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    Re: The Star of Bethlehem and Navigation
    From: artiz
    Date: 2009 Jan 6, 03:55 -0800

    Geoffrey,
    
    I think, you understand me correctly.
    
    The magi arrived in Jerusalem at the time when the star appeared and the child 
    was born. In a physical sense, they did not follow any star. This is my 
    interpretation of the sources.
    
    Dieter
    
    > You seem to argue that:
    >
    > 1) The Magi were astrologers.
    >
    > 2) That having seen or predicted an astronomical "conglomeration" which
    > would indicate the imminent birth of the King of the Jews, the Magi went to
    > Jerusalem as it was the major city of the Jews.
    >
    > 3) Having got to Jerusalem, the Magi were told that Jewish prophesy had the
    > King of the Jews being born in Bethlehem, so the Magi went to Bethlehem.
    
    > 4) That Venus turned direct (from being retrograde) as the Magi reached
    > Bethlehem.
    
    > This last point may have been an additional significator that the Magi had
    > finally reached the place where the infant King of the Jews was, but
    > actually played no part in their "navigation" to Bethlehem. Indeed, in any
    > physical sense, they did not "follow" any star at all to reach Bethlehem.
    > Do I understand you correctly?
    
    
    
    
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