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Book Launch: The Messianic Star by Martin Wells

What's Happening

The Celestial Arts Education Library is proud to host Dr. Martin Wells in conversation with Dr. Nick Campion about the newest title from Sophia Centre Press:The Messianic Star: New Light on the Star of Bethlehem.

In this new work on the Star of Bethlehem, based on his PhD at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Martin Wells questions the idea that the Star was an actual event. Instead, by going back to the original texts he shows that we should understand the Star as an imaginative story intended to legitimise Christ’s role as the new Messiah, a story which resonates powerfully down to the present day. Wells shows how it is the ways in which we imagine the sky which shape the way we envision our relationship with the divine.

The Messianic Star is published by the Sophia Centre Press in partnership with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

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Where It's Happening


Martin Wells

Martin Wells began his love of history at an early age. Fascinated by mysteries of the ancient world he went on to study Biblical history at Saint David’s University College, where he achieved his BA (Hons) focusing on Orthodoxy and Heresy in the Early Church in Religious Studies in 1994. Further enthused by the subject, Martin went on to examine the Star of Bethlehem and the Infancy Narratives, completing his Doctoral Thesis in 2009.

Jenn Zahrt, PhD

Jenn Zahrt is an author, publisher, and teacher of cultural astronomy and astrology. In 2017 she was appointed as an Honorary Research Fellow at the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. She researches the many forms of astrology emergent across human cultures past and present, with a special focus on early twentieth-century German culture. She has taught and lectured domestically and internationally in places such as Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany. She is the founder of Revelore Press, creative director of the Sophia Centre Press, and the deputy editor of the peer-reviewed journal Culture and Cosmos. In 2020 she became the Senior Editor of The Mountain Astrologer, and in 2021 she founded the Celestial Arts Education Library Institute in Olympia, WA, where she currently lives. Discover more of her work:

Additional Information

This launch is sponsored by the Sophia Centre Press, the Sophia Centre, and the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

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