#1517

2016-03-17

Astronomically Easter

With Bradley Schaefer

We enjoyed talking with LSU astronomer Bradley Schaeffer about the Star of Bethlehem last year, so we invited him back on the program to give us an astronomical perspective on the Easter holiday, particularly Good Friday. Astronomers are keepers of the calendar, so astronomical information has a bearing on some of our most important holidays, and may help us cut through some of the ambiguity of the biblical texts.

tags: Astronomy Easter Good Friday Calendar

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#1505

2015-12-21

Bethlehem Star Confirmed, part 2

With Bradley Schaefer

LSU astronomy professor Bradley Schaefer continues his discussion on fellow astronomer Michael Molnar's astrological perspective on the Star of Bethlehem, and how other astronomers are also largely convinced that Molnar has the right idea.

tags: Herod Astrology Astronomy Magi Nativity Star of Bethlehem

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#1504

2015-12-15

Bethlehem Star Confirmed

With Bradley Schaefer

LSU astronomy professor Bradley Schaefer confirms that fellow astronomer Michael Molnar is on to something, with his astrological perspective on the Star of Bethlehem, and that other astronomers are also largely convinced that Molnar has the right idea.

tags: Herod Astrology Astronomy Magi Nativity Star of Bethlehem

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#1461

2015-01-07

Biblical Archaeology Top Ten of 2014

With Todd Bolen

There was a dearth of sensational discoveries in 2014, and without a bunch of discovery announcements in December it would have been a very slim year of exciting discoveries. But we do have a list, which was picked up by Christianity Today. Tops on the list was the discovery of a new monumental entrance to Herodium, Herod’s fortress/palace in the desert near Bethlehem, an entrance that was apparently never used because Herod decided to close it up and build a mausoleum nearby instead. The second discovery on the list: a half-dozen bullae (clay seal impressions) found at a small site called Khirbet Summeily, on the Judahite/Philistine border. Item #3 is a scarab of Pharaoh Sheshonq, know in the Bible as Shishak.

tags: Herodium Sheshonq bullae

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#1460

2014-12-30

The Star of Bethlehem Mystery, part 3

With Owen Gingerich

For more on the October Conference at the University of Groningen on Mike Molnars explanation for the Star of Bethlehem, we talked with Owen Gingerich, a professor of Astronomy and the History of Science at Harvard University. Professor Gingerich read professor Molnar’s paper at the conference, since Molnar couldn’t attend, and has been an early supporter of his approach. But he indicates that while the astronomers, historians, theologians and Bible scholars who attended the conference liked Molnar’s approach, they don’t necessarily agree with all of his conclusions.

tags: Herod Astrology Astronomy Magi Nativity Star of Bethlehem Wise Men Johannes Kepler

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