SE Newsletter December 1998

General: Star of Bethlehem

From: Penaloza M A [email protected] To: [email protected] Subject: [SE] The star of Bethlehem: an eclipse?

There is an article published in THE PHYSICS TEACHER (1977), Vol. 15 (Dec.); pp.533-537/549, entitled "The Christmas Star", by Meyer, Earl R., in which the author states among other possibilities that the star of Bethlehem could have been an eclipse. But the author doesn't give additional details or any reference about this hypothesis.

Does anyone know whether or not there is any reference about it? Thank you, Marcos A. Penaloza M. Essex University England.

From: "Carton, WHC" [email protected] To: "'[email protected]'" [email protected] Subject: RE: [SE] The star of Bethlehem: an eclipse?

The tales about the birth of Jezus Christ are according to theological scientist not journalistic reports, but tales. Luke has been written about eighty years after the estimated birthday. It was a Jewish way to emphasize the meaning of somebody, by telling a nice mythical tale about his birth. So the story of the Scolars from the East that had been directed by a impressive star ought not to be read as historic event. Neither the star itself. [email protected]

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