The Star of Bethlehem is still one of the most popular, and puzzling mysteries of
the Bible. Its inclusion, at the very beginning of the very first Gospel, raises so
many awkward questions for orthodox Christianity that one has to wonder how it
ever made the canonical cut in the first place.
So why would the authors (and editors) of the Christian gospels choose
Zoroastrian Magi and astrology to herald the coming of Jesus Christ? Did the
Magi have some special significance then that we have since lost? After all, the
New Testament narrative opens with them. So who were the Magi, and did their
astrological beliefs really lead them to Jesus?
Now, for the first time, in The Star of the Magi, an author with a solid background
in the history of astrology in ancient religion examines the Star. The result is a
breathtaking blend of history, religious studies, astronomy, and astrology that
tells the whole story as it has never been told before. The Magi had definite
expectations of a coming world savior who would be born of a virgin; all
mysteriously encoded and foretold in Magian astrology. These ancient Persian
beliefs had tremendous bearing on the development of Jewish Messianic
expectations—it inspired early Christians and their Jewish and Persian
neighbors, and gave them hope in their desperate battles against the Romans.
Astronomy alone cannot unlock the secrets of the Star. There are simply too
many phenomena to choose from—even astronomers concede that that we
must now look to astrology for better answers.
The Persian, Zoroastrian astrology of the Magi is the key to this Christian
mystery, and The Star of the Magi sheds new light on the role of astrology in the
rise of monotheism and Messianic expectations throughout the ancient world.
Courtney Roberts, M.A., is a writer, teacher, and consultant. She developed her
expertise in astrology in religion, particularly Persian Zoroastrianism and
western monotheism, while earning her Masters Degree in Cultural Astronomy
and Astrology. Her last book, Visions of the Virgin Mary: An Astrological
Analysis of Divine Intercession, was the first of its kind to introduce the
astrological dimension into comparative religious studies. Roberts has been
published extensively, and teaches and lectures to audiences of every
persuasion around the world. Her fascination with Celtic culture has kept her in
Ireland and Great Britain for years, and her Buddhist studies has led to extended
residence in Asia. Find more information about her at
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