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The Star of Bethlehem Compels and Astonishes
See more reviews by Angela Walker, Contributing Writer

Star of Bethlehem5 StarsFor centuries, believers, scoffers and the curious have wondered at the Biblical account of The Star of Bethlehem. The Bible recounts unusual or even impossible astronomical events at Christ’s birth. For many doubters, the account of the Star is easily dismissed as myth. For many believers, it’s a mystery accepted on faith. But what happens if we combine current scriptural accounts, astronomical fact and a desire for truth? The Star of Bethlehem documents the search to understand how the Lord used the stars and planets to reveal His plans for Christ’s birth. Uncover the mystery for yourself.

A Magnificent Obsession
For attorney Rick Larson, the search for the truth about the Star of Bethlehem began as a simple decorating project. Somewhere along the way, he became obsessed with finding the truth about the heavenly body that guided the Wise Men on their journey to Bethlehem.  His own journey of discovery led to the production of a DVD that is stirring interest around the world.

Because of his background as an attorney, Larson is able to present his material in a compelling and eye-opening fashion. He marshaled the facts, made his case, and let it rest in the eyes and minds of the viewers. When you know the depth of his research and complexity of study presented (read our interview with Larson), it's astonishing that his presentation is as clear as it is. That's a testament to his ability to present a case in a clear and concise way. I think I'd hate to be his opponent in a court of law.

There are no flashy production tricks in this documentary. It's pretty simple and focuses mainly on the material of the presentation by Larson. Recorded while he's delivering his presentation to a small audience, there are no bells and whistles to impress technically, which allows the depth and breadth of his research to shine. If you're used to documentaries that flash with unusual graphics and music, this can be a refreshing change.

Great Potential for Future Production
There is a lot that could be done with the material to create a more cinematic offering, but among with other teaching-type DVDs, Star of Bethlehem holds its own. Larson tends to talk pretty quickly when he gets excited, and because he presents so much material, you'll want to pause and rewind the DVD a couple of times so you don't miss any of the fascinating discoveries along the way.

While it's not the flashiest presentation out there, it may be among the best researched, and the conclusion Larson reaches is astonishing. This is something the entire family could watch together, but younger children may not find it particularly entertaining. But if you're looking for educational materials about Christmas and some of the phenomenon surrounding Jesus' birth, this would be a great tool.

Rating
The Star of Bethlehem doesn't have an MPAA rating, but the nature of the subject would probably earn it a PG for thematic elements (that being the birth of Jesus Christ).

Courtesy of the film's producers and distributor, Angela screened a copy of The Star of Bethlehem.


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