The Star of Bethlehem (Mpower Pictures) is a fine Christian documentary chronicling Rick Larson’s use of contemporary astronomical software in conjunction with historical sources (both Christian and non-) to locate the position of various heavenly bodies during major biblical events. Larson, an attorney, argues that the Star of Bethlehem may very well have been the planet Jupiter, which, due to a unique combination of its alignment with other stars, position in orbit, and retrograde motion, would have shown the characteristics of the star in the east seen by the Magi (Matt. 2:2). Larson also provides an interpretation of one of John’s visions in Revelation, suggesting that John was actually describing astronomical phenomena that occurred at the time of Christ’s birth.
Larson states that his project started while he was preparing to teach a Sunday school class on the essentials of Christianity, in which he wished to include a section on “external evidences.” He describes these as extra-biblical but verifiable sources that help prove the historical accuracy of biblical events. The film relies on external evidences to argue that the Gospel accounts are historically accurate. A genuinely thought-provoking film.
“We saw His star in the east and we have come to worship Him” (Matthew 2:2) The biblical report in the Gospel of Matthew tells a story of wise men reporting to Herod about a “King” born somewhere in Judea. They were queried about the exact time this star appeared. Can we actually unlock the mystery of the world’s most famous star? If this was an actual event – can there possibly be historical and scientific evidence for the Star of Bethlehem, the star followed by Magi from the east? These questions have perplexed mankind for over two thousand years. Now, from producer Stephen McEveety (The Passion of the Christ) comes an amazing documentary on the mystical Star of Bethlehem. This presentation explores the exciting story in scripture and examines evidence for God’s existence as seen in the heavens. Commentator Rick Larson walks you through Biblical, historical, and scientific clues revealing the incredible significance of this celestial event and the vastness of God’s creativity. The old carol spoke about it: “O, star of wonder, star of might, star with royal beauty bright, westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light.” If there was a real star over the skies of Judea when Jesus of Nazareth was born, perhaps there are scientific answers to prove it. We should now be able to use our advanced computer technology to go back in time and see what happened – and discern exactly where certain stars were in the sky. Could this Star have actually existed and pointed to the birth of the Savior? Sit back, watch the heavens and see what was going on when Jesus was born…