscalculated astronomically and astrologically this event.

I have an open mind and believe that anything is possible. Historically people have long believed that ( again in a historical sense) Jesus ( if you believe in his existence) was born at at particular time of year.

There is much to consider if you choose to evaluate the Star of Bethlehem and all that it means and stands for- but if you do, you have to also take into account history as well because the bible has many errors in it and that is understandable considering it was written by humans but deemed divinely inspired.

Written by humans and then also translated- so what might have been lost or added in translation we will not know. Some believe things were left out or added in deliberately.

Does this affect the story of Christmas?

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