Sunday, July 25, 2010

What's In The Bible 3: Wanderin' in the Desert

"And the Levites were the guys who made my blue jeans?"
-Ian

Our favorite characters from the first two What's In The Bible? DVDs are back and as cute and quirky as ever, while still teaching more in depth Bible knowledge than is usually found in a show for kids.  This time they're covering the books of Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.  Having just finished reading through these books myself, that is not an easy task!

These are repetitive books, full of sometimes eyebrow raising laws and instructions for sacrificial offerings.  Phil Vischer (creator of Veggie Tales and mastermind behind this new series) asks some of the same questions I had while reading Leviticus through Deuteronomy, for example- what's with all the death penalties? Although some things are just plain difficult to understand, he explains it fairly well.  On the other hand, Sunday School Lady's explaination for the Levitical laws left me wanting.  By separating the laws into two sections (and who decides what goes where?), she leaves out the fact that many, many of the rules were health based and designed to protect them from disease. The reality of the advanced medical knowledge is awe inspiring and seems to be more clearly supported in Scripture than the creation of ritual vs. ethical categories.


Obviously, this series could be used in the homeschool setting for Bible time.  It would be a wonderful addition to a study of the Old Testament and/or the Tabernacle.  I remember spending a year on Old Testament History way back when, using The Greenleaf Guide to the Old Testament.  What a phenomenal resource these DVD's would have been at that time!  They would compliment your current Bible study or could stand on their own for family Bible time.

But is there another way a homeschool family could utilize this?  Of course!  Homeschoolers are nothing if not creative and many a unit study mom could find several jumping off points right from this third DVD.  Vischer briefly talks about the "Age of Science", which could lead well into further study of the early 1800's.  He touches on myths and legends, as well as archaeology.  The bonus features contain an extra excerpt regarding DNA, theories that dismiss God as creator (aliens anyone?), Einstein, and Dr. Andrew Flew. 

Speaking of bonus features, there is a super cute The Pentateuch sing along that highlights the main event of each book.   Michael (the minivan kid) even gets an extra "deleted scene".  Love him.  I was very glad to receive the actual DVD, as opposed to the "advanced reviewers copy", as I had access to these extras.  They're worth watching.

Check out the What's In The Bible? site for info; including where you can purchase these, what's coming next and when, blog posts, polls and more.



*Disclosure: This DVD was provided by Tyndale at no cost, for review purposes.*


1 comment:

Michelle Smith said...

I agree that this is a really good DVD for kids. Kudos to Tyndale for sending the actual DVD with the bonus features this time. Since we received it while on vacation we have been able to view it repeatedly on the laptop and all my kids like it!

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