Christmas time is here again, or what I call, “the wacko Star of Bethlehem based on Revelation/zodiacs time.” The latest is from Dr. Colin Nicholl. At a recent event in Des Moines, IA, http://www.valley-church.com/valleyuarchive he skillfully debunked some of the more outrageous theories involving constellations and zodiacs. He then made an excellent case for the Star being a comet. However, as the British say, “it went pear shape from there.” He quickly dismissed the Chinese comet of March 5 BCE, without much argument, as being in the sky for only 70 days. Dr. Nicholl may be an expert in astronomy, but he failed to note that the monsoon season in China starts in June. Have you ever tried to observe a comet during Monsoon season? Even this is a mood point. If the Magi observed the same comet, they most likely did, it would only take 30 days to travel to Jerusalem from Babylon and double that from Parthia. We know little about this comet. It may have been a traveler, only passing by earth once, or it may have an extremely long orbit.
Of course Dr. Nicholl has his own time for his phantom comet in 6 BC, and guess what? It is based on his own interpretations of Revelations, and not a valid primary source. Why does he take apart the other Revelation/zodiac based theories only to present his own? Probably because he sold 500 copies of his book only to hop on a plane and fly to the next town of unsuspecting victims. The saddest part is that he has to use his friends from academia to write glowing reviews for the invalid theory. I suspect that like Michael Molnar and Rick Larson before him, he is angling for a movie or documentary, and like them he will disappear as fast as the real 5 BC comet, at least 70 days. Why do these self-proclaimed experts even use Revelation as a source? It was written 70 years after the Star of Bethlehem. Could it be that it is open to all kinds of strange possibilities? Please seek out those who endorsed this book and ask them why are they giving it the thumbs up.
In closing, remember this about the Star; You can believe men who base their Star of Bethlehem theories on non-primary sources through their own, not God’s, interpretations of Revelation, or you can believe what is written in the Talmud. The Oral Law passed down from GOD says.
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.
Any, and I mean any, theory not involving a Passover Star, based on the Jewish calendar, goes against the Oral Law. I will stop my rant of the day, and continue to research this topic more. I guess it is time to seek out help from an astronomer or psychologist for further help. I will keep you posted. Until next time, GO WITH GOD!
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.