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- What was the Star of Bethlehem? 2 answers
After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. (Matthew 2:9-11, NIV)
I have never seen a star the moves and that can stop above a particular place. In fact, when I travel at night in a bus or train, the faster I move, the faster the moon and stars appear to follow me. I can't comprehend how exactly a single star can show a particular location and appears to stop over a particular house. If you think that a particular star is exactly above you, just keep on moving and wherever you go it will follow you and it will always be right above you, no matter where you are.
The star that shined during the birth of Jesus didn't seem to be a normal star. It might not be a star at all! A star that moves and so strange that even the wise men from the east followed it because they believe that it was a sign of the birth of a new king.
What kind of star was shining at the birth of Jesus?
How have scholars explained this?