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Jacob's Ladder: Episodes 5 - 7: Samuel

Includes three adventures: Episode 5: The Invitation / Episode 6: Samuel's Destiny - Part I / Episode 7: Samuel's Destiny - Part 2.

  • Item 500909D
  • Region: All
  • Media Type: DVD
  • Running Time: 1 hr 30 min

Alternate formats: Digital Video - $7.99

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Description

The "teenpack" is looking for adventure when they discover a mysterious old lighthouse and the even more mysterious keeper, Rafael. Through the lighthouse, the young teens are transported to Bible times where they interact with timeless characters and learn of a loving God who cares for His people through all the ages. These action-packed, top quality dramas are geared to youth ages 10-15, but are great for the whole family or for classroom use. Creative, easy-to-use PDF study materials are included to help young teens apply the faith-building lessons to their lives.

Episode 5: The Invitation
Hannah has promised to give her son to God. Now that Sammy knows of his amazing birth, he must choose whether to accept God's plan for his life. Explore how free will interacts with following God's calling in this story. Widescreen.

Episode 6: Samuel's Destiny — Part 1
As the priest Eli's righthand man, 13-year old Samuel works hard in the temple. Meanwhile Eli's two sons sink deeper into a life of sin. How will these contrasting choices impact the Hebrews and their covenant with God?

Episode 7: Samuel's Destiny — Part 2
As he begins to hear from God, Samuel transitions into the role of prophet. Meanwhile, the Israelites are marching into battle with the Ark of the Covenant, but without the Lord of Lords. What will it take to convince them to repent and put their faith in God?

DVD Features:
Subtitles: English
Bonus Material:
- "Behind-the-Scenes"
- PDF Study Guide

Editorial Reviews

Vision Video’s third DVD in the "Jacob's Ladder" series includes Episode 5-7: "The Invitation" and "Samuel's Destiny – Part 1 & 2." Kids ages 10-15 will learn more about Samuel’s life in each 30-minute episode. Bonus features include behind-the-scenes segment and PDF study materials.

These three episodes in the series encompass the Old Testament story of Samuel. Six teenage actors stumble on an old lighthouse and meet the lighthouse keeper, who serves as the storyteller while the teenagers play supporting roles in the Shakespearean-style drama. In the first episode, Samuel’s mother, Hannah, explains his much-anticipated birth and her promise to give her son to God. Samuel makes the choice to accept this plan, exploring the concept of free will and how it relates to God’s providence. The next two episodes follow Samuel through his life including his interaction as a teenager with the priest, Eli, in the temple where his mother took him to be raised, and as a prophet in adulthood. Produced and filmed in South Wales (U.K.), the action and adventure will engage its intended audience. Appropriate for both group and individual viewing, this title will be useful for Biblical studies classes as well as for leisure viewing.

Unfortunately, only a few Old Testament stories – i.e., Daniel and the lion’s den, Noah and the ark – head the list for most children’s books and films. However, this DVD series, developed for ages 10-15, chose lesser-known stories like Gideon and Naomi and Ruth to show God’s interaction with His children. Raphael, a mysterious lighthouse keeper, has the ability to transport a group of young teens back in time to experience biblical tales firsthand. Often one of the “teen pack” is costumed and inserted into the story line while the rest merely observe. Filmed in Wales, where architecture and countryside do not resemble a biblical landscape, this production has adequate costuming and dialogue. An ensemble cast fills a wide variety of roles, albeit with British accents. Reproducible study guides are included on the DVDs, making them appropriate for Sunday school use. This vehicle for bridging the gap between biblical and modern times may not be accepted by some sophisticated teens today. In fact, children younger than the series’ target audience may enjoy these tales more than their older counterparts. Still, these DVDs would make a good addition to a church library’s DVD collection.

A group of young teens are transported into Old Testament times where they take part in the action and drama of God's people. Filmed in Wales, with the same cast of characters playing different roles, the entire series includes 13 episodes. A PDF teaching guide can be printed for each 30-minute episode. Good PDF lesson plans for each episode cite the dramatized scripture passages and include life application lessons and discussion questions. Though the accents of the characters are British, our young teens will adapt quickly. They will enjoy and remember the biblical characters and events that provided faith lessons and on how God guided his people, then and today. Recommended for Sunday school classes grades 5-7 or for family viewing at home.

Customer Reviews

- Great Stories!

Great series. I have been using these in our 9-13 age group class at church. A well done way to teach these Biblical stories to this multi-sensory generation.

- My Daughter Loves This Series!

My 10 year old daughter loves this series, so does the rest of the family. Besides being an entertaining series, we learn a lot about trusting in God and having a relationship with Him, while learning about Gideon, Ruth, Samuel, Saul, and David. I wish there were more series like Jacobs Ladder. My daughter asks to watch an episode or two most every night.

- Love the Videos!

We used this video for rotation Sunday school and then I watched it. I love the videos. The man who is the creator of these loves Jesus and it is evident in the story and in the way it is done. Thank you for a great series. We plan on using them for the next two fall semesters.

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