The Star of Bethlehem and the Magi: Interdisciplinary Perspectives from Experts on the Ancient Near East, the Greco-Roman World, and Modern Astronomy

George van Kooten (Editor), Peter Barthel (Editor)

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This book is the fruit of the first ever interdisciplinary international scientific conference on the biblical story of the Magi and the Star of Bethlehem. The conference, held in 2014 at the University of Groningen, was attended by world-leading specialists in astronomy, the history of science, the ancient near-eastern and Greco-Roman worlds, and religion. Intended both for academics and interested general readers, The Star of Bethlehem and the Magi describes in twenty chapters the various aspects of the Star of Bethlehem: the history of its interpretation, ancient near-eastern astronomy, astrology and the Magi, astrology in the Greco-Roman and Jewish worlds, and the early Christian world. An epilogue summarizes the fact-fiction balance of the most famous star that has ever shone.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeiden / Boston
Number of pages695
ISBN (Electronic)9789004308473
ISBN (Print)9789004307971, 9789004308480
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameThemes in Biblical Narrative
ISSN (Print)1388-3909


  • Star of Bethlehem
  • Magi
  • Gospel of Matthew
  • Ancient Astronomy
  • Parthia
  • Ancient-Near East
  • Roman-Parthian relations

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