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Table of Contents

An Introduction to Scripture for Junior High Students

 

The Bible-What’s It All About?

With Jim Auer

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Jim Auer, enthusiastic junior high teacher, brings to this series of 6 short video presentations all classroom creativity and rapport young people.

1. Where Did It Come From?

A General warm-up: the who, what, when of the Bible.

2. Who Wrote It?

A discussion of how the needs and traditions of various communities influenced the authors and the intent of biblical writings, plus an explanation of “inspiration.”

3. Did It Really Happen Like That?

A consideration of the difference between “truth” and historical “fact”; and of the truth communicated trough “symbol” and “myth.”

4. What Is The Old Testament?

A discussion of “covenant” and review of the main types of Old Testament writing, including the nature of Creation narratives.

5. What Is The New Testament?

An explanation of the New Testament as centered on the Good News of the risen Jesus: a brief look at how the Gospels came to be, at the nature of Acts and the Epistles, as well as the purpose and intent of Revelation.

6. How does It Help Me Get Closer to God?

A look at Bible not only as a record of belief but as an invitation to believe. The Bible and the teaching tradition of the Church, the Bible how to read and pray it, ending with a dramatizied meditation on Paul’s description of the Church as the Body of Christ.

Time: 180min

 

Everyone, Everywhere

Time: 10:50min.

 Part 1 - Time: 66 min.

 Part 2 - Time: 90 min.

 

What Is The Bible?

Written by Jack Rathschmidt, O.F.M., CAP

The Bible is the story of God’s unending faithfulness and friendship with us. Through different kinds of writings and literature, the Bible keeps alive the hope that not only will God companion us, but when we lose our way, that God will help us find our way home again.

“I made you, I love you. I am with you. Even though you wander far from me, I will be your friend. Be my faithful people.”

The story of God’s love for us has two parts in the Bible. In the Hebrew Scriptures (God’s loving relationship with Israel) we learn the story through the Law (Torah), Historical Books, Wisdom Books and Prophetic Books.

In the Christian Scripture (God’s loving relationship with us in Jesus) we learn the story through the Gospels, Acts of the Apostles, Letters and the Book of Revelation.

This video helps children deepen their appreciation and understanding of the Bible as God’s’ Word for their daily lives and helps them realize that God’s friendship with us will never end.

Study guide includes directions for use, activities, prayer celebrations and prayers.

Grades 5-8.

Time: 15min.

Understanding the Bible

Part I

I. God’s Word: An Invitation (30 min.)

II. God’s People Respond: Law and Worship (30 min.)

III. Leaders of God’s People: Priests, Kings and Prophets (30 min.)

Part II

I. God’s Word in God’s Church (30 min.)

II. God’s Word in Human Words (30 min.)

III. God’s Word: Light in Our Darkness (30 min.)

 

Fr. Stephen Doyle, OFM

Father Stephen Doyle, OFM, STL, SSL, is a Scripture scholar and Professor of Sacred Scripture at Pope John XXIII National Seminary for Delayed Vocations in Weston, Massachussetts. Father Doyle has lectured in Canada, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Jamaica, Ireland, Japan and widely throughout the United States. He also directs yearly retreat-study pilgrimages to the Holy Land for those involved in the ministry of the Church. Father Doyle speaks with humor, enthusiasm, prayerfulness, and a depth of scholarship that draw his audience into the religious experience and human history which gave rise to Sacred Scripture.

The Bible

...In the Beginning

The greatest stories of the Old Testament are brought to the screen with astounding scope and power in this international film which depicts the first 22 chapters of Genesis. This is the spectacular story of man’s creation, his fall, his survival and his indomitable faith in the future. Matching the epic scale of the production are performances by George c. Scott as Abraham, Ava Gardner as Sarah, and Peter O’Toole as the haunting presence of the Angel of God. The legendary John Huston directs and delivers a commanding performance as Noah. From the film’s opening amidst cosmic chaos, t its lingering message of hope and salvation, “The Bible” stand as a monumental motion picture achievement.

Time: 171 min.

 

Welcome to God’s  Library

Joseph Paprocky

Our understanding of the Bible is crucial to strengthening our relationship with the Lord. At times, however, reading the Bible can seem daunting, a real challenge. As a result we may not experience the full power of God’s Word.

In “Welcome to God’s Library,” host Joe Paprocki draws on his experience and expertise to provide concrete aids for assessing our knowledge of and increasing our familiarity with the Bible. Paprocki compares reading the Bible to entering a library filled with books of various genre. By understanding the organization of the Bible and how to use its components, the viewer can become more comfortable with it and discover where and how to locate key figures, stories, and passages.

This video is for anyone interested in deepening their knowledge of and familiarity with the Bible. It is particularly helpful for catechists, teachers, RCIA coordinators, pastoral ministers, and youth ministers.

Time: 42min.

Scripture From Scratch

A Basic Bible Study Program

This basic Bible study program, created by Virginia Smith and developed with Elizabeth McNamer, both of Billings, Montana, presents contemporary Catholic biblical scholarship in a clear, easy-to-follow, totally non-threatening manner. Smith and McNamer use few technical terms in their 16 video sessions and impart their love and knowledge of Scripture in an upbeat, lighthearted style.

The 16 hours of videotaped talks cover four broad areas—overviews of the Bible, Old Testament, New Testament and the Gospels. In addition to the videocassettes, a facilitator’s manual and a participant’s manual expand on the material presented in the videotapes.

“Scripture From Scratch” is an experience of God’s word for all Catholic adults. It is designed for those who want to know more about the Bible  but don’t know where to begin. To previous Bible study is required or even expected, although “Scripture From Scratch” will also benefit those who have already had some experience with the Bible.

Unit 1: Overview of the Bible

The Bible: Where Did We Get It and How Do We Use It?

Session 1 opens the program by defining what a Bible is. This talk establishes that the Bible did not fall fully formed, leather-bound and gilt-edged from heaven into the waiting laps of the faithful. Here, the Bible is seen as emerging from the Church. Elizabeth McNamer presents Session 1. Presented by Elizabeth McNamer.

The Old Testament: What Is It and who Needs It?

Session 2 points out the prominent place the Hebrew Scriptures have in the Christian Scriptures (New Testament) and how often citations from the Old Testament are found on the tongues of the New Testament notables. Christianity cannot be understood without knowing its Jewish roots. Jesus himself cannot be understood without knowing his Jewish roots. Presented by Virginia Smith.

Time: 120min.

  

Scripture From Scratch

A Basic Bible Study Program

Unit 1: Overview of the Bible

The New Testament: When Was It Written and Why?

Session 3 shows how this section of the Bible came into being over half a century or so and flowed from many writers whose audiences were as diverse as themselves. This presentation also demonstrates that the works which now make up the New Testament were chosen as inspired from many contemporary writings by the Fathers of the Church. Presented by Elizabeth McNamer.

 

Studing Scripture: What’s the Catholic Approach?

Session 4 wraps up the overview of the Bible with a discussion of the two umbrella approaches to the study of the Bible most in use today:the historical-critical and the fundamentalist. This presentation tries to present the very positive side of Catholic biblical study so thrilling. Presented by Virginia Smith.

 

Time: 120min.

Unit 2: Overview of the Old Testament

Will the Real Adam and Eve Please Stand Up?

Session 1 discusses whether God can speak to us through myths and legends as easily as through histories and prophecies. This talk also introduces ways in which the early traditions eventually came together to form the books we known today and shows why Catholicism and a number of other Christian traditions do not take a fundamentalist stance. Presented by Elizabeth McNamer.

 

Tribes and Territories/ Kings and Conquests

Session 2 whizzes quickly through the mountaintop events of Israelite history, explaining the difference between histories which provide events, names, dates and places in neat chronological order and historical accounts which often provide none of these. The events described in the Bible’s historical books are essential for understanding later happenings up to and including those in the Christian Scriptures (New Testament). Presented by Virginia Smith.

 

Time: 120min.

A Profitable Look at the Prophets

Session 3 traces the history of prophecy in Israel. It also distinguishes cult prophecy from those individuals who experienced a personal call to what could be a most unrewarding vocation, major from minor prophets, writing prophets from those who left nary a written word. It shows Jesus as the fulfillment of all prophecy and the prophetic role he himself played. Presented by Elizabeth McNamer.

‘Psalm’ of the Writings

Session 4 introduces the audience to those remaining books of the Hebrew Scriptures which are a varied assortment of literary forms and writing styles. Much of this presentation is devoted to the beauty of the psalms. Presented by Virginia Smith.

 

Time: 120min.

 

Unit 3: Overview of the New Testament

The Appeal of Paul

Session 1 looks at Paul the man and Paul the writer, at those letters which were actually composed by Paul the writer, at those letters which were actually composed by Paul and those which probably were not. In the process a truly appealing man is uncovered. Presented by Elizabeth McNamer.

 

‘Take a Letter’

Session 2 focuses on the other letters of the Christian Scriptures. These epistles are not addressed to a specific individual or community but meant for the Church in general. These documents may well speak to us today in a uniquely personal way. Presented by Virginia Smith.

 

Time: 120min.

Luke Gets in the Act

Session 3 focuses on how deprived we would be without the Acts of the Apostles. There is nothing else like it in the New Testament, and its significance is substantial. If not for Acts we would possess no organized account of the origins of the Church. Presented by Elizabeth McNamer.

 

A Real Revelation

Session 4 rediscovers the original symbolism and meaning of apocalyptic literature, a literary form no longer in use. This literary form enjoyed great popularity in the eastern Mediterranean world from about 200 years before Jesus until about 200 years after him. Modern Christians can learn much from this book. Presented by Virginia Smith.

 

Time: 120min.

Unit 4: Overview of the Gospels

Mark: The Remarkable Disciple

Session 1 deals with the question of authorship, the approximate time the book was written and for whom. It also investigates why Mark wrote and what surfaces from his writing. Presented by Elizabeth McNamer.

 

Matthew: The Mature Jew

Session 2 answers the questions who, what, when, where, why and how. It also probes into the sources this Gospel writer used. Presented by Virginia Smith

 

Time: 120min.

Luke: The Gentle Gentile

Session 3 deals with the only Gospel writer to compose a sequel. Acts of the Apostles takes up where Luke’s Gospel ends, and in many ways, the second parallels the first. A writing technique Luke is fond of using. The same questions are asked regarding Luke as were put to the other Gospels, but the answers are not at all the same. Presented by Elizabeth McNamer

Dear John

Session 4 explores the originality of this Gospel. The answers to the customary questions are unprecedented. This presentation reveals an altogether new glimpse into the person and mission of the Christ. Presented by Virginia Smith

Time: 120min.

 

Scripture From Scratch II

The World of the Bible With Elizabeth McNamer and Virginia Smith

A Bible study program created by Virginia Smith and Elizabeth McNamer, presents contemporary Catholic biblical scholarship in a clear, easy-to-follow manner. The 8 programs cover the world of the Bible—its geography, history and archeology; the religious concepts of the Hebrew people; the religious life and political climate of Jesus’ day; and the human identity of Jesus. “Scripture From Scratch II: The World of the Bible” includes a study guide with suggestions for facilitators.

Program One, “On the Road Again: Geography in the Hebrew Scripture,” discusses the imporatance of geography in understanding the events of the Hebrew Scriptures. Locales, distances, topography, climatic conditions all play their parts in the unfolding story of God and Israel. Much of the 2,000-year history of the Israelites involves journeys back and forth around the Fertile Crescent. Program One covers the area linking Mesopotamia to Egypt, spotlighting, of course, the Promised Land.

Part One 25min.

Part Two 25min.

Program Two, “The Vocabulary of Faith:Religious Concepts in the Hebrew Scriptures,” examines such terms as covenant, shrine, sacrifice, altar, priest, prophet, king in their context in the religion of Israel. Program Two also explores the religious celebrations of the Jews.

Part One 25min.

Part Two 25min.

Program Three, “Tracing Our Family Tree: The History of the Hebrew People,” illustrates of the Hebrew people over two millennia. Program Three highlights the most significant events and persons of the time periods of pre-history, 2,000 to 1500 B.C.E., 1500 to 1000 B.C.E., 1000 to 500 B.C.E. and 500 B.C.E. to the birth of Jesus.

Part One 25min.

Part Two 25min.

Program Four, “Piecing It Together: What Archeology Can Tell Us About Biblical Times,” looks at archaeological sites and artifacts to show how people lived in biblical times. Program Four also discusses whether the findings of archeologists support what is written in Scripture.

Part One 25min.

Part Two 25min.

Program Five, “Diverse Expressions of a Common Faith: Religious Life in Jesus’ Day,” features religious institutions such as the Temple and synagogues, religious figures such as the Pharisees and Sadducees and religious figures such as the Sabbath and Passover. Because Jesus himself was an observant Jew, it is crucial to understand the religious atmosphere in which he was raised and in which he ministered.

Part One 25min.

Part Two 25min.

Program Six, “Under the Roman Boot: The People and Politics of Jesus’ Time,” considers the various groups and persons of power and prominence in Palestine at the time when Christianity stared.

Part One 25min.

Part Two 25min.

Program Seven, “Bed, Bread and Business: Daily Life in First-Century Judea,” shows Jesus as a product of his own time and place and discusses such commonplace topics as food, clothing, housing, health care, education and travel. These not only were the facts of everyday life for Jesus, they provided the imagery from which he spun his parables.

Part One 25min.

Part Two 25min.

Program Eight, “Carpenter, Rabbi, Messiah: Jesus in His Own Times,” examines the sources that help us to reconstruct the flesh-and-blood Jesus and traces Jesus’ life from a “master builder” working in and around Nazareth to his baptism by John and from his teaching in and around Capernaum and in Gentile territory to his death in Jerusalem. Program Eight looks at the milieu in which Jesus worked, his relationship with Gentiles and women, and his run-ins with authorities.

Part One 25min.

Part Two 25min.

Jesus and His Times

The Story Begins

“For we have seen His star in the East, and have come to worship Him.”

Travel the dusty roads with Joseph and Mary as they make their way to the tiny village of Bethlehem in obedience to the edict of the Roman Emperor Ceasar Augustus. Be amazed, along with shepherds on a nearby hillside, at the angels’ “good news of great joy.”

Learn about the life of King Herod the Great and about the wise men from the East who brought word of  Jesus’ birth to that murderous tyrant.

See for yourself what daily life was like for the Holy Family in Egypt, where they fled for safety, and in the village of Nazareth, where Jesus later grow to manhood. Accompany Him as a 12-year-old to the Temple in Jerusalem for observation of the Passover.

Time: 61min.

“Follow me. And I will make you fishers of men.”

Listen to John the Baptist as he preaches a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, and visit the community of devout Essenes to which John may have belonged. Be there as he baptizes Jesus on the waters of Jordan.

Watch Jesus teaching in the synagogues of Galilee and understand how His teachings echoed those of the highly respected Pharisees—and how they differed.

Walk with Him and His disciples through Galilee, Samaria and Judea, and hear His parables as they must have fallen on the ears of His listeners: plain working people who understood and responded to the images of sheep and shepherds, seeds and harvest, vineyards and the fruit of the vine. Witness His miracles, His healings, the raising of Lazarus.

Time: 57min.

The final Days. Jesus and His Times

See Jerusalem, the Holy City, as it appeared in Jesus’ day. Be part of the cheering throng that welcomed Him into the city to celebrate Passover, and join the startled crowd in the Temple when He drove out those who sold.

Learn who the hereditary priest of the Temple really were and why they feared Jesus. Understand the political and religious turmoil that raged through a land ruled by Rome but inhabited by a people ruled only by God. Share their dreams of the Messiah who would save them.

Join Jesus at the Last Supper/ Witness His betrayal in the Garden of Gethsemane, His trial before Pontius Pilate. Despair with His followers at the events that followed.

Time: 55 min.

 

Greatest Heroes of the Bible

Abraham’s Sacrifice

A father must choose between the life of his on and the love for his God in Abraham’s Sacrifice. Abraham’s powerful love for both of his sons leads to a treacherous plot of deception and murder. God leads Abraham to triumph over his enemies but asks the aging father to pay the ultimate price: offer his son as a living sacrifice. Torn between obedience to his God and the love of his family, Abraham faces the greatest test of his faith and courage in a decision that will give birth to a nation.

Time: 50min.

David & Goliath

A young shepherd boy battles a mighty giant in this riveting tale of courage against overwhelming odds. A small Israeli army is holding off the Philistines, but it will take a miracle to defeat the Pagans. When a massive warrior named Goliath challenges the Hebrews to combat, god sends an unlikely hero armed only with a sling and his faith. Soon all the Philistines will know the power of David’s conviction and the might of his God in this inspiring tale of trust and triumph.

Time: 50min.

Joseph in Egypt

A young man sold into slavery by his brothers rises to a position of prominence in the moving tale of forgiveness, faith and love. Favored by their father for his good heart and devotion to God, his jealous brothers sell Joseph and his coat of many colors to a passing slave caravan. At the Pharaoh’s palace in Egypt, Joseph finds favor for his wisdom and quickly rises to a seat of power. Years later, a great famine leads Joseph’s brothers to Egypt to buy grain and the stage is set for God’s favor and forgiveness to triumph once more.

Time: 50min.

Samson and Delilah

A powerful man made weak from passion suffers the consequences in a spellbinding story of strength and betrayal. Blessed by God with miraculous strength, only Samson can defeat the Israelite’s cruel masters. But when a pagan beauty deceives him into revealing the secret of his powers, Samson is captured and enslaved. Beaten, blinded and alone, Samson prays for god’s forgiveness and a chance to redeem himself in the eyes of the Lord and his people.

Time: 50min.

Sodom and Gomorrah

One righteous man is pitted against the world’s most wicked cities in this riveting tale of temptation and vengeance. Lot and his tribe are searching for greener pastures when they settle near the twin cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Although God commands them to stay away, the tribesmen soon abandon their farms for the pagan enticements of the city. Now as God prepares to unleash his awesome vengeance against the cities, only Lot’s family will be spared his wrath… as long as they don’t look back.

Time: 50min.

The Story of Moses

A man is chosen by God to battle a Pharaoh and lead his people from bondage in one of the Bible’s most unforgettable stories. The Hebrews have been enslaved for hundreds of years when Moses demands their release from Egypt. Despite mighty signs of God’s power, the Pharaoh refuses to let them go—until the tenth deadly plague breaks the Pharaoh’s heart and will. Now the Hebrews have their freedom but their exodus is just the beginning in this remarkable tale of an epic journey to the Promised Land.

Time: 50min.

The Story of Noah The Ten Commandments

The powerful story of Israel’s journey from Egypt and the gift of God’s law to his people is dramatically recreated in The Ten Commandments. Chosen by God to lead his people out of slavery, Moses and the Israelites find that the road to freedom isn’t easy. As their faith falters, the people fall prey to lust and greed. While the people worship a golden idol, ,Moses waits on Mt. Sinai for God’s word in a fateful encounter that will change not just their lives, but the future of mankind forever.

Time: 50min.

The Story of Noah

A man of God follows his faith to populate a new world in The Story of Noah, a powerful story of devotion, courage and triumph. Angered by the corruption that dominates the world, God commands Noah to build an immense ark capable of holding his family and two each animal on earth. Now God’s wrath will pour from the heavens for forty days and nights, creating a mighty flood that sweeps the earth clean. In gratitude and wonder, Noah’s family emerges from the ark to find the first rainbow and a new beginning for mankind.

Time: 50min.

 

The Book of Genesis

Word-for-word The Bible On Video

For centuries the Bible has change and fulfilled people’s lives. Experts generally agree that our understanding increases when we hear and seeing Christ’s teaching will deepen your understanding and strengthen your faith.

What could be more important? What greater gift could you give yourself and those closest to you?

Part I, The Beginning

Part II, Abraham

Part III: Isaac, Esau & Jacob

Part IV: Joseph

The Gospel of Luke

World-for-world The Bible on Video

For centuries the Bible has change and fulfilled people’s lives. Experts generally agree that our understanding increases when we hear and seeing Christ’s teaching will deepen your understanding and strengthen your faith.

What could be more important? What greater gift could you give yourself and those closest to you?

Part I, Christmas

Part II, Early Ministry

Part III: Parables

Part IV: Easter

Jesus of Nazareth

The epic majesty of the life of Jesus as told by Apostles

Beginning before the Nativity and extending through the Crucifixion and Resurrection, Jesus of Nazareth brings to life all the majesty and sweeping drama of the life of Jesus (portrayed here by Robert Powell) as told in the Gospels. A star-studded international cast, featuring Michael York, Sir Laurence Oliver, James Earl Jones, Anne  Bancroft, Olivia Hussey, Rod Steiger and Anthony Quinn, adds depth and humanity to the roles of the saints, sinners and ordinary people who walked in the footsteps of the Lord. The film provides the setting and background for the birth, childhood, baptism, teaching and many miracles of the Messiah, culminating in the divine Resurrection. Directed by Oscar© nominee Franco Zeffirelli and acclaimed by critics and religious leaders worldwide, “Jesus of Nazareth”tells the greatest of all stories with tremendous emotion and splendor.

Time: 382min.

 

The Vision of the Gospels

The Gospel of Matthew

The beatitudes are often referred to ask the “new commandments” and the Christian “Magna Carta”, so they are obviously very important and central to Christian belief and praxis. But do they really mean? Michael Himes has an interesting perspective on them. He sees them as “experiments in living”. It is a unique and powerful insight. View this program and reflect on how you might take part in this “experiment in living”.

This video is filled with fascinating and challenging insights. Michael Himes sees the Gospel of Matthew as “the Christian book of wisdom” and it invites the reader to become a wise scribe of the new law. This gospel also tells us what it means to be church—and we learn in this video that means being a community which excludes no one.

Time: 28 min.

The Gospel of Mark

The starkest of the gospels, Jesus is misunderstood by virtually everyone. .the background of his life and destiny is a clear struggle between God and demonic power at work in the world. The Son of God is locked in a power struggle with the powers of hell. This gospel presents us with a challenge—follow this Jesus and you may have to stand alone.

Michel Himes examines the central questions which occur again and again in the gospel of Mark. “What do you want of us?” “Who do you say that I am?” And finally, Jesus’ request of the blind man, “What do you want me to do for you ?” Watch this video to discover why these questions are so important and why the answers might impact your life.

Time: 28 min.

The Gospel of Luke

Michel Himes presents a powerful case as to why the mine theme of this gospel is “strong compassion” - a theme which flows through the parables, miracles and events of Jesus’ life. In Jesus, God Spirit is let loose in the world, and its first effects are the breaking down of barriers. This gospel tells the reader that God is at work in unexpected places and so call for a revolution in which the poor are raised up and the rich sent empty away.

This video is filled with insights into Luke’s Gospel which may be new to many viewers. Do you know that the first time Jesus is given the exalted title of “Lord” is when he responds with compassion to a woman in mourning? Do you know that according to Luke, women are clearly the first disciples? Do you know the true meaning behind the Abraham and Lazarus story? Do you know what the Prodigal Son story tells us about the irrational love of God. Every viewers will come away from this video with much to talk about.

Time: 28 min.

The Gospel of John

Here is a cosmic vision of life. John’s gospel is about nothing less than eternity and our place in it. Michael Himes appreciates the poetry of John and with the skills of a great teacher, he helps the viewer to appreciate the beauty of the words and the profound depth of meaning which this gospel has for uor lives today.

Himes helps us to see the cosmic vision of John by looking in depth at some of the details of this gospel. Do you know what the world “paraclete” really means? Do you know what Jesus tells us about God when he washes the feet of the disciples? Why does Jesus express more anger at Peter than Judas? Watch this video and learn the answers—and be caught up in John’s vision of a new life.

Time: 30 min.

 

Who is Jesus?

He was born into a poor family and spent most of His life at hard labor. He never held a political position and spoke publicly for only three years before He was murdered at the young age of thirty-three.

He never traveled more than ninety miles from His hometown, yet He changed the whole world. In fact, He changed history—every time you write the date it reflects the years since His birth.

A fascinating, accurate and deeply moving video. See what happened 2000 years ago and find out why it is important for YOU today.

Time: 30 min.

‘So, who is this Jesus?’

Two thousands years ago a man was born who changed the course of history. He was a carpenter. As an adult he never traveled more than 60 miles. He was betrayed by one of his twelve followers and executed for crimes he did not commit. Today, even in age of skepticism and materialism, there are millions of people from all walks of life who passionately believe in him—and who claim he has radically changed their lives. His name is familiar to us all—even if only as a swear word. But who is he—who is Jesus?

Russell Boulter provides answers to the question in a down-to-earth, no nonsense style. It has been specially designed to help understanding of who he is. For those who already know Jesus’ life and joy of knowing him better.

Filmed in Israel, the presentation is in three parts:

I: His Story Had a Long Preparation

II: His Birth and Life

III: The Meaning of It All

Time: 48 min.

Jesus

The most accurate film ever made about Christ

Exactly who was Jesus Christ? Award-winning producer John Heyman answers this question in “Jesus” , the most ambitious Bible film ever made.

Heyman has created a film so true-to-life you’ll fell like you’re in first-century Palestine. Workshop teams  painstakingly studied the clothing, architecture, customs and food to ensure the film’s complete authenticity. ”Jesus” was filmed on location in Israel, in biblical settings, with a cast of more than 5, 000 Israelis and Arabs. The script is taken directly from the Gospel of Luke.

Raising Questions…

How could this destitute man from a despised town in Galilee, who never wrote a book, led an army, or owned anything, become the best-known and most-loved figure in history? Is Jesus who He said He was?

Twenty centuries after He first appeared, why are people still so attracted to His life and teachings? Could He what so many believe Him to be?

Finding Answers…

The “Jesus” film has helped millions of people find the answers to these questions. Translated into more than 550 languages, it has been viewed by more than 3 billion people. This moving account of the life of Jesus gives an amazingly authentic portrayal of one of the most influential and captivating figures in all of human history, Jesus of  Nazareth.

Time: 120 min.

Little Rock Scripture Study

Introduction to Little Rock Scripture Study  Daily Personal Study

Conversational Prayer Small-Group Sharing (and Wrap-Up Lecture)

Jesus and His Disciples as a Model for Small-Group Scripture Study

Spirituality of the Small-Group Facilitator   Techniques for Facilitating a Small Group

Introducing Scripture Study to Your Small Group

Time: 75 min.

 

Little Rock Scripture Study

Informational Video

This video offers basic information about the format and materials used in LRSS. Participants and facilitators talk about their own experiences of using LRSS. There is also an overview of how to train leaders and implement LRSS.

Time: 16 min.

 

Yeshua/Jesus

Exploring the Jewish Roots of Jesus

An exploration of the profound Jewish atmosphere in which Jesus grew up and carried out his ministry

In this two-part documentary investigation, we explore the intriguing heritage of biblical Israel and the Jewish origins of the Christian faith.

This video uncovers some wonderful truths about the character, background and personality of Jesus which have been overlooked by much of the church. Your spiritual understanding and insight into the Bible and the world in which Jesus lived and ministered will be enriched and enlarged.

Journalist Peter Darg and film-producer Marc Villiger take you on fascinating journey of discovery to Israel.

In part one, discover the intense Jewish religious atmosphere in which Jesus grew up and began his Messianic mission.

In part two, gain new insights into the message Jesus proclaimed to his own people, the Jews, that would soon transform the entire world.

Time: 85 min.

Come and See

Living Lessons from the Gospel of John

The Raising of Lazarus

John Shea, noted theologian and story-teller, brings a wealth of insight and new meaning to this timeless tale from the Gospel of John.

A dramatic retelling of the story by professional actors increases the relevance and appeal of the story.

This video is ideal for Scripture study, adult enrichment, RCIA, retreat, classroom, and similar programs. Pauses in the video presentation and a discussion guide facilitate group use.

Time: 60 min.

Come and See

Three dramatizations inspired by the Gospel of John

The woman at the Well

The Man Born Blind

The Raising of Lazarus

These three stunning dramatizations prove once again that actions speak louder than words. Familiar Gospel stories take on new meaning when they are reenacted and reinterpreted by professional actors.

Gain new insights into the Gospel of John as you see Jesus through the eyes of the blind man, listen to the dialogue between Jesus and Lazarus at the tomb, and journey to the well with the Samaritan woman as she encounters a wise and provocative stranger.

This dramatic video is ideal for Scripture study, adult enrichment, RCIA, retreat, classroom, and similar settings. Each distinctive story lasts approximately 15 minutes. The helpful Discussion Guide offers practical suggestions and discussion questions for each of the three stories.

 

Time: 45 min.

The Woman at the Well

To introduce young people to the idea that we have a deep longing within us that can only be satisfied by “living Water”, God’s Holy Spirit . This gift of the Spirit empowers us to replace hate and mistrust with love and truth.

Do you see people hate or mistrust each other in our time? We need God’s love today, too, the kind of love that breaks down walls and lets people get to know each other.

Time: 9:30 min.

The Man Born Blind

When a blind beggar is cured and declares that the healing must be from God, he is challenged by the skeptics to prove it. They see themselves as protectors of the people and the only ones competent enough to recognize God’s work in the world. Blind hearts are much worse than blind eyes in the important work of sharing God’s love.

Time: 13 min.

God So Loved the World

When the Johnson family travels to the mountains for a weekend of hiking, they discover the meaning of faith and truth.

Time: 12:30 min.

The Anointing at Bethany

Simon the Leper has invited Jesus for dinner and it is interrupted by a woman who greets by anointing Him with oil.

Time: 14:30 min.

The Grain of Wheat

In this story, a black family in the 1940’s is threatened by an angry mob. As a relative recalls and retells the event, the viewer is challenged to have the courage to let go of whatever impedes growth to new life.

Time: 10:30 min.

The Transfiguration

Peter and John, two of Jesus’ disciples, are remembering an incident that happened long ago on a mountain top. Jesus had invited Peter and John, along with the disciple James, to accompany him to the Mount Tabor. There the three disciples have a spiritual experience that convinces them that Jesus id God’s son.

Viewers are challenged to enter into the transfiguration experience, and consider these words from the Gospel: “This is my Son, my Chosen One. Listen to him.”

Time: 11:20 min.

The Prodigal

Mark asks his father for his share of the inheritance from the family hardware store. Reluctantly, his father allows it, and his younger son goes out to make his fortune. But on Mark’s return after losing all his money, an interesting scenario develops around Michael, the elder son.

Viewers are challenged to put themselves in this classic parable of forgiveness and to consider the words of Jesus: “Let us celebrate because this son of mine was dead and has come back to life. He was lost and is found.”

Time: 10:18 min.

 
 
 
   


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