Do the heavens that reveal God's glory also reveal His plan of salvation? Yes, says Joseph A. Seiss, who contemplated the strange figures of the Zodiac and studied the writings of astronomers through the ages. Drawing upon scientific, historical and biblical sources, Seiss assembles persuasive arguments supporting his thesis that the Gospel of Jesus Christ can be seen in the stars.
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Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Gospel in the Stars by Joseph A. It was They are woven in with all the old ethnic religions. Much as heathenism has perverted them to false worship, it has ever held to the belief that they are from God Such is the conclusion of this curious book, first published in as an attempt to reconcile Christianity with the public fascination with astrology In this profusely illustrated volume, discover the connections between the signs of the Zodiac and Christian symbolism-Leo the lion represents Jesus, for instance; the Gemini twins signify both the relationship of Adam and Eve as well as God's relationship with his church.
Building upon this language of the stars, the author demonstrates the truth of God's "one plan and purpose of Redemption for fallen man. In addition to numerous translations of hymns from the original German, he also authored numerous books, including The Apocalypse. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published November 1st by Cosimo Classics first published June More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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A bit of a tedious read, style-wise, having been written in late nineteenth century English — but what an incredibly interesting concept it proposes! The book goes through each of the main twelve constellations that make up the traditional Zodiac? Virgo, Scorpio, Leo, and so forth as well their corresponding constellations that surround them, known as Decans.
All in all making 48, as well as the individual names of stars. Seiss breaks down their history, what they mean, and how they correspond to the Gospel story. Most Christians will know right off the bat that these are references to Jesus We also know that God made these stars, not just for navigation, but also to carry warnings and signs of things to come, like in the apocalyptic visions of John, and the Star of Bethlehem that lead the Magi to the cradle of Christ.
I think, at the very least, it gives one pause thinking about the great mystery of the constellations. Why, for instance, should the constellations mean the same things across the world. People from different cultures, different time periods, different languages, etc. That group looks like a lion and that one looks like a crab. Unless, perhaps, they are divine in origin There is no direct quote in the Bible that says the purpose of these constellations is to prophesy the story of the Gospel — but it does say God made them and named them, so what they are must of some importance to us.
She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. What is your belief in the origin of the Zodiac and constellations? Truly astonishing to see God's handiwork in every corner of Creation -- and, most importantly, how He has expressed the Gospel message in that handiwork.
File this work under the biblical assertion, "The heavens declare the glory of God, and nature sheweth his handiwork. The premise of the author is that the Christian good news of salvation through Jesus Christ is heralded in the starry constellations above a claim I have heard of a few times prior to delving into this book.
Seiss proposes that this initial cosmic declaration has been obscured through the ages by daubing astrological ruminations and mythological tales atop the origi File this work under the biblical assertion, "The heavens declare the glory of God, and nature sheweth his handiwork. Seiss proposes that this initial cosmic declaration has been obscured through the ages by daubing astrological ruminations and mythological tales atop the original gospel story.
He offers in support of his theory rather detailed linguistic analyses of constellation names from Egyptian, Persian, Hindu and other sources; he also cites ancient and contemporaneous works I cannot comment on the accuracy of these linguistic clues due to my ignorance in the specialized fields of ancient languages and histories. I do venture one suggestion: the serious student may profit by consulting along with Seiss' work Bruce Malina and John Pilch, "Social-Science Commentary on the Book of Revelation," Minneapolis: Fortress Press, , a book taking a similar tack in trying to unlock the riddles of the Apocalypse.
The 19th century English language used by the author here, while criticized by some, is no worse - indeed, better - than the KJV many moderns regularly read. It thus is not such a hindrance to understanding as is presented by some critics, still it can be a cumbersome read. Oct 28, David Sarkies rated it liked it Recommends it for: People interested in esoteric Christianity. Shelves: christian. The Christian message in the Zodiac 28 October There was a time when I found the esoteric and mystical elements of Christianity to be quite fascinating, and in a sense I still do.
However I now accept that a lot of these elements can distract you from the core elements of the faith. What need is there to understand the relationship of the zodiac with the grand story of the Bible when your neighbour is starving?
Further, I have noted that the more fundamentalist the sect becomes, the more the The Christian message in the Zodiac 28 October There was a time when I found the esoteric and mystical elements of Christianity to be quite fascinating, and in a sense I still do.
Further, I have noted that the more fundamentalist the sect becomes, the more they read into elements to attempt to garner some Christian truth from it. Seiss' thesis is interesting, though I do not necessarily say that I agree with it.
To me it seems a little contrived in his attempt to squeeze the Christian message into the zodiac. The zodiac is a lot more complicated than simply the twelve signs, and even then, despite being able to connect each of the twelve signs with some section of the Christian story, it must be remembered that based on the order of the Zodiac and I am only speaking of the twelve signs here the story simply does not fit.
It is because of this that I am very reluctant to use the zodiac as a means of explaining the gospel. Now, the concept really arises from an ancient Jewish idea I believe it is the Mishrak, though I could be wrong that the story of God's plan for humanity was written in the stars.
However, remember that the zodiac had its roots in the Babylonian empire, and the Jewish people originally came out of Mesopotamia, so it would not be not unusual from them to borrow something from their old culture.
However, as we read through Genesis and Exodus and see the development of the Jewish Culture, there is a significant trend away from the Babylonian practices. The opening chapters of Genesis are set to contrast the Jewish aetiological myth from that of their neighbours.
However, the Bible does suggest that there was a reason why God created the stars, though it does not explicitly saying that it was to tell a story.
Genesis suggests that the stars were created to assist in telling the time and for navigating, and the Psalms indicates that they declare the glory of God. A final point I wish to make is that the Zodiac is cyclical.
It does not progress in a straight line, but turns around to end where it begins. Christianity and Judaism is teleological, meaning that it has a distinct beginning and end point, and history moves from the start to the finish. While Seiss's theories are interesting, I don't find them particularly helpful.
This is an eye-opening book regarding the ancient myths, their symbolism and importance. The author, Joseph Seiss, has a bit of a cumbersome writing style first published in , but the book contains some wondrous and powerful information. I highly recommend it.
Seiss observed that certain skeptics had found ancient traditions that had common elements with the Christian Gospel. But though the[ir] argument. The showings made of the close likeness between the old constellations and the Gospel are well founded. Feb 06, James Moyer rated it really liked it. I have an older edition, but what it brings out from the zodiac is the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Starting with Virgo and ending with Leo one can understand many of the symbols as a part of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Dealing with ancient symbols can be fun.
The Gospel in the Stars
Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? In a series of illuminating lectures, Joseph A. Seiss presents a clear picture of astronomical occurrences and inspirations to be found in the Biblical New Testament and Gospels.
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