Star of Bethlehem

 
 
Princeton University Press
  • erschienen am 14. März 2017
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  • 318 Seiten
 
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Two thousand years ago, according to the Bible, a star rose low in the east and stopped high above Bethlehem. Was it a miracle, a sign from God to herald the birth of Christ? Was there a star at all, or was it simply added to the Bible to fulfill the Old Testament prophecy concerning the birth of the Messiah? Or was the Star of Bethlehem an actual astronomical event? For hundreds of years, astronomers as prominent as Johannes Kepler have sought an answer to this last baffling question. In The Star of Bethlehem, Mark Kidger brings all the tools of modern science, years of historical research, and an infectious spirit of inquiry to bear on the mystery. He sifts through an astonishing variety of ideas, evidence, and information--including Babylonian sky charts, medieval paintings, data from space probes, and even calculations about the speed of a camel--to present a graceful, original, and scientifically compelling account of what it may have been that illuminated the night skies two millennia ago. Kidger begins with the stories of early Christians, comparing Matthew's tale of the Star and the three Magi who followed it to Bethlehem with lesser-known accounts excluded from the Bible. Crucially, Kidger follows the latest biblical scholarship in placing Christ's birth between 7 and 5 B.C., which leads him to reject various phenomena that other scientists have proposed as the Star. In clear, colorful prose, he then leads us through the arguments for and against the remaining astronomical candidates. Could the Star have been Venus? What about a meteor or a rare type of meteor shower? Could it have been Halley's Comet, as featured in Giotto's famous painting of the Nativity? Or, as Kidger suspects, was the Star a combination of events--a nova recorded in ancient Chinese and Korean manuscripts preceded by a series of other events, including an unusual triple conjunction of planets?

Originally published in 1999.

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978-1-4008-8754-5 (9781400887545)
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Mark Kidger
PREFACE vii
Chapter 1. Matthew's Star 3
Chapter 2. A Star over Bethlehem? 20
Chapter 3. The First Christmas 39
Chapter 4. Halley's Comet and Other Red Herrings 73
Chapter 5. Shooting Stars and Fiery Rains 110
Chapter 6. Supernova Bethlehem? 136
Chapter 7. We Three Kings 166
Chapter 8. Triple Conjunctions: A Key to Unlocking the Mystery? 198
Chapter 9. Is the Answer Written in Chinese? 219
Chapter 10. What Was the Star of Bethlehem? 247
Epilogue. Which Star Is the Star? 267
Appendix. The Heavens above Bethlehem 277
NOTES 289
BIBLIOGRAPHY 295
INDEX 301

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