Originally posted by josephw
It has long been suggested that the constellations are God-given illustrations of gospel truths. Indeed, constellation names go far back into mankind's history. The Jewish historian Josephus says they were named by Seth, the third son of Adam, but perhaps even Adam had a part, since he named the animal ...[text shortened]... the gospel to us so clearly that we have no need for additional evidence of its truths.
I have a later copy of Joseph A. Seiss' "The Gospel in the Stars: or, Primeval Astronomy" first published in 1882 by E. Claxton & Company, Philadelphia.
He details the meanings behind each of the constellations, even going into the details of origins for names of individual stars within the same, under the persuasion that...
"When God created these heavenly worlds, He said, "And let hem be for SIGNS.""
However, his work (and the work of others, such as Gale, Faber, Roberts and especially Rolleston) is not content to simply impose the Gospel onto the constellations as an after-thought. Instead, he researches the antediluvian history of these stars, showing how their meanings were much later hijacked by those wishing to impose pagan ideas on the original intentions.
Written in the 19th century makes the book a bit of a tough nut, but the fruit inside makes the effort worthwhile.