The “Christmas Star”

Star-of-Bethlehem-Clipart-150x120Last night, “The Nativity Story” was on TV.  I watched it with my family.  In the main, I enjoyed it, but I always feel compelled to correct those things about Hollywood productions that don’t comport with Scripture.

 For example, in this movie, the Magi arrive on the night of Jesus’ birth.  That does not fit the biblical record.   According to Matthew 2, the events involving the Magi occurred “after Jesus was born.”  This would explain why Jesus is referred to as a “child” in this passage, and why erod put to death “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.” 

In this movie, the stable in which Jesus was born is depicted as a cave with a significant hole in its roof.  As the Magi approach Bethlehem, the star which they have been following suddenly sheds beams directly through the hole to illuminate the cave.  But this is also artistic license, since Matthew makes clear that by this time, Joseph and Mary were living in a “house.”

So what really happened?  Well, apart from the details of the Biblical record, all we can do is speculate.  Some speculations are so fanciful that they must be ignored, other speculations so intriguing that they must be considered.

This morning, I read a fascinating article written by John Reuther.  Drawing from the insights of Dr. Robert C. Newman, Professor Emeritus of New Testament at Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, PA, and Ph.D in astrophysics from Cornell University, Pastor Reuther makes has some fascinating speculations concerning the star which led the Magi to Bethlehem.  It can be a bit technical, but I think you’ll enjoy the read.

gkr1996 posted at 2009-12-19 Category: Uncategorized