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.
Since this is a popular level talk, proper documentation is missing (although a good bit can be found on the author's bethlehem star website). I wish the DVD producers had added a page or two of supporting citations for the various assertions made in the DVD -- I say this as a scientist who is interested in such things. For one thing, the talk implies that the speaker had stumbled on the crucifixion eclipse on his own, but the information he gives was first (I believe) presented by Humphreys and Waddington (Oxford) in a paper published in Nature in 1983 -- see the Wikipedia article on the Crucifixion of Jesus.
I must admit that the heavy use of the names for prominent constellations and planets - Leo, Virgo, Ram (noted in the "additional material"), Jupiter, and the star Regulus -- in support of his work is a bit startling at first, but on reflection it is probably legitimate -- after all, constellation names are mentioned in the Bible (while at the same time it condemns astrology). It is perhaps natural that a person who looks to the heavens to discern the signs, times and seasons would use star patterns and name them as a mnemonic aid. From my investigations, it appears that the origins of the constellation names is buried so far back in ancient times that nobody knows where they first arose.
Without explicitly saying so, this DVD makes some important theological observations. First, it is incredible that the star configurations that heralded Jesus' birth and mourned his death are just happenstance. God must have planned them from eternity past -- therefore the factual content says a lot about God's foreknowledge (and puts the lie to the notion that he can't look into or control future events) and about predestination.
Second, it is remarkable that the significance of the prophet Joel's and the Apostle Peter's reference to a "moon of blood" (a common ancient term for a lunar eclipse) was apparently lost to the church for nearly 2000 years. And its recent rediscovery testifies to God's use of modern science to proclaim his glory and handiwork to the modern world.
Third, the reference to the lunar eclipse in Acts 2:20 is a strong confirmation of the historical accuracy and historicity of this account, and should refute the claims by many critics that the events of Jesus' life are historical fiction.
In summary, this is an excellent DVD. It should be in the library of every evangelical church, and should be a strong challenge to those thinking people who see the Gospel account of Jesus' life as mere fabricated folk lore. My only regret is that the video production is relatively amateurish. The compelling and attractive subject matter deserves a more professional production.
Added Sep09: Here is my take on the issue of whether the retrograde change in direction of Jupiter on December 25, 1 BC satisfies the observation in Matthew that "it came to rest over the place where the child was."
First, the word for "place" is quite indefinite: it doesn't mean "house" as some versions say -- it might just mean that the direction change occurred towards the South, over Bethlehem, as the Magi were on the 5 mile trek from Jerusalem, in a sort of confirmation of the Micah prophecy that they had just heard. Of course the "mathematician" in the group would have known this already, it is not something he could actually observe visually (I assume). The confirmation consists in learning from Herod's query that Bethlehem is the "place" and the fact that Jupiter was at that time "stopped" -- in the South, on a compass (!) direction that passed directly over Bethlehem.
Second, Bethlehem was a small town (by modern standards), perhaps at most a few thousand people. In keeping with the times, almost everyone knew everyone else. The family had been there for over 6 months, and they were in any case related to most of the residents in the town.
Third, the wisemen knew the exact date that the star appeared the previous June. There probably was only one, and couldn't have been more than 2-3 infants that would be the right age. All they had to do was ask around, just as I do if I want to know where the farmstand is when I get to an unfamiliar town.
So, in conclusion, I consider this a non-issue, and certainly the star "stopping" does not require a miraculous intervention by God. The Jupiter direction change is more than enough.