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The E-Sylum:  Volume 2, Number 38, September 19, 1999, Article 5

STAR OF BETHLEHEM COMMENTS  

   Regarding Mike Molnar's book on a numismatic connection 
   to the mystery of the Star of Bethlehem, Granvyl G. Hulse, 
   Jr., writes:  "Scientists may not have had success, but 
   any high school with a first rate planetarium can reproduce 
   it. Ask one to program the conjunction of three planets 
   (I think that they were Mars, Venus, and Saturn, but I can't 
   remember) lined up one behind the other over Bethlehem. 
   This occurs every 700 years if I recall. Programs nicely to 
   3 or 4 BC, to the day and month.  Explains why the "Star" 
   lasted very briefly. They did it for my son and I at the 
   high school in Herndon, Virginia, back before we went off to 
   Ethiopia in 1973."  

   Mike Molnar notes: "As an astronomer I also thought that 
   this planetary conjunction was the answer until I saw the 
   coins of Antioch. They showed me that my colleagues were 
   not only looking in the wrong part of the sky, but that 
   they also did not know what signified a king's birth during 
   ancient times. Those splendid planetarium programs show 
   conjunctions, not omens.  And I had to do a lot of research 
   to understand the difference. I thank Ray Williams for his 
   kind words about my book. If anyone is interested 
   in learning how an ancient coin revealed the clue 
   to understanding the Star of Bethlehem, see my web 
   page, which also has information about the book:  

      http://www.eclipse.net/~molnar/ 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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