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In a work of profound interest to students of Christianity and astrology alike, E.W. Bullinger uses astronomy, celestial charts, and quotations from the Bible to make his case for the existence of God's Word within the movements and configurations of the stars themselves. Beginning with proof in Psalm 19 that "the Creator both numbered as well as named the stars of heaven,In a work of profound interest to students of Christianity and astrology alike, E.W. Bullinger uses astronomy, celestial charts, and quotations from the Bible to make his case for the existence of God's Word within the movements and configurations of the stars themselves. Beginning with proof in Psalm 19 that "the Creator both numbered as well as named the stars of heaven," Bullinger interprets each of the Twelve Signs of the Zodiac as they relate to biblical prophecy, arriving at some interesting-and controversial-conclusions. British clergyman ETHELBERT WILLIAM BULLINGER (1837-1913) was one of the most respected Bible scholars of the 19th century. He is author of numerous works including Commentary on Revelation, Great Cloud of Witnesses, and How to Enjoy the Bible....

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ISBN : 9781602060463
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Number of Pages : 296 Pages
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  • Helen
    2018-11-24 01:44

    This book was originally published in 1893. I am fortunate to have the Kregel publications edition with colour plates and a pull out constellation map in the back and it's a family book that I treasure. Reading it gives you chills; Bullinger has written a sort of dissertation outlining a complex, well researched idea that all the constellations have at their core, meanings and interpretations, a primeval prophecy of Jesus, his redeeming power and ultimate victory over death. It's incredibly gripping, educational, and oftentimes convincing. As a Christian, and a believer in God's hand in Nature, and being in awe of the beauty and wonder of the world, I would like to believe that nature has esoteric knowledge stitched into the fabric of time. It's a thrlling concept. His theory is summarised in a quote from Psalms on the front page: "He telleth the number of the stars; He giveth them all their names." Psalm 147:4 - RV. In the book, Bullinger describes each of the constellations in the zodiac starting with virgo through to leo - the riddle of the sphinx is explained (!!); the virgin to the Lion of the Tribe of Judah - by discussing their original names, in many ancient languages, and the names of the highest magnitude stars within them which elucidate the person of Jesus and his plan for the Bride of Christ (Israel, not the Church). Bullinger also mentions a few historical events and what was going on in the sky at that time which also tells a story, and takes great pain to highlight the shifting position of stars over the millenia, and how they would have been when originally set down or where relating to various events. Some explanations and "proofs" seem a little tenuous and he is heavily biased; he has a habit of discounting any cultural name or explanation that doesn't fit his theory ie he says often enough that the Greeks and their myths were "ignorance" or they had "forgotten" the original meanings. Most of the cultural references are based on the zodiac of Denderah (Egypt), and the Egyptian, Hebrew and Arabic names are most commonly used, which suggests the obvious common root, but other cultures are referenced (Ethiopian, Syriac, Hindu, Greek, Latin, Chaldee etc) but not consistently. Even discounting the cultures not represented, if they are the names of the stars are real (weird if NOT signficant), and this is historically acurate research not a posteriori interpretation, then the story outlined in the heavens how it is described is quite simply jaw-dropping and certainly prophetic as it is millenia old. He lost me in the last chapter talking about periods of time and special numbers outlining the time that Jerusalem will be "trodden underfoot," and he goes to great lengths in saying how some prophecies are about Israel and Jerusalem, NOT the Christian Church. What is never explained is how the constellation pictures (that bear little resemblemce to the clusters of stars) came to be in the first place. The pictures are not a celestial dot to dot but still are - if his book is believed - similar the world over; if not for the same pictures exactly, but still similar meanings but the exact same clusters of stars - given the infinite choice, this is phenomenal in itself.Overall, it's an amazing book, brilliantly presented and researched and written with obvious love and devotion, a magnum opus of biblical scholarship. Read it and I defy you not to be amazed at least once.

  • Dave Jones
    2018-11-28 07:58

    This was a .99 Kindle purchase. In this case, I got less than I paid for. Not that the content itself wasn't worthy -- it was. However, there were two unforgivable shortcomings: 1) The book was not indexed 2) Much more serious: there were no star chart illustrations that apparently were part of the original edition. The absence of the star charts really dissipated the value of this book. Come on publishers: charge a little more and make this a worthy read. There were also some typos that confirmed the editorial slothfulness.As for the content itself. It's very intriguing. The first part of the book is difficult to read owing to its technical nature. It's the only work I knew of that examined Biblical Astronomy and NOT Astrology. Bullinger's premise is that the Heaven's pictorially proclaim Psalm 19:1 (The heavens declare the glory of God;the skies proclaim the work of his hands.)He then posits that among different cultures the same (or very similar) images are used to map the night skies. He then describes these images in the (star) light of Biblical redemption.As with his brilliant Number in Scripture, Bullinger exhibits excellent scholarship. While there are no endnotes, he does reference several works. However, this was published in the 1880s. I'm not sure if the MLA or APA manual of styles existed. Such a work should be footnoted.Despite this lame Kindle edition, this does provoke the reader to look at the skies in a different way. If Biblical Astronomy is something you would like to pursue, this work is the definitive way to start BUT NOT THIS EDITION!

  • Todd Coburn
    2018-12-01 06:53

    In this book, published in 1895, Bullinger demonstrates that the constellations, and specifically the signs of the Zodiac, are actually a perversion the the 12 signs called the Mazzaroth by God in the book of Job.He suggests that the signs were basically intended as a set of three heavenly books, each with four chapters, to present the 12 pointed message of God's redemption plan for mankind.He then walks the reader thru each sign, orchestrating historic & Biblical evidence to present the meaning and significance of each sign.The writing is of an older style that is not as easy to follow in some places, and he often appears to start sentences in the middle of a thought in this book. He integrates Hebrew and Greek words into the argument, making it a goldmine for Biblical language students and enthusiasts but a bit confusing for folks with less interest or education. However, these portions can be simply skimmed over with minimal loss of continuity if desired.In spite of the shortcomings, this book is an eye-opener and a goldmine for anyone with interest in the subject, and can inspire a desire to look closer at the constellations and to dig deeper into their significance.I found it intriguing, inspirational, and thought provoking. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  • Yolanda
    2018-11-20 02:30

    This book is amazing !if you are a student of the Word you will glean riches from this read.....If you don't care for astronomy...you will after you read this. I found an old hardback edition that was sent to me from London. It is one of the most treasured in my collection.

  • Rochelle Brown
    2018-11-17 08:35

    Wonderful book! It explains why we have only certain constellations handed down through history and how they allowed the sharing of the Gospel before Pagans perverted their meanings. Look up! God has written the Good News in the stars as well!

  • Boh Cooper
    2018-12-12 05:56

    Thoroughly brilliant. A picture of hope and faith. Bullinger wrote this not knowing Israel would become a nation again and regain ownership of Jerusalem in the next 50 years!!! This book renewed my interest and wonder if the stars and constellations.

  • Carrie Lindsey
    2018-11-12 03:41

    This is an old book written over 100 years ago. Based on the information that the author had at the time he did a fairly remarkable job gathering and using the sources that were at his disposal. It was an intriguing concept that he was trying to prove....that the constellations of the zodiac held forth the message of the Redeemer as told in the Bible. He takes the names, meanings, and chronology of the zodiac and random Bible verses to try and prove his point. Because I believe that God is the creator, he did name the stars, and he calls them by their name I have no doubt that his fingerprints are all over the universe in ways that we are ignorant of but I do believe that as brilliant as Bullinger is he did stretch information to make it fit into what he believed to be true. I don't think all his sources were as fool proof as he would have liked to believe. His emphatic way of writing was quite humorous as he tried to use the style to convince the reader of the truth of his words. I only gave it two stars because it was a bit repetitious and I got his point halfway through the book so I decided not to finish it.

  • Jacky
    2018-11-19 07:31

    Interesting astronomical look at how the Zodiac and the total of 48 constellation points to JESUS CHRIST than some weak Greek mythology. To paraphrase Aristotle, these Zodiacs, the imagery only slightly different over the worldwide cultures, were weak representations of a once objective truth proclaimed by the stars. Bullinger, being an ultra-dispensationalist, allowed his theology to somewhat hinder an objective view of the Witness of the Stars. His reasoning fluctuates - and indeed it is much stronger in the beginning of the book compared to the latter part. Though SOME of the reasoning should be taken with a pinch of salt, the biblical references, the astronomical imagery are uncanny and no doubt of God's design. Furthermore, there is a epilogue chapter commenting on the calculation of prophecies, which I've been very skeptical about, but one should definitely take a look into it and find a surprise there if you've been following historical events in the Middle East in the last century... :)

  • C A Fox
    2018-12-09 05:36

    Perversion of the zodiacThis is an old and interesting book covering the signs of the zodiac, something which I have in the past steered away from because of its pagan roots. Or are they? The author has done considerable research which leads us to believe that the true meaning written in the stars has been lost and corrupted into the astrology charts we have today. Beginning with Virgo (the virgin) and ending with Leo (the lion of Judah) we can see the whole story laid out before us of Christ's birth, the plan for man and our redeeming Saviour and King. The stars truly are a silent witness to this.

  • Cary Sawatsky
    2018-12-01 06:52

    This very old book (written in the 1800s is as valid today as the day it was written. Much information about the original meanings of the constellations including the detailed names and meanings of many stars in each constellation. This subject should be studied by Christians everywhere.

  • Hans Bronkhorst Bronkhorst
    2018-11-25 05:31

    Fantastic book by E.W. Bullinger, one of the foremost Bible scholars of all times explaining how the stars declare the Glory of God - Christ Jesus. A must-read for anyone interested in Biblical Studies.

  • Linda
    2018-11-13 01:56

    The idea put forth in this book is very intriguing, and has merit. The writing is professorial but understandable and I did enjoy learning this view of astrology and the ancient history of the constellations.

  • Kisha Gallagher
    2018-11-17 02:44

    I love this book because it dismisses the New Age idea of "astrology" and instead glorifies the Creator of stars! You can "see" the gospel told through the 12 major constellations in our night sky. The heavens truly do declare the glory of God!

  • Lisa
    2018-12-03 01:58

    This was an exciting book to read, full of facts and ancient history. It was very uplifting to my faith, knowing that the LORD made the stars, and that he made them for a specific purpose. WOW GOD!

  • Yan
    2018-12-05 02:35

    This book is eye-opening, bringing home the original meaning of the zodiac.

  • Linda
    2018-12-11 08:41

    My rating doesn't mean it is bad, just too much detail even for me...

  • Nmarie
    2018-12-05 05:33

    Wow. Awesome book.

  • Alysia
    2018-12-12 03:58

    excellent book!

  • Michael White
    2018-12-01 04:43

    Insightful and helpful information but a bit dry.

  • Wendy
    2018-12-01 01:30

    Very interesting stuff...not a 'I loved it', but impressed nonetheless.