Holiday destinations in tivoli gardens copenhagen for However, this is most unlikely. It would be very surprising if the people of Judea would have accepted as a celestial sign of the Messiah's birth any phenomenon capable of being observed only by pagan Gentiles in Babylon and not at all by the Messiah's own people in Judea. Moreover, the strength of the reaction of the king and people to the arrival of the Magi's entourage and their query makes better sense if they had seen for themselves and been deeply impressed by the Star but had not perceived its momentous messianic significance. Had they not seen the Star for themselves, they would hardly have been so shaken by the Magi's enquiry.
What was new to the people of Jerusalem was not that there was a Star or even that the Star had done something unusual in connection with its heliacal rising, but rather that the Star had categorically signaled that the Messiah had recently been born. Exposed to that startling and evidently compelling interpretive key by some of the world's most respected astronomers and astrologers, who were so certain of their interpretation that they had just traveled hundreds of miles to welcome the newborn Messiah, suddenly Herod and the Jerusalemites became disturbed concerning the Star. Of course, it is possible that not everything the Star did was detected by those in Jerusalem, whether because of inclement weather, a lack of dedicated observation, or an inopportune time of occurrence.
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