The charm of Seiss’ thesis saw this intriguing book through five editions in the author’s lifetime. Exploring potential Christian imagery in the constellations, Seiss finds the message of redemption writ large in the nighttime sky. A truly original work, this book has held the interest of many readers over the decades.
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-59333-569-4
Publication Status: In Print
Publication Date: Apr 11,2008
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 524
A whimsical consideration of the apologetic promise of the constellations, this series of lectures on the stars was an early endeavor to bring science and religion into dialogue. Seiss sets forth seventeen lectures on the heavens, beginning with a then-current understanding of astronomy and how the stars mark creation with signs of redemption and glory. Individual constellations are culled for theological significance, starting with the Zodiac and how the stars mark the time and the alphabet. Drawing fascinating conclusions on the pregnant symbolism of such diverse interpretations of Virgo as the Blessed Virgin, Sagittarius as the Triumphant Warrior, and Gemini as the union of Christ and Church, the reader can not avoid being drawn in. Beyond the Zodiac, Seiss examines the secrets of wisdom, primeval man, and the star of Bethlehem. In the supplemental matter in this fifth edition, he delves into the Southern Cross and references to the constellations in the Bible.
Joseph August Seiss (1823-1904) was a Lutheran pastor with Moravian roots. Educated at Gettysburg College and Seminary, he finally settled in Philadelphia. He served as president of the Pennsylvania Ministerium as well as the General Council of his church. His interests also included the translation of hymns.