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John Hus

Here is an important chapter in the steps leading up to the Reformation. The history books make little mention of this Bohemian priest and scholar who lived 100 years before Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation. Yet, John Hus was convinced and taught openly that the Bible should be presented in the language of the people, that salvation comes by faith in Jesus Christ, and the Word of God is the final authority. He taught in the University of Prague and as a pastor, challenged the abuses of medieval Christendom.

  • Item 4783D
  • Region: All
  • Media Type: DVD
  • Running Time: 55 min

Alternate formats: Digital Video - $7.99

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Awards

  • Film of the Year, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor

    Christian Film Distribution Association 1980

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Here is an important chapter in the steps leading up to the Reformation. The history books make little mention of this Bohemian priest and scholar who lived 100 years before Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation. Yet, John Hus was convinced and taught openly that the Bible should be presented in the language of the people, that salvation comes by faith in Jesus Christ, and the Word of God is the final authority. He taught in the University of Prague and as a pastor, challenged the abuses of medieval Christendom.

Intrigue and false promises weave a powerful story of one man's commitment to faith in Jesus Christ. He was summoned to the Council of Constance and promised safety, but he was betrayed. In the end, Hus was accused, imprisoned, and charged with heresy. Ultimately, he was condemned and burned at the stake as a heretic. Fullscreen.

DVD Features:
- 55-minute version in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French, with or without English subtitles.
- 30-minute abridged version in English
- Study materials in PDF format -- Christian History magazine article on Hus, study guide pages from Reformation Overview.

Editorial Reviews

Many dissatisfied people in the 15th and 16th century worked slowly for church reform. Others, such as William Tyndale and John Hus, eagerly promoted salvation as totally through faith in Jesus Christ. Tyndale and Hus translated the Holdy Scriptures, and wanted each person to read the Bible in their own language. Vision Video offers two films about these times: John Hus: A Powerful, True Story, and God's Outlaw: The Story of William Tyndale. Hus quoted Romans 4 and 5, as he preached in a Bohemian chapel. He spoke of peace with God through Jesus Christ. John Hus asked, "Where does it say in Scriptures that a man can buy his way into Heaven?" The established church intensely disliked Hus. He was burned at the stake on July 6, 1415. William Tyndale also worked against the established church, the tradition of keeping all Scripture in Latin. Tyndale wrangled with colorful Henry VIII, fled the Europe, and was eventually betrayed. Both DVD's offer touching scenes. Hus languished in a filthy prison, and remembers his mother's teachings. Another encouraging scene involved workmen preparing the stake and the wood to burn John Hus. One worker marveled, "He believes it's not necessary to pay for a blessing. He thinks faith is enough to be forgiven." That conversation should encourage all Christians. Hus never met the workmen, yet he influenced them greatly. While in prison, Tyndale requested his friends to bring a warm hood, and cloth to patch his leggings. He especially wanted a Hebrew grammar. Such was the man's devotion to translating the Scripture. He paid for his views at a fiery stake. Excellent study materials are included in pdf format. I especially like the articles linked to Christian History magazine. Both films have received significant awards, including recognition from the Christian Film Distributors Association.

One hundred years before Martin Luther lived, Prague professor and priest John Hus planted the seeds for the Reformation. Influenced by noted theologian John Wycliff, Hus taught the Bible in his native language, opposed the corrupt selling of Indulgences, and introduced congregational singing. Tried and convicted for heresy by the Council of Constance in 1415, John Hus died singing as he was burned at the stake. This powerful documentary was awarded Best Film of the Year, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor by the Christian Film Distribution Association. With outstanding acting, this depiction of His' life, beliefs, and the events before and after the Council of Constance will make the viewer want to know more. The newly released DVD edition makes this possible with printable study materials; it also offers a 30-min. abridged version of the film. Highly recommended for high school and adult audiences.

Customer Reviews

- John Hus

This is a very important movie that every man of the world must see how God has givien his love to certain beloved Christians no matter what denomination you are but God knows you thoughts and he knows your love for him in your heart. If you want to start growing in the knowledge of the word of God see what these men passed through their lives for Christ.

- John Hus

He died for telling the truth about what the word of GOD really said he was a real Christian who love God. You must see it to understand what they suffer and the people of these days do not care about the word of God.

- John Hus

Informational DVD

- John Hus

The Hus Wycliffe Tyndale Comenius movies are essentials to all Christians. Old fuzzy photography and the sound can be a bit unclear but very good portrayals of the characters. Sale prices make it worthwhile. Makes you want to dig into church history of the preReformation.

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