In the older, traditional calendar, and in the tradition of both East and West from the earliest days, Friday 6 January was Epiphany. However, we are now in the time after Epiphany.
I want to remind the readership of a cool DVD (sent to me last a couple years back by a reader) and website wherein a good argument is made about the Star of Bethlehem.
What was the Star of Bethlehem, anyway?
Surely it is a fact. It happened. But what happened?
This is the best explanation I have seen, and it is compelling. It is offered by a Christian lawyer who examined all the available evidence from Scripture and added to it historical information from other ancient sources. He also used spiffy software to recreate the motions of the planets during a period of time around Christ’s birth as viewed from the Holy Land. This is also, therefore, an argument about the date of Christ’s birth… with some help from God’s big celestial clock, this solar system and view of the greater created cosmos.
HINT: An ancient manuscript copying error made a huge difference!
His presentation is available online HERE. Check it out. It’s fascinating. I won’t spoil the fun of drilling into it.
HINT: It was not a comet.
It’s on YouTube: