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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Star of Bethlehem?

A popular tradition of Christmas is putting the three wise me up with the rest of the manger scene. It's a very old idea, but has some misconceptions: the Bible does not specify three visitors, but names three gifts; they probably didn't arrive to see the Christ child until about two years after the events of Luke 2:1-20 had finished; "wise men", who are they in Matthew 2:1-11? I reckon there's no need to ruin traditions, they're harmless. You can read about those dudes in "We Three Kings".

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There's a sorta tradition of speculating about the star of Bethlehem. Was it a special, miraculous little star that God made for the occasion? A conjunction? Something else?
The apostle Matthew records that the birth of Jesus was accompanied by an extraordinary celestial event: a star that led the magi (the “wise men”) to Jesus. This star “went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was” (Matthew 2:9). What was this star? And how did it lead the magi to the Lord? There have been many speculations.
To read the article, saddle up your camel and bring your seeking friends to "What Was the Christmas Star?"