Kapteyn Astronomical Institute

The Star of Bethlehem: Astronomical Observations in the Context of Antiquity

Two-day Colloquium, October 23-24, 2014, University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is celebrating its 400th Anniversary in 2014. To commemorate that event a special 2-day Colloquium "The Star of Bethlehem: Astronomical Observations in the Context of Antiquity", is being held on October 23-24, 2014, in Groningen, The Netherlands. This Colloquium is particularly timely as also 400 years ago, in 1614, Johannes Kepler published his book "De vero anno quo aeternus dei filius humanum naturam in utero benedictae Virginis Mariae assumpsit", on the chronology related to the Star of Bethlehem.

Some 20 specialists in the fields of (the history of) astronomy, ancient history, religion, society and culture, will discuss the various aspects of the Star of Bethlehem. It is the purpose of this international Colloquium to engage with recent theories for the Star of Bethlehem, such as those of Michael Molnar (The Star of Bethlehem - Legacy of the Magi), drawing on the expertise of all relevant related fields of ancient astronomy/astrology and ancient history and religion.

The final papers will be published by Brill Academic Publishers (Leiden/Boston), and will together probably constitute the leading volume on this topic.

The unique interdisciplinairy co-hosts are:

Kapteyn Astronomical Institute

Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies

CRASIS: Culture, Religion and Society in Graeco-Roman Antiquity

The invited participants include:

Prof. Peter Barthel (Astrophysics): Astronomical Observations (confirmed)

Prof. George van Kooten (New Testament in Graeco-Roman Context): The Star of Bethlehem in the Context of Matthew's Gospel and Ancient History (confirmed)

Prof. Kocku von Stuckrad (Comparative and Historical Religion): The Star of Bethlehem and Ancient Astrology (confirmed)

Prof. Mladen Popovic (Ancient Judaism): Astrological Theories in Ancient Judaism (confirmed)

Prof. Onno van Nijf (RUG Ancient History), Astrology and Ancient History (confirmed)

Prof. Teije de Jong (Univ. of Amsterdam), Babylonian Astronomy (confirmed)

Prof. Willem Drees (Leiden Univ.), Philosophy of Religion (confirmed)

Dr. Rob van Gent (Utrecht Univ.), History of Astronomy (confirmed)

Prof. Jan Willem van Henten (Univ. of Amsterdam), New Testament (confirmed)

Prof. Roger Beck (Univ. Toronto), Astrology in the Mithras Cult in the Roman Empire (confirmed)

Prof. Ruurd Nauta (Groningen Univ.), Latin Literature (confirmed)

Prof. Rien van de Weygaert (Groningen Univ.), Cosmology and Ancient Astronomy (confirmed)

Dr. Aaron Adair (Ohio State Univ.), History of Interpretation of the Star of Bethlehem (confirmed)

´╗┐Prof. Ab de Jong (Leiden University), Religions of Antiquity (confirmed)

Prof. Owen Gingerich (Harvard Univ.), History of Astronomy (confirmed)

Prof. Daan den Hengst (Univ. of Amsterdam), Latin Language and Culture (confirmed)

Dr. Mathieu Ossendrijver (Humboldt Univ. Berlin), Babylonian Astronomy (confirmed)

Prof. John Steele (Brown Univ.), Mesopotamian Astronomy (confirmed)

Prof. Alexander Jones (Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York), Astrology & History of the Exact Sciences (confirmed)

Prof. Stephan Heilen, (Osnabruck University), History of astrology in Greco-Roman antiquity (confirmed)

Prof. Philiep Bossier (Groningen Univ.), Italian History and Culture (confirmed)

Prof. Bob Joseph (Univ. of Hawaii), Astronomy and History of Astronomy (confirmed)

Prof. David Hughes (Sheffield), author of "The Star of Bethlehem Mystery" (confirmed)

Prof. Bradley Schaefer (Louisiana), Astronomy and History of Astronomy (confirmed)

Prof. Antonio Panaino (University of Bologna), History of Iran (confirmed)

Prof. Dirk van Delft (Leiden Univ. and Museum Boerhaave), History of Science

Dr. Willem A. Baan (Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy & Shanghai Astronomical Observatory)

Prof. Heino Falcke (Nijmegen Univ.)

Dr. Michael Molnar (Rutgers Univ.)


´╗┐Prof.dr. Peter Barthel (p.d.barthel@rug.nl)

Prof.dr. George van Kooten (g.h.van.kooten@rug.nl)

Adoration of the Magi, Giotto
Adoration of the Magi, Giotto
Academy Building, RuG
Academy Building, RuG
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