Would God, at the moment of creation, bake into the universe (1) the celestial mechanics and local components of our solar system; (2) the astronomical science of the correct time; and (3) the symbolism of ancient times still recognizable today, just to communicate with not only the Magi, but us? He certainly could have.
The one caveat is that the math depends on a death date of Herod the Great of 1 B.C. instead of the typically accepted 4 B.C. That pulls all events closer in time, including the birth of Christ. The weight of scholarship is against Dr. Larson. However, the story he tells through signs in the sky put a heavy thumb on the scale for the late date of Herod's death (1 B.C.).
You've really got to watch the DVD. (Bear is not providing a YouTube link because the guy deserves to get paid for his work.) The name of the DVD is Star of Bethlehem, and Larson's site is bethlehemstar.com . His presentation is a bit enthusiastic in an evangelical way, but that shouldn't cause anyone problems. It is definitely worth the eight or nine bucks it will cost you at Amazon.
Now he is working on finding proof for the earthquake that is recorded at Jesus' death.
Bear gives Star of Bethlehem 5 Fish.
In local news, the cute chick-in-a-teacup would need a big cereal bowl now. Our little peepers have grown into monstrous little ungainly dinosaur creatures with huge, gross feet. And it looks like they slipped a Rhode Island Red into the package.
Blanquette, Holly and Ava are all pregnant for the Easter season. PLEASE, LORD, GIVE US GIRLS THIS TIME! We have no use for more boys. Really. Except for kebabs.
Ivy, a.k.a. "The People's Goat," suffered some sort of injury when he was butted in the head by Goatburger, our big Boer. Why the shepherdess hasn't given him the thumbs down long ago, Bear doesn't know. Bear thinks she's settled on the end of June, when's he's fattened up, though. Bear is not allowed to kill anything. He doesn't understand, unless they're still holding 1976 against him. We don't know if Ivy can't see, or there's neurological damage, or what, but he's not right. Who knew goats could hurt one another while playing?
The Bear's mate just asked him if he was doing anything on some story about Muslims trying to kill people somewhere, and he said no. "Dog bites man story." The Bear is waiting for a whole mosque to have a candlelight vigil for victims and offer a sincere condemnation of violence. Now, that would be a story. Yeah, and the Bear's going to win a Pulitzer Prize for this ephemeris.
Muslims killing people isn't news; it's a trait.