20 December, 2018

15. The Gospel in the Stars

15. The Gospel in the Stars



Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. 
And let them be for signs and for seasons... 
—Genesis 1:14

God's entire story of redemption is summed up in one chapter in the Bible, and I bet you'll never guess which one.  In fact, I will gift you a copy of Unbreakable Vow (sequel to Primordium) if you can tell me which chapter. Simply email me at redemptionchapter [at] blogginghisstory [dot] com with 2 words in the subject line—the book of the bible and the chapter number.

Lamps vs Deities

One of the interesting non-parallels in the Genesis account of creation vs other creation accounts (Sumerian, Babylonian, Egyptian, etc.), is the sun and moon are not named. In ancient pagan cultures, the sun and moon were deities. Even today, our sun's unofficial name is Sol, as in the Roman sun god, Sol, the equivalent of the Greek sun god Helios. But the writer of the first toledoth (or Moses as a polemic) merely refers to them as lamps.

Gospel in the Stars

That aside, there is also this idea of the gospel in the stars, or a Christian Zodiac. This theory purports that the original understanding of the constellations pointed to Christ and the gospel message.

Examples:

Aries: The Lamb of God

Leo: The Lion of Judah


Bethany Blankley, a biblical literacy advocate, wrote a series of articles on this subject, which you can read at The Original Christian Zodiac.

Not every Christian agrees with the theory. Note, it's not that they find the concept pagan or immoral, they just don't believe there is any historical merit.  For more on that point of view, see Is There a Christian Zodiac?

Personally, I have no opinion on either theory. But it is interesting to note that in the Babylonian Hymn to Shamash, the sun god (Shamash) is also the god of divination. And, "the Hebrew word used for 'sign' has a cognate in Akkadian that is used for omens."1

So I await your emails on the Chapter That Will Not Be Named hinted at earlier in this post. 😜


1The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament
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