Thank you Dusty for inviting me to participate in your ABC’s of Ancient History Series here on To The Moon and Back. I am so excited to be here and share about astronomy and the bible!
I love science! For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to be a scientist. I loved Archeology, Astronomy, Psychology, and Physics especially. My worst subject in school was history. Since I’ve been homeschooling though, I’ve found HIStory fascinating, to say the least. I am continually amazed at how GOD has woven His Plan throughout history and the connection we find with Him in science.
Astronomy and the Bible
Astronomy in Ancient History is of particular interest to me. I was raised new age with astrology, crystal balls, and tarot cards. As I have grown in my relationship with the Creator, I have banished those things from my life. In His infinite Mercy and Love though, God has used my past (as He often does) as a testimony of His Grace. The Lord has shown me glimpses of His original purpose in the “Signs and Seasons” in the heavens. I am excited to share with you some facts and resources for further study.
Most people recognize the constellations by their Hellenistic (Greek) names and the mythical stories attached to them. Greek astronomy only dates back to about 500 BC. The Greeks were heavily influenced by the Chaldea. The word “Chaldean” can be found 67 times in the Old Testament. It is very likely the Wise Men who brought Jesus gifts when he was a baby were Chaldean Astronomers. How did they know about the prophecy? Where was the prophecy written?
It was written in the stars and those ancient people knew how to read the signs. I’m not talking about hocus pocus astrology or zodiac stuff.
Psalm 147:4 says, “He telleth the number of the stars;he calleth them all by their names.”
I’m sure He told Adam, Adam told his children, and Noah brought those names and the promises with him on the arc. People eventually messed up the stories, but there are enough hints for us to see a wonderful Gospel story of prophecy and redemption.
Chaldean Astronomy dates back to around the time of the flood. The closer you get to the time of the flood, the less dependable carbon dating gets. Anything “dating” more than 4,000 years BC should be taken ‘with a grain of salt’. (Yes, I like metaphors.)
Here is a list of some astronomy artifacts:
- Warren Field Calendar in Scotland
- Goseck Circle in Germany
- The Enuma Anu Enlil tablets of Old Babylon
- Pyramids and sphinx of Egypt
- Nabta Playa stone circles in Egypt
- Temple of AmunRe in Egypt
- Tables of stars on the ceiling of Rameses VI & IX tombs in Egypt
Have I wet your appetite? Are you ready to follow a rabbit trail into star study?
Here are some wonderful resources:
- Adam and His Kin: The Lost History of Their Lives and Times by Ruth Beechick
- Ancient Civilizations and the Bible What in the World? Volume 1 (audio) by Diana Waring
- The Astronomy Book (Wonders of Creation) by Jonathan Henry
- The Stargazer’s Guide to the Night Sky by Dr. Jason Lisle
I have more of a list in my book, Star Chronicles: A Bible Based Study of the Stars. I’d like to give you all a free chapter. This is the chapter for the stars dominant in the sky this month. I hope you enjoy it! Click the image below to download:
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Dawnita Fogleman is a 5th generation Oklahoma panhandle pioneer and author of Star Chronicles:A Bible Based Study of the Stars. She and her husband have homeschooled since 1995, two graduated and four still in the adventure. Dawnita blogs about Homeschooling, Homemaking, and Homesteading at PrarieDustTrail.com