The Messianic Star
New Light on the Star of Bethlehem
Studies in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology, Vol. 13
by Martin Wells
Forthcoming December 2022
300 Pages; Paperback
The Star of Bethlehem, the great portent of Christ’s birth in the Gospel of Matthew, has been central to Christian imagery for two thousand years. It is still a popular feature of the modern Christmas card. The star was originally seen as a miracle, sent by God to announce the birth of His son. Since the seventeenth century astronomers have speculated that the star was some astronomical events, such as a planetary conjunction or a comet, or that it possessed astrological significance. In this ground-breaking book Martin Wells shows that these claims are all unjustified. By going back to the original texts Wells argues that we should understand the Star as an imaginative story intended to legitimise Christ’s role as the new Messiah, a story which resonates powerfully down to the present day.
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About the Author
Martin Wells began his love of history at an early age. Fascinated by mysteries of the ancient world he went on to study Biblical history at Saint David’s University College, where he achieved his BA (Hons) focusing on Orthodoxy and Heresy in the Early Church in Religious Studies in 1994. Further enthused by the subject, Martin went on to examine the Star of Bethlehem and the Infancy Narratives, completing his Doctoral Thesis in 2009.