Happy Christmas and New Year – better late then never!
“We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” Matthew 2:2 (NIV)
I’ve posted on the star of Bethlehem before (see here), but I’ve just come across some interesting thoughts by Greg Boyd that I’d like to share. In my previous post I laid out three possible astronomical explanations for the ‘star’ of Bethlehem (1. a conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, 2. a comet, 3. a supernova); at the time I concluded that none of them really fit the biblical account which says “… the star … stopped over the place where the child was.” (Matthew 2:9). However, Greg Boyd explains that this is just a turn of phrase, like we might say “oh look at the moon over the mountains” – obviously the moon isn’t really stopped over those particular mountains! He then goes on to summarise Molnar’s hypothesis (option 1 above) as being interesting and worthy of consideration. Check out the short video: