For anyone new to this blog, welcome! For anyone who is returning, welcome back! By now everyone knows that I believe the Star of Bethlehem was the Chinese comet observed in March of 5BCE. My research is based on primary sources from 5 BCE, writings by the 2nd and 3rd century Church Fathers, and historical fact. Not astronomy, modern computer software, or Bible verses that can be interpreted seven different ways. The only verse that gives a clear exact date, and the only one I use in calculating the Nativity, is from the Talmud. It states,
R. Yehoshua, says: In Nissan the world was created, and in the same month the patriarchs were born, and in Nissan they also died; Isaac was born on the Passover; on New Year’s Day Sarah, Rachel, and Hannah were visited, Joseph was released from prison, and the bondage of our fathers in Egypt ceased. In Nissan our ancestors were redeemed from Egypt, and in the same month we shall again be redeemed.
L. Rodkinson and Isaac M. Wise, New Edition of the Babylonian Talmud (Boston: Boston New Talmud Society, 1918), 917.
Today, I’m focusing on Matthew 2 and how it relates to the Chinese comet.
Matthew 2:1-2 states (NIV), After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
Alright, this rules out a conjunction because they do not rise.
Matthew 2:3-4 states, When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born.
This is where it gets interesting. Something had to disturb all of Jerusalem. The Passover (always on a Full-Moon) in 5BCE started on March 22/23/24. It just so happens that the Passover Full-Moon was also a total lunar eclipse (thank you NASA). I mentioned in an earlier post that the Talmud tells us that solar eclipses are bad for the world, and lunar eclipses are bad for Israel. A comet showing up, followed by a total lunar eclipses on Passover would have put many Jews on edge. The Magi, from Parthia, would have increased the anxiety level. Remember Rome and Parthia were the superpowers in the region, and Herod owed his crown to the Romans.
Herod called the “teachers of the law” together. Teachers of the law were experts in the Oral Law handed down from Moses. This was later to become the Talmud when Rabbis in the 2nd century were worried it would become lost due the persecution and diaspora caused by the pagan and later Christian Roman emperors. They would have known about the verse in the Talmud that informs us the “Jewish Patriarchs” were born during the month of Passover (Nissan, the first month in the Jewish calendar) and died during Nissan. The Talmud also informs us that Isaac was born on Passover and died on Passover. Really interesting! Isaac is often compared to Jesus, who died during the Passover week. This is known as the Integral Existence theory. Ok, time to wake up people. Jesus was Jewish, loved the Temple and knew the Oral Law. His month of birth and death was foretold in the Talmud. Learn from the past.
Right now some of are saying, “there was a comet and a Passover Full-Moon total eclipse, what else. Alright, if this is not enough, the spring equinox was on March 22. This is a very important time in the Jewish religion. It was the time that God created the world (Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year was the time God first planned it). A comet, and a Passover Full-Moon total eclipse that start on the spring equinox is extremely rare with underlying religious and political significance.
For a more in depth read on the following topics read The Essence of Perfection.
1. The Integral Existence theory defined (Greek philosophical roots)
2. How a few 2nd century Church Fathers promoted it.
3. The difference between lunar (the Jewish calendar) and solar calendars (Gregorian).
4. How antisemitism and competition with pagan holidays by a few 2nd-5th century Church Fathers moved the date of Nativity from March 25 to December 25. Ending the Integral Existence.
5. How the Nativity and Resurrection fit into the Integral Existence theory
6. What was the result of Jesus’ perfect existence not only spiritually but chronologically.
7. Why all of this is important.
15 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.