The Star of Bethlehem
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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.
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Thank you for pointing out the differences in the Greek and Latin versions of Josephus; I looked up that author's paper on the subject and was blessed. Everyone here can purchase a copy of it by buying "Chronos Kairos Christos II" Sep 1, 1998. The article on Josephus' dating variants is included as one of the chapters of this book and it is available here on Amazon.
I loved this video, and I cried. I cry still when I watch it. Rick is right, the "scholars" don't treat the Bible seriously. I am not Seminary taught either, but I too have made some discoveries about the Gospels that are entirely unique to my work. My work, amazingly, matches Rick's work to a T. I hope that when I publish, soon, that I will be able to share my discoveries with Mr. Larson personally. I want to let him know what an encouragement his work has been to me. I hope to be looking you up soon, Rick.
To everyone else, buy 10 copies, and give them away as gifts. Have your entire congregation watch this video together at a Sunday night service. Watch it over and over until you can explain it to your co-workers, friends and family. This is truly a wonderful work of scholarship.
The main occupation of the Magi was their interpretation of things they considered divine. They principally dealt with the evaluation of dreams, visions and astronomical signs. Astrological interpretation was of special importance to them. The temple of Belus in the city of Babylon was in their care. In particular, they were advisors to kings and princes.
Though Herod would have had his own court astrologers, he must have paid particular attention to what the respected Magian professionals from the east had to say about a newborn Jewish king. Their interpretations were especially sought out by prominent people because of the Magian influence in the royal courts of the east. In fact, the Magi were in such high regard in Parthia that some even became kings. Even the Magi who came to Jesus were also considered as being "princes" or "kings" in some early accounts. But when the Magi came to Jerusalem, they arrived to do homage to the new Jewish king and to give gifts to him. In the next century, Tiridates of the order of the Magi did the same thing when he visited the emperor Nero. It is no wonder that the arrival of such Magi caused great interest to Herod and Jerusalem.
In explaining to King Herod why they came to do homage to the new Jewish king, the Magi said, "We saw his star...." The Greek denotes it wasn't merely "in the east" that the Magi observed it. [So, our version of Matthew's Gospel is accurate: "We saw his star at its rising" (Mt 2:2) or "when it rose."]
Scholars realize that the Greek words employed by Matthew to record this event were the ordinary ones then used in Greek literature to describe the regular rising of the stars or planets. The plain meaning of the words suggest that the Magi had witnessed a "star" rise above the eastern horizon when making their normal pre-dawn observations of the heavens.
It was one "star" that intrigued them, though it must have been in some unusual relationship or aspect with other celestial bodies. The Magi were so impressed that they made their long, difficult journey to Jerusalem with costly gifts to present to the new king. After hearing their account, King Herod and all Jerusalem were equally persuaded that the "star" was significant.
What did they see?
First, remember: the position of the planets and stars can be calculated with accuracy back through history.
Computations, now used in planetariums, are able to show and explain what they saw. This DVD picks up there and does a fantastic job of it.
Quality of the video is not bad for what it is. Production is decent. It's mostly done in lecture style, but it kept my attention throughout and mixed in decent graphics and interview footage. Highly recommended.