How one star like star of Bethlehem could guide men to march through a direction?!?
How a star could draw a direction?!
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
The holy bible used the vague word of “star” in its generality to describe all lighting objects in the sky else than Sun and Moon, this was due to the lack of scientific knowledge at that time.
Nowadays we can breakdown the vague “star” word into the following categories:
+ The meteoroid
A meteoroid is a small sand- to boulder- sized particle of debris in the Solar System. The visible path of a meteoroid that enters Earth's (or another body's) atmosphere is called a meteor, or commonly a "shooting star" or "falling star".
+ The comet
A comet is a Small Solar System Body that orbits the Sun and, when close enough to the Sun, exhibits a visible coma (atmosphere) or a tail — both primarily from the effects of solar radiation upon the comet's nucleus. Comet nuclei are themselves loose collections of ice, dust and small rocky particles, measuring a few kilometres or tens of kilometres across.
+ The normal star
A star is a massive, luminous ball of plasma that is held together by its own gravity.
A thoroughly studying to comet behavior suggests that Bethlehem star was in fact a comet for the following reasons:
1- The comet appears suddenly in the sky when its orbit is approaching narrower to both of earth and sun.
2- The comet first appears as a shining normal star when its distance is still far from sun.
3- After period of time and by approaching much narrower to sun, the comet tail begins to expand drawing a head-tail direction in the sky.
4- The successive change in the head-tail direction from day to day accompanied with tail elongation is a manner which could be traced and simulated by overland marching observers.
5- The comet tail elongation reaches its peak limit then it stops for period of time before turning backward to contraction.
Accordingly we can imagine the events scenario of (Mathew 2) as follows:
+ The meteor began to appear in the sky as bright star shining from the east.
+ The wise men from the east observed its sudden appearance in the sky.
+ After period of time the comet tail began to elongate forming head-tail angel guiding the wise men through their overland marching direction.
+ From successive day to day observations and marching accordingly, the wise men found themselves finally marching toward city of Jerusalem.
+ The wise men thought for a while that the king Herod might had new born heir, so they went directly to him interrogating about the newly born king of the Jews.
+ Had no idea about wise men speaking, Herod troubled and gathered with chief priests demanding them the anticipated Christ birth place.
+ After this, wise men left Jerusalem to Bethlehem as they were told by chief priests.
+ By entering to Bethlehem city, the comet tail stopped moving as its elongation reached its peak limit.
+ At that stage, the wise men started to interrogate the few Bethlehemians about the newly born child having equal birth age to the time of comet appearance, and by this way they found the newly born king of kings Jesus Christ.Source(s): http://www.geocities.com/mygoldcross
- Anonymous1 decade ago
it was most likely not a star at all, but a planet.
in specific the planet Saturn appearing in the constellation of Orion.
this is based on the idea that the wise men came from the east, thus they were most likely Zoroastrian astrologists. this alignment of stars and the planet would herald the birth (and death) of a great king, and would warrant a pilgrimage.
as for how a star can draw a direction.
ships use the stars to navigate all over the world. even today it is a default process for when the compass and GPS fails to work properly.
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- teapot agnosticLv 41 decade ago
the story is probable inaccurate it was possible a comet
BTW have you seen zeitgeist