In Nazareth over two thousand years ago sixteen year old old Mary is seen by rabbis to be of an age to wed.Her parents Joachim and Anna reject an elderly,rich widower in favour of Joseph,a poor but hard-working young carpenter. The couple are betrothed and,as Joseph builds their marital home,they fall in love but one night Mary is visited by Gabriel,an angel, who tells her that she is the 'chosen one'. Meanwhile Babylonian astronomers Caspar,Melchior and Balthasar anticipate the appearance of the long prophesied Balaam's star,said to herald the birth of a new king whilst in Bethlehem young shepherd Thomas and his wife Leah struggle to pay their taxes to Herod. Thomas and his rabbi agree that a leader should come from God to ease their burden.
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