The Christmas Star is also known as Star of Bethlehem. The star revealed the birth of Jesus to the Biblical Magi, and later led them to Bethlehem.
Determining the year of Jesus was born: Gospel of Matthew says the birth of Jesus took place when Herod was the king. According to Josephus, Herod died after a lunar eclipse. This is usually identified as the eclipse of March 13, 4 BC. The narrative implies that Jesus was born between the first appearance of the star and the appearance of the Magi at Herod’s court. That the king is said to have ordered the execution of boys two years of age and younger, implies that the star made its appearance within the preceding two years but Modern scholars date the birth of Jesus as 6–4 BC.
In Eastern Orthodox Church the Star of Bethlehem is not interpreted as an astronomical event, but as a supernatural occurrence whereby an angel was sent by God to lead the Magi to the Christ child.
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