In the latest edition of The Essence of Perfection, I point out that 3 consecutive Passover lunar eclipses occurred before the birth of Jesus. The lunar eclipses are based on information provided to NASA from Fred Espenak. Go to the following link for Moon phases throughout history- http://astropixels.com/ephemeris/phasescat/phasescat.html)
The first, a penumbral lunar eclipse occurred during the Passover of April 14, 7 BCE, only two years before the March 23, Passover total eclipse. This was view-able in eastern Asia, but not Israel or Persia. A penumbral lunar eclipse is when the Moon traverses the Earth’s penumbral shadow, but misses the Earth’s umbral shadow. The result is the Moon appears darker. This was the weakest, although first, of the 3 consecutive Passover eclipses. The Magi, who keep excellent records on lunar eclipses (see my book for more) were most likely aware of this, but it was not visible in Israel. Most likely the Jews took little notice.
The next, a partial lunar eclipse, viable in Israel and Persia, occurred during the April 4, 6 BCE Passover. The Magi would have known of this, and the Jews would have viewed it if the weather was good. Was this a prelude to the March 23, 5 BCE total eclipse?
A total lunar eclipse occurred during the March 23 Passover of 5 BCE. The Talmud states that lunar eclipses are not a good omen for Israel. This would most likely have interested the Magi and worried some Jews as something not good for Israel. We know that in 70 AD, 40 years after the Passover Resurrection, the Romans destroyed the Temple and the Jewish nation ceased to be.
Did the Magi use these signs and the March 5, BCE Chinese comet as signs to visit Jesus? Was this a sign from God of the coming of Jesus? I like to think that Jesus was not only perfect in life, but was also perfect in time. I will leave it up to you to decide (read the book for more). 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.