Dating the birth of jesus and astronomy
In fact, the verse is likely prefatory material dictated by Joseph Smith and recorded by his scribe with the express purpose of establishing the date of the Church's organization rather than the date of the Savior's birth.
The researchers claim the 'Christmas star' was most likely a magnificent conjunction of the planets Venus and Jupiter, which were so close together they would have shone unusually brightly as a single "beacon of light" which appeared suddenly.
If you have already studied these matters and seem to be satisfied, but are not convinced that our Lord Jesus Christ was born on the holy day Rosh Ha Shanah (Yom Teruah) on September 29 in 2 BC, again, keep reading!
If you've asked these kinds of questions and not had a satisfactory answer, keep reading and you will be blessed to discover some remarkable evidence that should address many such questions you've had.
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?
For we have seen His star in the East [or at its rising] and have come to worship Him.
We will be looking into how they knew, what they saw and what it means today.
But a portion of the Book of Revelation provides clear and compelling guidance for our astronomical investigation.
Whatever the reason, Revelation is full of star imagery.
In Revelation, Chapter 12, John describes a life and death drama played out in the sky: the birth of a king.
The star leads them to Jesus' home in the town, where they worship him and give him gifts.
The wise men are then given a divine warning not to return to Herod so they return home by a different route.