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The E-Sylum: Volume 3, Number 53, December 24, 2000, Article 9


[Editor's note: since tonight is Christmas eve, in honor of the holiday I'm reprinting the following information from the September 12&19, 1999 issues (Volume 2, Number 37&38):

Ray Williams writes:

"An NJNS member and new E-Sylum subscriber Mike Molnar has a book being published in October. ... I heard Mike give a mesmerizing talk about numismatic evidence of the Star of Bethlehem and how scientific evidence backs it up."

From the Press Release:

"Could the $50 purchase of an ancient coin by a Rutgers astronomer have unlocked the mystery of the Christmas Star? For years, scientists have looked, with little success, to astronomical records for an explanation of the magical star that guided the Magi to Christ's manger. Intrigued by the image he found on the latest addition to his coin collection, Michael Molnar thought there might be more to learn by looking, instead, at the teachings of ancient astrologers."

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:

Wayne Homren, Editor

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