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Today, I’m back to focusing on Matthew 2:16 and what clues we can find from about the Star of Bethlehem in this verse. Matthew 2:16 states, “When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.”
So how does this fit with the time frame of the Chinese comet of March 5 BCE? We know from the Chinese archives, the only ancient primary source of anything that could have been the Star, that that comet was in the sky for 70 days (see my earlier post on why/how the Magi linked this to Jesus through Augustus). The comet may have been in the sky longer because the monsoon season in China begins in June. But, this is still shorter than the two-year time frame for boys born in Bethlehem to be slaughtered. How did we get to the two-year time frame?
Remember, that the Passover Full-Moon of March 23, 5 BCE was a total-lunar eclipse. The Passover Full-Moon of April 4, 6 BCE was a partial-lunar eclipse, and the Passover Full-Moon of April 14, 7 BCE was a penumbral eclipse. That completes a two-year span. The Magi were very aware of lunar eclipses, and believed they were a bad omen for kings (perhaps Herod). I do not know what they thought of a Passover eclipse or if they would associate it with Israel. If you believe Matthew, you know the Star led them to Jesus. All of these event happened in a two-year span from 7-5 BCE. It is possible that the Magi told Herod of the two-year span from the first eclipse to the time the comet was observed. Christians, time to wake up. The Talmud, based on the original Oral Law, is right about patriarchs being born and dying during the month of Nissan (Passover). If Christians have a problem with Jews or the Oral Law, then you’re not following Jesus. For a greater insight to this, read The Essence of Perfection. Until my next blog, 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.