The Star of Bethlehem continues to astound

The Star of Bethlehem largeType “the star of Bethlehem” into an internet search engine and—probably somewhere near the top—you’ll see the DVD listing of THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM. Even though this documentary 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 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 this critically acclaimed DVD documentary,THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM, from producer Stephen McEveety of MPower Pictures (The Passion of the Christ) as well as in live presentations around the globe.

Exploring the truth of Scripture and revealing the evidence for God’s existence as seen in the stars above, through THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM, Rick Larson walks audiences through biblical and historical clues revealing the incredible significance of this celestial event as well as the vastness of God’s creativity.

When asked whether this research was verified by an expert, Larson shared an interesting story.

“During the middle of my research, I was outdoors looking up at the sky and the thought occurred to me, Rick, you’re not an astronomer. You’d better have your research looked at by an astronomer. I thought that was a good idea. The next night, the same thought occurs to me and I think, Oh wait; this could be the Lord.

“The next day at work, I’m sitting at my desk trying to practice law, and the thought occurs to me again. I think, Okay, okay. I stand up, because I know I’m supposed to do something right now. I’m thinking, Where do I find an astronomer? I grew up in Los Angeles, so I thought I would call the Griffith Observatory. I was in the process of getting that phone number, when my phone rings. This is exactly how it happened.

“There’s a guy on the other end of the line. His name is Roger; I wouldn’t call him a friend, I’ve never had a meal with him or anything like that, but he knows me. He says, ‘Rick, what would you think about having an astronomer look at your program?’

I said, ‘Roger, I think that’s a fine idea.’ So Roger puts me in touch with not just any astronomer; he puts me in touch with the planetary astronomer in the nation. He’s the guy who founded NASA’s planetary astronomy department. He wrote the book on planetary astronomy called, “Planetary Astronomy.” He’s an older man, rather crusty, with a thousand opinions on everything and a right to every single one of them.

“I do the presentation for him privately in my office. He’s up and down like a Jack-in-the-Box, telling me this and telling me that. Which is fine, because that is what I wanted him for; if I’m doing something wrong, please tell me. In the second third [portion] of the presentation, he’s quieting down, and the last third, he’s saying nothing.

“I finished the presentation and left the final screen up. He’s staring at the screen, not saying a word, which felt rather awkward. Then I blew it; I’m convinced that the Holy Spirit was talking to him. I said, ‘Well, what do you think?’

“He still didn’t say anything; he just stared at the screen. Then he stood up and said, ‘That’s an excellent presentation,’ and he’s walking to the door. He doesn’t want to talk about it. He kept saying, ‘That’s an excellent presentation! An excellent presentation!’

“My office was in a bank building that had an open stairwell. He was going down the stairwell and shouting back up over his shoulder, ‘An excellent presentation! An excellent presentation!’

“So, my research has been vetted at the highest level. What I am doing is not disputable on facts. It’s like a connect-the-dot picture. You can connect the dots and choose not to see the ducky on the page. It’s like that; you’d have to make a mental effort not to connect these dots once they’re laid out. It’s obvious there’s order here, it’s obvious that God did something for us to find.

All of the astronomers that have looked at [the presentation] are fascinated, because they’ve never seen a story told in the stars.”

The astronomers are not the only ones who find this documentary fascinating. The DVD remains a bestseller on Amazon, with over 700 reviews on Amazon, averaging 5 stars. Larson states that conservatively, THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM has now been seen by 100,000,000 people. He goes on to add that either he or the DVD has been interviewed or seen on numerous television networks, including ABC, CBS, NBC, EWTN, TBN, CBN, FOX, PBS and BBC.

When he’s not teaching or practicing law, or giving live presentations of THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM, Larson is busy working on his next documentary. With a working title of Christ Quake, it explores the geophysical evidence behind the earthquake that occurred at the moment of Christ’s death on the Cross. Larson says he’s hoping to have it available to the public in 2015. For more information on this new documentary, including the teaser trailer, visit