Some of you have been following me for some time, and I thank you. This blog will focus on some older blogs, but with a few new very important insights. For those of you that have been following me, you may have noticed a trend in which I attack other theorist who subscribe to the conjunction theories, and at times become hostile. You would be right. The conjuntionist have no proof from ancient sources that the Magi used conjunctions in their predictions about the Star of Bethlehem and coming of Jesus.
Alright some of you are thinking where my proof is. The two celestial objects that I believe significant to what the Star of Bethlehem was are the Chinese comet and the Passover lunar eclipse of 5 BCE. First, the comet was reported by the Chinese. They had no reason to falsify this observation, because they were not Christians, in an attempt to justify the Star reported in Matthew. Unfortunately, there are examples of Christian texts that report the Dec. 25th birth of Jesus that were added to earlier sources several centuries later or were completely made up. The Passover eclipse, verified by NASA, of March 23, 5 BCE goes along with the Talmud's warning of lunar eclipses (see my blog on the Talmud and eclipses). A total lunar eclipse during a Passover Full Moon would have alarmed anyone familiar with the Talmud which mentions that lunar eclipses are bad for the nation of Israel. Remember that Herod was old, and in ever decreasing health. This eclipse was a direct warning of bad things to come to Herod. He was dead by the next Passover in 4 BCE.
In Judaism, the cycles of the Moon are the most important, and only celestial events, outside of the spring equinox, that Jews followed. Most of the major celebrations, Passover for example, begin on a Full Moon or New Moon. Other forms of astrology were not important in 1CE Judaism. Astrology became more accepted in the following centuries as zodiacs begin to show up in some of the Jewish architecture and art, but not around the time of Jesus. I believe that the other theorist ignored this, or failed in their research of it, because of their focus on conjunctions and zodiacs. I believe that the eclipse in question has valid spiritual and historical meaning. The Chinese comet, which was in the sky at the same time pointed the Magi to Jerusalem, and validated the divinity of the new king in the eyes of Rome (read my blog about Augustus and comets).
Now back to the Magi. If no proof of the Magi observing conjunctions exist, is there proof of the Magi observing lunar eclipses? Very much so. I have discovered important evidence in the last week of research. In the fifth century BCE, the Babylonian astronomer Nabu-rimanni charted out the phases of the Moon. He was Chaldean or considered a Magi. According to the Greeks, he was descended from the priest of the Moon-god. The reason he wanted to chart the phases of the Moon was to determine solar and lunar eclipses. The Babylonians, similar to the Jews, believed eclipses to be bad omens. Unlike the Jews, who made simple optical observations, they wanted to have precise tables that indicted when and where in the world the eclipses were visible. This included eclipses not observed in Babylon, but in other parts of the known world. Therefore, if the Passover eclipse was not visible due to weather, they would have known about it anyway. This becomes a major piece of evidence because the Magi may have been from Babylonian (I believe Parthia), or were influenced by Babylonian astronomy. In any case, evidence exists that the Magi also believed lunar eclipses to be signs of prophecy with the existence of Nabu-rimanni’s tables. I also suspect that they were aware of Jewish scripture. I challenge the conjunctionist to find a similar table based on conjunctions or text that mention the signs in conjunctions. Your theories are based on pure speculation and not evidence. I believe Nabu-rimanni’s tables to be of extreme importance. If anyone is an expert in Babylonian astronomy or knows of someone who is please contact me. The Babylonian table or newer versions of it could be the same tool the Magi used in reading the Passover eclipse, and then followed the comet to Bethlehem thinking a new king was about to replace Herod. This table is very precise, and could possibly be used with information from NASA to further justify this theory. I'm not an expert in this type of research or know how to do it, but will look into this more. This may be the missing evidence that links the Passover eclipse to the Magi, and therefore very important. We know that Jewish religion has Babylonian roots. This would be one more. More research to come, until then GO WITH GOD.
14 years ago I became interested in the date that Jesus was born. This led to several years of research, I quickly realized that there was no valid information that provided any real answers to this question. Since this website is getting some interest I will post from time to time some of the information I learned during this quest.