History’s
Most Celebrated and Debated Star Proven: Lawyer, Professor Uses the
Bible alongside History and Science to Verify Existence of the
Christmas Phenomenon

Contact: Kristin U. Cole, 972-267-1111

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 16 /Christian Newswire/
— For centuries, historians, scientists and scholars have debated the
existence of the Star of Bethlehem in the Biblical telling of Christ’s
birth. Now the existence of this celebrated, yet debated, Star has been
proven by Texas lawyer and professor, Rick Larson, in the documentary,
“The Star of Bethlehem,” available on DVD Oct. 23 at national online
retailers and local Christian bookstores, distributed by Mpower
Pictures and Genius Products.

“Historically,
people have taken two positions on the Star,” said Larson. “Either they
believe the Star is true or they think it was made up by the early
Church. I took a different approach in my research and treated the Star
as a mystery or puzzle, looking at the Bible and comparing the facts of
Scripture with facts from science and history.”

Larson’s quest for
answers began from a simple effort to produce an accurate, visual
portrayal of the Star in his yard for Christmas. This sent him into a
whirl of questions that many people ask each time the Christmas story
is told. What did this Star look like? Where did it come from? How did
it lead the wise men directly to “this” Child?

His investigation
took him on a journey through historical documents, scientific findings
and numerous theories to discover a celestial event pointing to the
vastness of God’s creativity.

“God began leading
me on a journey and unveiling answers to me beyond my own
understanding,” Larson said. “That God would ask someone not trained in
astronomy to do this still amazes me.”

Using astronomer
Johannes Kepler’s map of the solar system, Josephus’s calendaring
system and Imaginova’s state-of-the-art Starry Night® software,
Larson pinpointed the year of the Star’s appearance. While most
astronomers researching the Star only look to the sky, Larson took his
findings a step further by utilizing a critical piece in the puzzle
– the Scriptures from the Book of Matthew.

Larson’s in-depth
study of Matthew led him to nine distinguishing characteristics of the
Star that helped explain its existence. These features of the Star
included that it signified birth; signified kingship; had a connection
with the Jewish nation; rose in the East; appeared at a precise time;
was unbeknownst to Herod; endured over time; was ahead of the Magi as
they went south from Jerusalem to Bethlehem; and stopped directly over
the city of Bethlehem.

The Biblical
characteristics pointed to the Star being a natural occurrence.
Larson’s study of wandering stars, or planets, and slow retrograde
motion, created a breaking point in his research. Larson discovered
that in 3 and 2 B.C., Jupiter, known for ages as the “King Planet,”
held the nine characteristics of the Star.

Having made this
momentous discovery about Jupiter, Larson continued his study of the
stars, only to find another significant link to the starry sky and
April 3, 33 A.D., the day Larson believes Christ was crucified on the
cross.

“After discovering
all of this, I looked up at the sky and said, ‘My God, what did you
do?’ Larson said. “This was poetry of terrible beauty. What the Creator
revealed to me was something about His vast plan. He wrote poetry in
the sky to record both the coming and passing of Christ.”

Larson has
personally presented these findings to tens of thousands in the U.S.
and Europe. “The Star of Bethlehem” DVD will be available Oct. 23 at
Family Christian, Lifeway, Berean, and Mardel Stores nationwide or your
favorite national online retailer. For more information, isit www.StarOfBethlehemTheMovie.com.

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