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First Nativity Scene - Drive Thru History

Drive Thru History with Dave Stotts® is a fun, fast-paced, content-rich history show that speeds through ancient civilizations, the Holy Land, and the founding of America.

The first Nativity scene probably occurred at a location now covered by the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Remarkably, scholars consider this the oldest standing church in Israel. Originally built by Emperor Constantine's mother, Helena, in the 4th century, Emperor Justinian rebuilt the current structure in the mid-6th century. Later, the Persians spared the church when they were conquering the area in the early 7th century. Even though they were destroying everything with Christian connections, they came into the Church of the Nativity, looked up, and saw depictions of the Magi – the Wise Men in the Christmas story -- on the walls. The invaders realized these guys looked just like them, so they protected the church in honor of their likely ancestors.

Length: 2mins

Dave Stotts career in documentary production has taken him to nearly 30 countries to shoot and edit films on a wide variety of topics, including history, science, religion, homeland security, and Bible archaeology. In addition to writing and videography, Dave’s primary role in media creation is in the editor’s chair, assembling videos and crafting animations. Storytelling is the driving force behind his work. From tracing the history of strategic missile defense in 33 Minutes, to exploring scientific controversies in Icons of Evolution, to highlighting the contributions of Western Civilization in Drive Thru History, telling a visually-engaging and content-rich story is what animates Dave.

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