The star was actually a gift from God. Dialogues, cvi). If they came from Arabia, as this Christian father declares, they came not from the East, but from the South.
It was very special bright star sent by God.
The star appears only in Matthew's Gospel and seems to have been entirely unknown to the author of Luke's Gospel. Moreover, there was no record made, by any of the many astrologers and other observers of the heavens, of any star or other heavenly object that suddenly appeared at this time and appeared to hover over Bethlehem - in fact a particular house in Bethlehem. Most New Testament commentators assume that Matthew's star was not a historical fact.
T.S.Elliot is the author of the poem The Journey Of The Magi. When Baby Christ was born in Bethlehem, a new star rose in the sky. Star- Studying had then well-developed in the East. The Magician Priests there instantly knew that a Holy Birth has been caused in the West. Finding their way guided by this new star, three Magician Priests journeyed to Bethlehem with eastern gifts for this newborn babe. Magi means Magician Priests or Scholars.
The Gospels of Matthew and Luke each has a visitor to the baby Jesus in order to worship him.Matthew has the magi ('wise men') follow a star to worship Jesus and bring him gifts.In keeping with its theme of poverty, Luke has poor shepherds visit Jesus to worship him. The shepherds knew nothing of the star that Matthew has the magi follow, but were instead told of Jesus' birth by angels.
AnswerAccording to Matthew's Gospel, the star guided the magi to Jerusalem and did not lead them to Bethlehem until Herod's advisors said that the child must be in Bethlehem. Once they had received this advice, the star then led them to the exact house in which Jesus lay. The detour to Jerusalem could be a literary device to explain the flight of Mary, Joseph and Jesus to Egypt and their subsequent move to Nazareth in Galilee. John Shelby Spong (A Bishop Rethinks the Birth of Jesus) says that among people he knows in New Testament circles, the universal assumption is that the magi, or wise men, were not actual people. They therefore did not really follow any star. Other scholars point out that a star or comet, considered throughout the Roman Empire to be a portent of things to come, really did appear in 66 CE. Since Matthew's Gospel is considered to have been written only about twenty years after the star of 66 CE, they say that Matthew's story was probably inspired by that star.
Alone among the gospels, Matthew says that magi followed a star from the east, to Jerusalem and then to Bethlehem, where the star identified the exact house in which the baby Jesus lay.John Shelby Spong (Born of a Woman: A Bishop Rethinks the Birth of Jesus) says that among people he knows in New Testament circles, the universal assumption is that the magi were not actual people. Matthew was clearly writing Christian midrash.Furthermore, the scribes who recorded every strange celestial event in Palestine and elsewhere throughout the Roman Empire and the Persian Empire never mentioned any strange star during the reign of King Herod. There was no star that could have guided the magi to the home of Jesus.However, there is a sound explanation for the Star of Jesus. Matthew's Gospel is believed to have been written during the 80s of the first century. A star did appear shortly beforehand, in the 60s, and caused widespread religious speculation at the time. The author of Matthew was almost certainly inspired by that star.
The north star. COMMENT: The star that guided the wise men to Jesus was a special star. It appeared in the East and moved toward Israel. The wise men followed it to Jerusalem and after being told by Herod the Great that the new born King was to be born in Bethlehem the wise men left and "Behold" the star moved over the place where Jesus was Born. (Bethlehem). Regular stars do not do this. This star was HIS star.
Mathews gospel says Astrologers from the East are guided by a star to Jesus. Actually it's interesting reading because the star features on most peoples Christmas tree.If you read the account closely you wil see that the star first guided the astrologers to Herod who wanted to find Jesus and kill him.Then the star guides them to Jesus.After visting Jesus God intervenes and warns them not to return to Herod.
AnswerAccording to the Gospel of Matthew, the magi came following a star from the east, so that they could worship Jesus in the house where he was born. The author of Luke's Gospel knew nothing of this particular event, and the star was not recorded by any of the scribes who recorded all other interesting celestial events of the time. Historians have noted that there was no new star or unusual celestian event that appeared in the sky around the time that Jesus would have been born. Scholars also note that any star or other heavenly body could not behave the way that Matthewdescribes this star as behaving - guiding the wise men to Jerusalem, then to Bethlehem and the very house in which Jesus was to be found. John Shelby Spong (Born of a Woman: A Bishop Rethinks the Birth of Jesus) says that Matthew was clearly writing Christian midrash.
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