Colin R. Nicholl's book, The Great Christ Comet: Revealing the True Star of Bethlehem. Crossway, 2015.

The Star of Bethlehem is one of the greatest mysteries

in astronomy and in the Bible.


What was it?

How did it prompt the Magi to set out on a long journey to Judea?

How did it lead them to Jesus?


In this groundbreaking book, Colin R. Nicholl makes the compelling case

that the Star of Bethlehem could only have been a great comet.

Taking a fresh look at the biblical text

and drawing on the latest astronomical research,

this beautifully illustrated volume will introduce readers

to the Bethlehem Star in all of its glory.







2.     “We Beheld (It Is No Fable)”

The Testimony of Matthew’s Gospel


3.     “They Looked Up and Saw a Star”

The Story of the Star


4.     “What Star Is This?”

Evaluating the Major Hypotheses


5.     “What Sudden Radiance from Afar?”

Introducing Comets


6.     “A Stranger midst the Orbs of Light”

The Star as a Comet


7.     “Yon Virgin Mother and Child”

The Celestial Wonder


8.     “With Royal Beauty Bright”

Messiah’s Star


9.     “Lo, the Star Appeareth”

Profiling the Comet


10.   “Following Yonder Star”

Tracking the Comet


11.   “Brightest and Best of the Sons of the Morning”

The Greatest Comet in History


12.   “The Light Everlasting That Fades Not Away”

The Ongoing Story


Appendix 1: The Chinese Comet Records

Appendix 2: The Meteor Storm of 6 BC






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