Episode 10: The King Needs Help -- King Saul has serious bouts of depression and David, a shepherd boy, is invited to come and play his lute for the king. Episode 11: Death Waiting -- After the event of the young David beating Goliath the giant, some ten years have passed. On occasion David still plays his lute for King Saul.
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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 throughout 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 10: The King Needs Help -- King Saul is slipping into mental illness, but he won't accept help from his family or from the prophet, Samuel. God Leads Samuel to secretly anoint a new king who will eventually take Saul's place. How will the king react when a boy named David has enough faith to obediently follow the Lord's calling? Widescreen.
Episode 11: Death Waiting -- Now a leading officer in King Saul's army, David enjoys one victory after another, but his success fuels the king's anger and jealousy, How can Prince Jonathan, son of King Saul, do the right thing when his own father plots to kill his best friend, David?
Please note - review is written for Jacob's Ladder: Episodes 10-11 and Jacob's Ladder: Episodes 12-13 - each sold separately. These two DVDs contain the final four episodes of the 13-part series. Filmed in Wales with a native cast, each dramatic episode begins with a group of teens known as the "teenpack" entering a lighthouse where the lighthouse keeper transports them to Old Testament times. In episode 10, "The King Needs Help," King Saul is becoming increasingly violent and mentally unstable. The prophet Samuel is told by God to anoint David as the new king of the Hebrews. David saves the country by fighting and killing Goliath. In the subsequent episodes – "Death Waiting," "David on the Run," and "A New King" – David must prove he has the strength of character and faith to rule the Hebrew people. Solid acting and fast-paced action filmed in rugged settings make these tales appealing, especially for boys. The non-denominational stories remain true to scripture, although they are embellished for dramatic effect. A few weaknesses include abrupt endings and synthetic-looking costumes and props which do not fit with the time period. Several of the fair skinned, blond actors also appear out of place. However, these minor flaws don’t affect the value of these DVD’s as Bible teaching aids. Bonus features include behind-the-scenes segments and study materials. Preteens will be captivated by these action-packed stories. An excellent choice for Christian schools, church libraries, and home schooling.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.