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The Star That Astonished the World Paperback – August, 1991


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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Academy for Scriptural; 2nd edition (August 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0945657889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0945657880
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,506,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Put it to someone like Ernest L. Martin, Ph.D. Turn him loose to do the research.
Book Glutton
For it proves that long, long ago God wound His celestial alarm clock to one day sound out the birth of His Son!
JN
Research was biblically sound and also showed how science and the Bible are compatible.
K. Faasse

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Book Glutton TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 27, 2010
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Take a simple question like, "Who were the Magi?" Put it to someone like Ernest L. Martin, Ph.D. Turn him loose to do the research. Now you can take a few minutes and read what is only a gleaning of four chapters on the subject.
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The simple teaching of the Gospel of Matthew states that astrologers came from the eastern part of the world to pay homage to the newborn "King of the Jews" and to present him with the customary gifts that were generally accorded to new kings. The word that was used to describe them was "Magi." This was a title and in the 1st century it signified that they were professional astrologers.

We are told by the ancient historian Herodotus that they were originally one of the six tribes of the Medes, a priestly caste similar to the Levites among the Israelites. In their early history their occupation was to provide the kings of the Medes, Persians and Babylonians with what they considered to be divine information about the daily matters involving government affairs. Their role in interpreting divine matters for kings and rulers is mentioned in the Bible. The prophet Daniel in the time of King Nebuchadnezzar became the "master of the magicians [master of the Magi], astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers." (Dan 5:11). The prophet Jeremiah mentioned that a chief authority among the Magi was called the Rab-Mag. (Jer 39:3, 13 RSV).

The prophet Daniel most likely was assigned to this high office. Perhaps the fraternization of Daniel with the early Magi in Babylon helps to explain why those in the Magian profession expected a Jewish king to arrive near the end of the 1st century. This is the very thing that Daniel prophesied would happen.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 2002
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Over 600 planetariums around the world have been showing the new discoveries recorded in this 280 page book. This book identifies what the real star of the Wise Men was, it also reveals the precise date and time of day when Jesus was born. This surprising information comes directly from the New Testament. The research is backed up with extensive reference to Roman and Jewish records and gives the astronomical data that can make the New Testament account of the birth of Jesus to be very understandable and also majestic beyond compare. There were planetary conjunctions that happened in the heavens in the period when Jesus was born (3 to 2 BC) about which modern astronomers have expressed awe and astonishment. This is one book that all people interested in science and the Bible should have. Although a professional scholar, Ernest L. Martin's writing style is easy to read and understand.  A previous review mentions Herod's death asa major obstacle. This obstacle is made clear in this book.
Potential readers include: those interested in astronomy, astrology, early Roman history, mainline Christianity, students of Bible Chronology and Prophecy, religious teachers and university professors.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By EGM on May 31, 2012
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Mandatory reading for those investigating one of the most mysterious events in the bible: the identity of the 'star of Bethlehem.' The late Ernest L. Martin (ASKELM*com) touched on nearly every avenue of research applicable to this subject available to him, secular and biblical, and brings them to their logical conclusion. (I've since discovered more biblical and rabbinical evidence that corroborates Martin's identification of the wandering star.) The pieces of this biblical-historical puzzle fall into place with minimal of effort and postulations provided by Martin -- the difficult part was teasing out all the pieces as he has done admirably. There are several different lines of evidence employed, each bolstering the other to build a powerful case. Some of the chapters taken individually in themselves are treasure troves of first-class research that have shed light and helped guide my own person studies on subjects such as the 'mark of the beast' and the parousia. Martin's work continues to bear great fruit for me even after all these years. The impact of the information in this book is still not fully comprehended by the world, I contend, and has only unlocked long sealed doors which now lead to exciting new worlds (and heavens) of treasure to be discovered.Read more ›
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Michele Crudele on April 24, 2000
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While the problem of the Star of Bethlehem is not yet solved, Martin's book come up with a different date for Christ's birth. Everything depends on the death of Herod. He says that it was not in the year 4 b.C., as almost everybody states. He gives some good reasons, but other authors disagree with him. Anyway, it is a valuable book for those who are interested in the topic. Any paper on the Star of Bethlehem now mentions it as a reference. I appreciate the effort of analizing the Gospel looking for historical evidence. I'm even thinking of translating it into Italian...
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