Discovering the Bible
This four-part series is a basic introduction to the Bible for those who have little or no background but is also a stimulating refresher for those who have long loved the Bible but never explored the incredible story of where the Bible actually came from and how it was passed on to us. Some highlights included in the four programs:1. "Getting Acquainted" looks at how the Bible is a book like none other in the history of the world, its continuing influence, how it came to be written, how it is organized, and how it is intended for all, and deals with questions we all face.2. "The Old Testament" explores its amazing development, a collection that took over a thousand years to write, how it is revered by Jews as a love letter from God, how it is organized, the Dead Sea scrolls, and fascinating evidence of how the scribes accurately preserved the texts over centuries.3. "The New Testament" looks at its relationship with the Old, how it is organized, the writing methods of the period, why and how the New Testament came to be written, whether we can trust the Gospels as the actual words of Jesus, and how the New Testament canon was formed.4. "Survival, Spread and Influence" shows the Bible's influence in the development of Western civilization, how it survived despite repeated attempts to destroy it, how the Bible was taught in the Middle Ages, the recovery of Scripture for the laity, and how the Bible has transformed individual lives across the centuries.Accompanying guide, worksheets and color booklet in PDF are included on the DVD and can be accessed through your computer's DVD-ROM drive.
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However, let me begin by noting that Amazon.co.uk has mistakenly labelled it "Region 1: US Import." Now, it may be imported from the USA, and may be NTSC format, so I cannot say if it will work on PAL there in the UK (I am reviewing this from the USA, on behalf of my friends in the UK who are wondering about this video). However, I have the DVD case in front of me, and it clearly states on the back cover "Coded for All Regions." So the "Region 1" designation is a mistake, and any DVD player or computer should not have any problems with it because of THAT particular restriction. Furthermore, the Amazon.com (USA) website has it correctly labeled "All Regions" as well. So the only question I would have--which those of you in the UK should know better than I do--is whether an NTSC video format will play on your PAL systems and/or computers.
That said...let me tell you about this amazing video...
It is composed of four half-hour episodes, making two hours of program total. This production is very good--and comprehensive, for such a short set of episodes! There are some great scenes from the Holy Land (Israel), and use of movie clips to illustrate various points made. So it is truly entertaining to watch, and again, the entire family can enjoy it.
The four episodes are (descriptions derived from the back cover):
(1) Getting Acquainted: It's the all-time best-seller since the beginning of printing. It has produced passionate controversy for centuries. What is the book that is like none other in the history of the world? Where did it come from? What does it consist of? Does it still speak to us today?
(2) The Old Testament: An ancient book? Yes, but far more! It's a kind of love letter and a still-living legacy that shaped the identity of a unique people. What about the Dead Sea Scrolls? The accurate preservation of the contents over millennia underscores the marvel of these writings.
(3) The New Testament: It's a book that centers on Jesus. But how do we know we have the actual words of Jesus? How were the books of the New Testament gathered and selected? What's it all about? How does the New Testament build upon but differ from the Old Testament?
(4) Survival, Spread, and Influence: Despite attempts of tyrants to destroy it, the Bible has endured and become the most translated and circulated book ever. It was translated into various art forms and given to us in English through heroic efforts. It's the book that influenced the lives that influenced the world.
The documentary episodes are absolutely wonderful, the Holy Land videos beautiful--and the experts they interview bring forth some fascinating facts. Furthermore, the DVD goes a long way toward refuting the many critics of the modern Bible translations--to include what I call the "King James Cult"--by giving the history of the texts. The New Testament episode also reveals how the earliest Christians used the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Old Testament Scriptures) within their worship services, and that the apostles who wrote the New Testament (NT) were CITING from the Septuagint when quoting from the Books of Moses, Psalms, the writings of the prophets, and etc., within their NT writings. A very intriguing portion of that same episode is how papyrus "paper" was made, and the fact that the New Testament writings were produced in a form known as a "codex," which was essentially the invention of bound books (i.e. rather than making them in the form of scrolls, or leaving them as sheets).
Anyway...I could go on and on. In short, this DVD is a favorite in our home, and I believe it will be in yours as well.
For some additional apologetics materials, I would highly recommend any of the following, in addition to this DVD above:
Discerning Truth: Exposing Errors in Evolutionary Arguments
The Ultimate Proof of Creation: Resolving the Origins Debate
Why Do Men Believe Evolution Against All Odds?
And this following book has a DVD video available on Amazon.co.uk, but I cannot seem to get Amazon's "insert a product" feature on this comment field to locate it. So let me provide you the book link, and from there you can probably find the DVD and investigate it as well: Starlight and Time: Solving the Puzzle of Distant Starlight in a Young Universe (Note: The region of the DVD is not indicated by Amazon.co.uk.)
Enjoy! Cheers to all in the UK!
Always in Jesus,
-Rev. Rich Vermillion
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If you're very familiar with the Bible in the original mss then it will still be useful, to see how far God has grown you. Makes your heart ache all the more for those still in spiritual poverty. Pray.
There's no controversy here. First section is orientation from a factual perspective of the Bible's impact on history, irrespective of whether you believe it's from God. No pressure. Second, is about the OT; third, about the NT, and finally a very brief recap of the Reformation (again with no blamesmanship). Focus remains on the historical impact of the Book with no claim made nor denied as to Divine Provenance. So whatever your beliefs, you won't be offended.
Even so, there's a fair amount of meat in here, and Mr Boulter's speaking style is easy on the ear, and soul. I didn't find anything inaccurately said; which for me, is a first (usually I find many mistakes in any presentation of Bible or its history). Hence, five stars.
Confirmation of the series is newly found in Matt24-25, see my Matt24 playlist in Youtube (nickname Brain Outy). We just learned that the Chapter (not 2, in Greek) is a syllable-by-year future 'calendar' of history to 3250 AD, and are still vetting the conclusions. So Mr Boulter's video's focus on the import of the Reformation, is actually cleverly prophesied in Matt24:42ff, which my playlist covers. Scholars don't know about it yet; but in a generation or two, this paragraph's content will be common knowledge.