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Jacob's Ladder: Episodes 8 - 9: Saul

Episode 8: A King for the Hebrews – The “teenpack” is transported back to the time of Samuel the Prophet. In his old age, Samuel asks God, on behalf of the restless Hebrews, for a King to rule them. Episode 9: Saul Takes Charge –This “teenpack” adventure finds the group at Saul’s father’s farm where Saul, a shy farmer, has become king of Israel. Saul’s newfound status has left him little time to consult with God and he is headed in the wrong direction. Teaches teens to decide how far one should we go with a leader who is headed in the wrong way?

  • Item 500911D
  • Region: All
  • Media Type: DVD
  • Running Time: 1 hr

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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 8: A King for the Hebrews --
Samuel has been a faithful prophet and judge of Israel for many years, but the people are increasingly dissatisfied. Attacks from surrounding nations have fed their desire for a king to lead them. Will the fledgling nation ever learn to trust in God alone and thank him for all He's given them? Widescreen.

Episode 9: Saul Takes Charge -- Since the shy farmer, Saul, has become the king of Israel, his family has noticed some changes. His newfound power and status leave him little time to consult with God, and there's no telling who will be the next target of his suspicions and anger. How far should we follow if our leaders take a wrong turn? This and other lessons come through in this story.

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

Editorial Reviews

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.

hese 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.

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.

- Wish There Were More Like This!

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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