The integration of astronomical data and ancient inscriptional evidence models the scientific method at its best.”— Eugene H. Merrill, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Old Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary. Merrill regularly contributes to leading journals, periodicals, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and commentaries. He is the author of numerous books and a scholar of Biblical chronology.
Your wide-ranging and insightful scholarship in the Scriptures and in the parallel historical record from Josephus, Tacitus and the rest! Your command of Kepler’s clock!!… My hat is off to you.”— Gerard Piel, Ph.D.
Former Publisher and Editor, Scientific American magazine. Piel (1915–2004) was the holder of over twenty honorary doctorates. He published and edited Scientific American for nearly four decades, and served as President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. A prolific writer, his last book is The Age of Science: What Scientists Learned in the Twentieth Century.
Larson’s understanding and use of orbital mechanics is accurate. This explanation of the Star of Bethlehem is compelling to me. It is consistent with the Biblical story. It pleases me that I can accept it as an engineer, and as an astronomy enthusiast.”— Frank T. Buzzard, Ph.D.
NASA’s Chief Engineer for both the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. Director of the Columbia shuttle accident task force.
an interesting look… at the star… genuinely thought-provoking”— Christianity Today magazine
a convincing case…a mystery solved”— Former Director, NASA Dryden Flight Research Center
About 99.9% of the Star of Bethlehem stuff is nutty, but this isn’t that. It’s well-researched and reasonable.”— Ronald A. Schorn, Ph.D.
Schorn founded and served as Chief of the Planetary Astronomy department at NASA and was Technical Editor of Sky & Telescope magazine. He is the author of Planetary Astronomy.
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