Dating the birth of jesus and astronomy
Both those fixed events fit together to confirm Herod's death.
The wondrous star that hovered over Bethlehem at Jesus’ birth has long mystified Bible scholars and astronomers alike.
"So those are separate from the texts that Joseph produces by revelation." The manuscript, published as part of the Joseph Smith Papers, also shows that the revelation was given on April 10 — not April 6.Attempts to identify the star with historical celestial phenomena have been inconclusive at best, leading many to dismiss the gospel account as a beautiful but imaginative myth.Still others keep returning to this question, knowing that if we could only link the star with a specific celestial event, we could also pinpoint the date of Jesus’ birth. The idea that a star would mark both the time and the place of the Messiah’s coming fits this larger pattern of salvation history: God has arranged all events according to His grand plan for bringing the Savior into the world.
Second, the star stopped to mark the Messiah’s location: “the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was” (Matthew 2:9).(Matthew 2:1–2) Following the biblical-historical-astronomical reasoning of Frederick A. C., and a corresponding shift in the birth of Christ from 5 or 4 B. First, the Magi announced quite matter-of-factly that they had seen “His star in the East,” as if it should be obvious that the newborn Messiah would have a star all his own.