Wednesday, July 7, 2010

What’s in the Bible? (Review)

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What’s in the Bible is a new DVD series from VeggieTales creator, Phil Vischer, designed to walk kids and families through the entire Bible. The third DVD of the 13 DVD series has just been released. This episode covers Leviticus through Deuteronomy and focuses on God’s rules (What are they and why are they there? Do they apply to us today?) and Israel’s 40 year “time out.”

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My family has always been a big fan of VeggieTales, so we were eager to take a look at this new series. I am happy to report that the videos are very entertaining. Even I laughed my way through them. Like VeggieTales, they are entertaining for the whole family. The fast-paced presentation covers facts about the Bible—Where did it come from? Who wrote it? How old is it? It also quickly covers the stories of the Bible—not in great detail, but in summary fashion, enabling the viewer to see how it all fits together. And most importantly, it covers the theology of the Bible—What is sin? What is grace? What is repentance? The viewer will understand that the Bible is not just a bunch of unrelated stories, but one large story telling of God’s plan and His grace.

I am considering how to make this series part of our homeschool curriculum. We studied the New Testament this year. I think that next year, we will start reading and studying the Old Testament while watching these DVDs to deepen Emily’s understanding.

I highly recommend this series and will be watching for future DVDs in the series to come out over the next months.image

Phil Vischer continues to pursue innovative new ways to integrate faith and storytelling through his new company, Jellyfish Labs. His projects include Jelly Telly, which provides faith-based daily programming via the internet at JellyTelly.com.  

Free review copies of the first three “What’s in the Bible” DVDs were provided to me by Tyndale House Publishers in order to write this review. All opinions are my own.

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