The Star Of Bethlehem Essay

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It is commonly thought the star of Bethlehem rose in the east and continued brightly as the wise men followed the star to Bethlehem. Recent evidence has shown this is not the case. Key evidence shown in the Bible reveals nine specific characteristics this ‘star’ needs for it to be the true star of Bethlehem. Beyond these, there are questions about the star and those who witnessed the event that need to be answered. These questions include: Who were the wise men? How did they know what the star meant? And how can a star stop?
The first three of the nine points state what the star meant to the wise men. When the wise men asked in Matthew 2:2 “Where is the one who has been born King of the Jews?” This question implies the star indicated three things: Jews, kingship, and birth. Following this question, the wise men informed King Herod, “We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.” Therefore the fourth point is that the star must rise in the east. After Herod heard of the news of the star, he called the wise men to him to find out the exact time in which the star had appeared. The fifth and sixth points are that the star appeared at an exact time and that Herod didn’t know the star had appeared. Because he didn’t know, this means the appearance of this was a regular occurrence. The wise men followed the star, which brings up point seven, the star endured over time. The wise men followed the star to Bethlehem from Jerusalem. This creates point eight: The star traveled ahead of them. The last point is one of intrigue. The wise men followed the star until it stopped over Bethlehem. Point nine: The star had to be able to stop. Can stars stop?
When did the star occur? What was the star? Knowing these will help find the star. In the 1602 an astronomer named Kepler discovered the math to determine the exact positions of the stars in the sky on a specific date. Today this math is used in computer programs to look at the sky back in time or in the future. This can also be used to help in finding the star of Bethlehem. But in order to look for the star a specific date is needed. There are clues within ancient documents and the bible leading toward the date. In the bible Herod is alive at the time of the birth of Jesus. The most current documents place Herod’s death around 4 B.C. But, in the earliest of writings by...

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