Stephen Vidano Films, Mpower Pictures
From producer Stephen McEveety (The Passion of the Christ) and director Stephen Vidano (Horror short Invisible Enemies) comes the documentary The Star of Bethlehem.
This documentary centers around the personal quest of lawyer Rick Larson and his research of the biblical account surrounding the mysterious “star of Bethlehem.” Larson seeks to answer the question “If the star of Bethlehem really happened, shouldn’t there be some historical, if not scientific evidence for the phenomena?”
Larson’s quest began one Christmas when he set up a Christmas scene on his front lawn depicting the journey of the magi and the star they followed. After years of research, Larson’s findings have led to numerous speaking engagements, thus grabbing the attention of the above filmmakers.
I found the documentary to be very well-filmed and the presentation to be thorough building a sense of anticipation leading up to Larson’s conclusions. Larson has certainly done his homework and his style is very engaging and displaying great aptitude in his conclusions. I appreciate his reverence for the biblical text and his desire to honor God’s Word as authoritative concerning the characteristics of the star (he’s concluded there are nine characteristics from the biblical text).
Larson combines the biblical text with historical evidence as well as evidence from astronomy to conclude that the star the magi saw was the convergence of the planets Jupiter and Venus with the star Regulus that happened in 2 B.C. It is obvious that although his findings are primarily scientific, he in no way intends to reduce or diminish the sovereignty and creativity of God in His orchestrating of these events that announced the birth of Messiah. There is no doubt that Larson’s findings and presentation are interesting and God-centered.
I would propose that a case could be made that the biblical text seems to give a much more supernatural than natural explanation for the star that the magi followed. Matthew 2:9 says, “…and behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was.” Larson has an explanation for this, yet I found his explanation to be unsatisfying in light of the context described in Matthew. I believe that the birth of Christ is surrounded in many circumstances that science and naturalism just fail to reconcile and that the only conclusions point to an amazing God who stands outside of all things natural (e.g. the virgin birth).
All that to say, Rick Larson and the Mpower Pictures team have put together a high quality presentation that seeks to be God-glorifying, yet scientific in its approach in understanding “the star of Bethlehem.” Nonetheless, one can draw different conclusions based on the biblical text that demonstrate something more supernatural than natural. -- Todd Burgett, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Updated DVD with new Features: From Producer Stephen McEveety (The Passion of the Christ) comes an amazing documentary on the Star of Bethlehem. This presentation, has rapidly grown in popularity around the world by thousands who have seen this dramatic revelation as it explores the exciting truth of scripture and reveals the evidence for God s existence as seen in the stars above. Presenter Rick Larson walks you through Biblical and historical clues revealing the incredible significance of this celestial event as well as the vastness of God s creativity. Features: Produced by Stephen McEveety (Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ) Dramatic presentation on the significance of Bethlehem s Star and its connection to the life of Christ. Bonus Features: English with the added feature to view with Spanish sub-titles, Closed Caption added, Region zero perfect for international customers.