>> IF the star of Bethlehem had some historical background in
>>the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in 7/6 BCE, then Mt 2:9 makes
> Jack Kilmon's dates for the visibility of the conjunction of Jupiter
>and Saturn in 7 B.C. do check out. A program I have called Skymap has been
>accurate for me in portraying eclipses of the sun reported in Antiquity back
>to 1178 B.C. Setting this program to May 29, 7 B.C., I found that the
>conjunction of the two named planets was visible in Iraq from about 1:30
>A.M. to dawn. The conjunction was also visible on Oct. 3 and on Dec. 3 of
>that year. As viewed from Jerusalem, the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn
>would have appeared to the south about 10 P.M. on Oct. 3 and about 6 P.M. on
>Dec. 4. In both cases, over the next hour or two it would have moved some
>degrees to the west.
Can anyone give me information about where I can get a copy of Skymap.
Also, when in recent history has there been a conjunction of Jupiter and
Saturn? When will it happen again?
Timothy B. Smith
Pastor, United Presbyterian Church In Ingram
Faculty, Geneva College
New Testament Greek and Exegesis
Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania