Did you read my post on the dating of Christ’s birth. See this post.
I’m still working my way through this board, so I haven’t gotten to everything yet.
I also had consulted Martin’s works, but found them inconclusive as the Biblical record is clear that the star had appeared twice, once two years before on the very night when Christ was born and then two years later when the wisemen had made the trip to Jerusalem.
It has been a while since I read Martin’s book so I don’t recall right off if he addressed this issue, but can you tell me what Scripture you are basing this on?
Matthew 2:9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
This verse could be saying that the star was in the eastern sky when the Wise Men left Herod just as much as it is saying that the Wise Men had seen it while they were still in a region to the East of Judea.
Then that newly reappeared star guided them to Bethlehem. It therefore clearly was not a natural/astronomical appearance.
If the star was a supernatural event, why did only the Wise Men notice it? Unusual celestial events generally instilled fear and dread in the ancient world. A supernatural event in the sky would likely have caused a worldwide panic, which would be attested to in the world’s historical documentation.
The 1 B.C. Date is unattenable because of the known death of Herod in 4 B.C.
This assumes that you definitely know the date of Herod’s death. An underlying pillar of Martin’s claim is that the 4BC date for Herod’s death is wrong.