The creator of Veggie Tales, Phil Vischer has now developed a brand new series that will take families through the entire Bible in 13 DVD's. What's In The Bible began in March 2010 and now has three DVD's currently on the market.
About The Videos:
“In the Beginning” (DVD 1) contains two 25-minute episodes.
Part 1: “What is the Bible?” How is it put together? Kids learn alongside Buck Denver, Sunday School Lady, Brother Louie, and the crew that the Bible tells the story of God and what He’s done for us.
Part 2: “Who wrote the Bible?” Next, Buck and friends learn how God inspired people to write the Bible. They also learn how the first part of Genesis sets the stage for the rest of the Bible – and all of history!
“Let My People Go” (DVD 2) contains two 25-minute episodes.
Part 1: “Who chose the books in the Bible?” Buck Denver and friends learn how the Old Testament and New Testament books were chosen to be in the Bible. They also dive into the second part of Genesis to learn how God used a family to launch His big rescue plan!
Part 2: “What is salvation?” Learn words like “salvation” and “redemption” as we dive into God’s big rescue plan – how He saved the Israelites from Egypt and how He wants to save us from sin – a tiny word that causes huge trouble.
"Wanderin' in the Desert" (DVD 3) contains two 25-minute episodes.
Part 1: "Don't lie, don't cheat ... don't TRIM YOUR BEARD?" The Old Testament is full of rules, and some of them are kind of, well, weird. Learn why God gave all these rules to Israel and which ones still apply to us today.
Part 2: "What is a 'Pentateuch'?" Learn about Israel's 40-year "time-out" as we finish the first five books of the Bible! Plus, discover why we can believe what the Bible says - even though we weren't there to see it happen!
About Phil Vischer:
In 1990, 24-year-old computer-animator Phil Vischer sat down to create a group of characters that could teach Christian values to kids in a delightfully different way. A tomato named Bob and a cucumber named Larry were born. VeggieTales would go on to revolutionize Christian filmmaking, selling more than 50 million videos and placing Phil’s faith-filled stories in one in every three American households with young children. Phil 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
All three DVD's in the What's In The Bible series thus far are full of fun, whimsical and catchy music, while the lessons are taught in easy to understand and comprehend language. At times there is a lot of talking, which did not really appeal to my young children (only ages 2 and 3.5) but they LOVED the music (and there was a lot within each DVD) and danced up a storm. All three DVD's will be great for families to use for devotion/Bible Time, as well I know these would be perfect for Children's Ministry within Churches as well as for homeschooling.
I am not formally homeschooling my children,as they are still quite young, but we will be watching these DVD's on a regular basis as part of our Bible teaching time. I can see the potential for those who homeschool to use these DVD's as part of there Bible Curriculum. There are many ways to draw from the episodes to enhance Bible lessons, for example learning concept words like canon, testament and Pentateuch.
My children cannot sit through the entire two sessions that are on each DVD, but when I only showed them one episode at a time, they were able to attend more successfully. Of course, the material is designed for children 8-12 (from a subject comprehension point) however, younger children will also enjoy the puppets, music and the silly antics of all the fun characters seen throughout the DVD's.
If you are looking for a fun way to introduce your children to the Bible, this is a perfect way to do so. All three DVD's will make wonderful gifts for anytime of the year, and I look forward to seeing the rest of the series.
BUY IT: You can purchase the What's In The Bible series, including the newest release, Wanderin' In The Desert, online through the What's In The Bible website. It is also available through your local Christian Bookseller.
***Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers for providing me with complimentary copies of all three DVD's for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated in any other manner***