Unraveling the Christmas Star Mystery
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Irene Baron - Amazon
What's it all about?
During research for the Christmas star, over 15-years of ancient skies were surveyed using 68 NASA astronomy computer programs. Correlating events with symbols, symbolism and interpretations used by the ancient sky watchers of 2,000 years ago, ten significant and verified celestial announcements just prior to Christ's birth were discovered. The final Christmas star over Bethlehem was the geographical position marker for the birthplace of that God, Jesus Christ.
This second edition includes numerous illustrations of the night sky prior to the birth of Christ. The book was awarded a Gold Medal as the best Christian education book for the year it was published.
CHAPTER 3 ANCIENT SYMBOLISM
Could an Asian emissary been one of the wisemen? The early people inhabiting the Soviet Caucasus, the “Ossetes,” used a well designed calendar with the dawn relationships explained using maps. As with the Chinese, the directions that celestial objects moved took on special meanings.
The shaman-like, religious priests acknowledged their main god lived in the sky. For persons residing from the Soviet Caucasus up through Siberia, the Sun was considered the source of all law, social order, and authority. Since they made predictions of the celestial events, they could have foretold the birth of Jesus Christ and sent an emissary to Bethlehem.
The Babylonians are important as later civilizations used their beliefs and data to create their own astronomy legends and understanding. Iraq is the present day region of ancient Babylon. People inhabiting that region were mathematically advanced and used the stars to determine the fate of nations. The studies of the stars, cosmology, and astronomy of the movements in the heavens were applied to the destinies of all royal persons and the lands they inhabited. They are important because their symbolism, interpretations and beliefs were followed by astronomers of later time periods.
Babylonians believed “Shamash,” the Sun god, witnessed and judged everything representing celestial objects. Within a hundred years of Jesus’ birth, the astronomers created calendars and scheduled events and ceremonies up to a year or more in advance. They believed they knew the order of the cosmos was given them by the gods with whom they were in communication.
The Babylonians inscribed their astronomical observations on clay tablets as early as 3,000 years before the birth of Jesus as they recorded and accurately predicted the movements of the visible planets, lunar cycles, and eclipses. It is from their observations they originated their science of astrological readings, known today as horoscopes. It is believed that the rulers used such forecasts to protect their lands from invaders.
The Babylonians made the different groups of stars into constellations, creating mythical figures of gods for each. They decided planets moving through these constellations foretold astrological events taking place in the future. There are currently eighty-eight recognized constellations.