Investigating the Star of Bethlehem

The scientific mystery of the Star of Bethlehem, considered to the Christian faith to be the miracle which led the Magi to Jerusalem after the birth of Jesus, has inspired a Wapakoneta native’s investigation into space and history.

Aeronautical/astronautical engineer Ken Elchert, who was raised in Wapakoneta and graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1967, recently released his book — “The Star: An Investigative Journey in Search of the Star of Bethlehem.”

Interests in astronomy, history and the Bible led Elchert on a journey to find evidence of the Star of Bethlehem, and his book leads readers on that same journey to discover the truth and possibilities about the famous star.

“The book is geared toward anyone who might have a curiosity about the mystery of the Star of Bethlehem and a possible solution to it,” Elchert said. “Readers of the book who are skeptical that the Star of Bethlehem as recorded in Matthew ever really existed will find that, not only might there be a natural explanation for it, but that we might still be able to see it today.”

While the book contains astronomical information concerning the stars and planets around 3 BC and 2 BC, the history of the Star of Bethlehem is noted as Christian legacy.

“He uses a scientific approach,” Fran Engle, of Wapakoneta, said about Elchert’s explanations of the Star of Bethlehem, “but also brings biblical correlations in toward the end of the book.”

Fran’s husband, Tom Engle, was Elchert’s teacher and basketball coach at St. Joseph High School, and she said she is enjoying her copy of the book.

“Christians would be interested,” Fran said, “but, probably more than ever, people that are skeptical would be interested. They might see the correlation and the fact that we can still see that star.”

For the full story, see the Friday, Jan. 3 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.