At 12:11 PM 11/14/2002, Marc wrote:


The June 12, 2 BC conjunction in Virgo, moving into Leo, was the one I was thinking
about, in fact, and I see that Pratt discusses this approvingly.

His reading of why Eastern churches celebrate 06 January as the day of Christ's
birth is laughable and shows an extreme ignorance of history. It was December 25th
under the pre-Gregorian calendar by the time of the Renaissance, and Russia did not
adopt the Gregorian calendar until after the Russian Revolution. The "Glorious
October Revolution" actually happened in November, for instance.
Guess you'll have to take that up with Jack Finegan, author of, _Handbook of Biblical Chronology_, as that's who Pratt uses as a footnote. Besides, it appears that you are wrong. Epiphany which means manifestation (as in God being made manifest through his birth into mortality), is celebrated by many churches but began with the Eastern Church on January 6th of the Julian Calendar.

I wonder who's extremely ignorant of history now. ;-)

Steven Montgomery

Recall the new star that announced the birth at Bethlehem? It was in its precise orbit long before it so shone. We are likewise placed in human orbits to illuminate. Divine correlation functions not only in the cosmos but on this planet, too. After all, the Book of Mormon plates were not buried in Belgium, only to have Joseph Smith born centuries later in distant Bombay. (Elder Neal A. Maxwell, Conference Report, Saturday Morning, Oct 2002)

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