The Star of Bethlehem: A Skeptical View Paperback – 9 Sep 2013
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About the Author
Author of Secrets of the Night Sky and Discover magazine's "Sky Lights" column, Bob Berman is the director of the Overlook and Cobb-Matthieson Observatories and lives near Woodstock, New York.
Top Customer Reviews
Reading through the spectrum of possibilities makes the Bible tale more interesting.
How could you follow a star to a house in Bethlehem ?
There is a free planetarium program on the internet @ stellarium org
It is easy to download. Select the viewing location as Jerusalem, switch off the atmosphere, put to play fast forward and watch the constellations crossing the sky. Place the cursor over one point in the sky to represent a geostationary star like light. Wouldn't real Magi have said that the star appeared to cross several constellations each night? Job 9v9 mentions the constellations of Orion, Pleiades & Ursa Major, Wouldn't the author of the gospel attributed to Matthew have mentioned whether the bright light appeared to pass above or below the constellation of Orion?
If planet means wandering star then why not say there was a bright light in the sky which was brighter than any planet and also appeared to move across the constellations more rapidly than any planet. Why not say the bright light moved around in the sky unlike any other known astronomical thing. Why call the light a star if it wasn't a star ?
With Stellarium it is also possible to set the viewing location as another planet.
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