Reviewed by Jennifer Bogart
The Star of Bethlehem
"The Star of Bethlehem is a shining example of the work that those who are willing to search the scripture and then look for evidence in the natural world, can accomplish and discover."
Come winter, thoughts around the world turn inexorably to the tiny town of Bethlehem and the remarkable events that took place there over 2,000 years ago. According to the research of lawyer Rick Larson, there’s good reason for this wintry focus on the beloved little town of old. Modern astronomical evidence does point to Bethlehem and December 25th as a date of biblical importance.
Larson’s passion for the star of Bethlehem – the one that prompted the magi of the scriptures to embark upon their journey to visit the newborn King – was spurred by his daughter’s insistence that their Christmas lawn display of the three wise men en route to pay tribute to the infant Jesus be accompanied by a star. Driven to discover whether the star recounted in the Bible was an actual phenomenon, Larson turned first to the word of God to discover the markers he was searching for, before enlisting the aid of historical documents and widely respected astronomical software.
Despite his lack of formal astronomical training, God has chosen this man to reveal a wealth of historical-astronomical research that point to the validity of the star’s appearance and behavior, as well as providing potential dates for key events in the life of Christ.
In a fascinating and informative film, Larson guides viewers through a small-group, lecture-style presentation similar to those he’s been sharing with churches around the world. Presented in front of a small audience in a comfortable, library-like environment, the production quality is excellent. The DVD moves between Larson recounting his personal spiritual journey during his search for answers, and the presentation of these answers to the group with the aid of astronomical software that calculates star movement and correlates it with dates in accordance to the mathematical discoveries of Johannes Keppler (in their refined, current form), whose own search for the star of Bethlehem proved ultimately unfruitful.
The Star of Bethlehem is a shining example of the work that those who are willing to search the scripture and then look for evidence in the natural world, can accomplish and discover. While traditional media certainly won’t be trumpeting these new scientific discoveries, as believers we should certainly pay attention to and promulgate these new advances in the field of science that supports the biblical record.
Featuring a professionally composed and performed score by Julie Davison Larson and produced by Stephen McEveety who produced The Passion of Christ, The Star of Bethlehem bears all the earmarks of a professional production despite its affordable price. The accessible pricing is something I’m thankful for, as the amazing insights into God’s sovereignty, His eternal, foreknown plan of salvation, and His great love are so heart-shattering that this is a DVD you’ll want to share widely with those you love.
If there’s one DVD you shouldn’t miss watching this year, it’s The Star of Bethlehem. I don’t make recommendations like this casually, but I wept through the revelation of God’s greatness, majesty, and mercy, as revealed in the signs He has given us in the heavens. You’ll most certainly recapture a vision of His love; be strengthened in your faith; and above all, rejoice in what He has done for you!
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Jennifer Bogart is a child of God, wife and homeschooling mother of three young children (so far). She writes homeschooling resources with her husband at Bogart Family Resources, and reviews as a creative outlet. Passionately dedicated to promoting the work of Christian authors and artists, her blog Quiverfull Family features reviews, contests, family updates, homeschooling tidbits and well - a bit of everything.