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The Star of Bethlehem

At this time of year, the nativity of Jesus Christ and the trappings of the Christmas holiday are much on the minds of many millions of believers. Very well, such is the tradition. I certainly would not cast aspersions upon the faith and traditions of so many, and hardly so as I was raised in these traditions as well and still enjoy them with my family to this day. However, as a believer, we are encouraged by the apostle Paul to “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” 1Th 5:21 This being the case, I would draw your attention to the highly unlikely nature of the date observed today to commemorate the incarnation birth of our Lord. It is known and recognised by most all that December 25 is surely not the true date but one adopted primarily from Roman culture, having previously been the date of the winter solstice Saturnalia festival and was picked as a transition from pagan Rome to Christian Rome under Constantine, and used to help establish Christianity as the state religion of the Roman Empire. The date stuck and is with us today! However, if this is not the real date of the birth of Jesus Christ, what is the correct date? Many say that it cannot truly be know. I disagree with this. I believe there is a preponderance of evidence that can surely give us a much better estimate of the date, if not the exact date itself. To this end, I would like to recommend a book to you that I believe to give a serious, and studied approach to the subject that takes into account what people of the era of Christ’s birth would have themselves known and understood. This approach is vitally important in any legitamate historical research as it is not our modern opinions that matter, it is what the people of the time in question knew, believed and understood. When we find clues into these things, then we find ourselves much closer to the truth. The book is The Start of Bethlehem, The Legacy of the Magi – by Michael R. Molnar. Michael Molar, astronomer and numismatist, gives an intriguing account of his chance discovery of a significant Roman coin and of his own research into the ancient astrology of the era to discern what it was that led the Magi to Bethlehem to find the new King of the Jews. What was the date they saw the Star of Bethlehem? April 17, 6 B.C. What was the “star”, why that date? Read the book. It is a very good read for those with scholarly and more casual interests alike. Here is the website:
Revealing the Star of Bethlehem

Regardless of the actual date of our Saviour’s birth, I still wish you a very Merry Christmas and hope the joy and peace of the knowledge of the birth of Jesus Christ enriches you throughout the year to come!