Famous Christmas Carols – Story Behind the Carol – “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem”


“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the One who has been born King of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.’ Matthew 2:1-2

“Beautiful Star of Bethlehem” was written in 1938 by a Tennessee dairy farmer, R. Fisher Boyce and was first published in 1940 by the Vaughan Company. The song was printed in the company’s song-book, “Beautiful Praise”.

One year later “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem” was printed as song #1 in the 1941 book “Singing Star”, also published by James D. Vaughan….

The entire story of this beautiful song is found at Joop’s Musical Flowers Blogspot. It is a touching and personal story and I urge readers to go there and read the entire story.

For those Tennesseans, and others who love Bluegrass music:

Thanking God for Jesus who was born “In Bethlehem in Judea…” as was foretold in Numbers 24:17:

I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel…



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