TheStarphotoType “Star of Bethlehem” into an internet search engine and—probably somewhere near the top—you’ll see the listing of The Star of Bethlehem. Even though this DVD has been out for years, it continues to be one of the top selling documentaries in the world.

The Star of Bethlehem is a presentation by lawyer and law professor Rick Larson. While preparing to teach a class on the elements of the faith for his church, Larson became intrigued by whether the star mentioned in Matthew’s gospel was an actual event. This mystery sent Larson on an intensive search—using historical records and modern scientific research—for the truth.

The results of this research is the content of the critically acclaimed DVD documentary, The Star of Bethlehem, from producer Stephen McEveety of MPower Pictures (The Passion of the Christ) as well as the live presentations Larson gives around the globe. Exploring the truth of Scripture and revealing the evidence for God’s existence as seen in the stars above, Larson walks audiences through biblical, scientific and historical clues revealing the incredible significance of this celestial event as well as the vastness of God’s creativity.

Larson’s research for The Star of Bethlehem has been vetted by scientists. The Former Chief of Planetary Astronomy, NASA, and Technical Editor, Sky and Telescope Magazine, calls it, “Well researched and reasonable.” The President, American Association for the Advancement of Science said it was, “Wide-ranging and insightful scholarship.”

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For the last several years, Larson has been working on a new project. The Christ Quake explores the science, history and Scripture surrounding the earthquake on the day of Jesus’ crucifixion.

The Christ Quake 2012 Trailer from Bethlehem Star on Vimeo.

When asked about his two projects, Larson said,

“Arguably, there are two greatest events in Christianity. The first must be the Incarnation, when God came to live with us as Jesus. We celebrate this event as Christmas, and God chose to announce it in the stars. He also chose to leave enough clues in Scripture for us to demonstrate today that Christ’s Star was real. The fact that it is God’s chosen way to announce the Advent may be why The Star of Bethlehem DVD continues to bring joy year after year. We are reliving God’s announcement! 

The second greatest event in Christianity must be the Cross. We celebrate Jesus’ death and resurrection at Easter. But it was on the Cross where the terrible work was done. It is on the Cross that Jesus announced the good news: “Tetelestai!” “It is finished! Paid in full!” He told us from within His agony that His mission to earth was a success. God agreed, He chose to mark this success by shaking the very earth. He also chose to leave clues sufficient for us to demonstrate today that this earthquake happened. It is our goal in making the film The Christ Quake to share with the world that this second greatest event left evidence as did the first. Again, we can relive God the Father’s announcement!

It is with humility and joy that we bring objective, historical, scientific evidence of these two greatest events to the screen. Evidence that ties Jesus, both His arrival and His success, to space and time and history.”

The Christ Quake is tentatively scheduled to be released in Spring 2016.