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Jacob's Ladder - Set Of Six

The entire set of the exciting Jacob's Ladder series: Jacob's Ladder: Episodes 1 - 2: Gideon Jacob's Ladder: Episodes 3 - 4: Naomi, Ruth And Boaz Jacob's Ladder: Episodes 5 - 7: Samuel Jacob's Ladder: Episodes 8 And 9: Saul Jacob's Ladder: Episodes 10 And 11: Saul And David - Jacob's Ladder: Episodes 12 And 13: David

  • Item 98466D
  • Region: All
  • Media Type: DVD
  • Running Time: 6 hrs. 30 mins.
Retail: $89.94
Price: $24.99
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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.

Jacob's Ladder: Episodes 1 - 2: Gideon
Episode 1: Gideon, Reluctant Hero --The Hebrew people have forgotten about the mighty God of their forefathers. They are being lulled into idol worship by the Midianite conquerors. God calls the young man Gideon to stand up to these oppressors and their false gods. This story will challenge you to lay aside your idols and worship the one true God.

Episode 2: Gideon, Warrior by Faith -- An angel has told Gideon he will free God's people from the Midianites. But, with no army and facing outrageous odds, Gideon finds it hard to believe and even harder to act on faith. Watch as God gives Gideon just what he needs to strengthen his faith. In the process, Gideon learns to depend on God to do the impossible.

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

Jacob's Ladder: Episodes 3 - 4: Naomi, Ruth And Boaz
Episode 3: Naomi and Ruth -- A severe drought has brought famine to the land of Canaan. Elimelech and his wife, Naomi, have no choice but to leave all that they know and venture to Moab. There they are not welcome and new hardships await. Lessons about facing trials through faith and building healthy communities that reach out to outsiders come through in this powerful story where conflicting cultures clash.

Episode 4: Ruth and Boaz -- Naomi and her daughter-in-law, Ruth, arrive back in Canaan to face a harsh reality. With no home and no money, these two widows need a plan for survival. Hard work, the law of the Lord, and a steadfast faith will all play a part in their success.

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

Jacob's Ladder: Episodes 5 - 7: Samuel
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.

Episode 6: Samuel's Destiny — Part 1 -- As the priest Eli's right-hand 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

Jacob's Ladder: Episodes 8 And 9: Saul
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?

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

Jacob's Ladder: Episodes 10 And 11: Saul And David
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. Unbeknown to the king, David has been anointed by Samuel to be the next king of the Hebrews. The Casluhite army prepares for yet another attack, but a battle is avoided by having two champions fight on behalf of the two sides. Goliath, the Casluhite champion, is so overpowering that no Hebrew can be found to fight him. When David visits his brothers on the battlefield, he offers to fight Goliath. David kills the giant and is taken to the king's palace. The royal princes and princesses are all very impressed with David, but secretly, King Saul is jealous of the young champion. In a moment of madness, Saul might kill the boy who's just saved the country.

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. Meanwhile, he has become a leading officer in the king's army. He is very successful and greatly loved by the people. King Saul has become a bitter man. He feels threatened by David's popularity and secretly plans David's demise.

Jacob's Ladder: Episodes 12 And 13: David
Episode 12: David on the Run -- King Saul wants David dead but has failed to get him killed on the battlefield. In his madness, Saul throws a spear at David while he plays the lute for the king. David runs for his life and finds refuge with Samuel the prophet.

Episode 13: A New King
-- King Saul is in hot pursuit of David, who is hiding in a cave. When the king walks into the cave, David has the opportunity to kill the man who is trying to kill him. Instead, David secretly cuts off a piece of the king's cloak. Shortly afterwards, David confronts the king from a high rock and begs King Saul to stop hunting him down. Saul is completely taken by surprise. He cancels the chase and invites David to join him on his way back to the palace, but David knows that he just cannot trust King Saul.

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.

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

- Family friendly retelling of Old Testament Heroes

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.

- Jacob's ladder

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.

- Jacob's Ladder DVD Series

This series was purchased for a tween Girl's Bible Study Group. Having only read the description online we purchased the Series on faith that it would clearly and faithfully communicate OT truths in a docudrama format. Regrettably we do not believe that this Series has done so. We watched the first five episodes and are no longer comfortable viewing the remainder for several reasons. For one we struggle with the mode of teaching the stories through modern young people by transporting them back in time and making them part of the stories it requires too much imagination thus making the truth of God's Word seem more like fiction e.g. in one episode the modern children make use of cell phones to help them they ride around on bikes and pitch modern tents on site. We think this is the opposite of what the producers were trying to achieve which is to make the stories more real to modern times an attempt to make the OT Stories relevant. We believe they could have done that without these effects. Also the modern children seem to be the ones who make the characters of the OT. For example Gideon cannot seem to make any decisions without the advice and direct assistance of his modern helper who is magically transported into the story by Raphael an Angel to help him. We struggled the most with the story of Samuel. Eli is portrayed as a complete buffoon yes he was irresponsible but a complete moron? and young Samuel as almost perfect. Young Samuel is charged with teaching in the Temple at a very young age as Eli is portrayed as being simply too lazy to get out of bed and a general shirker of duties and the boy teaches the 10 commandments as moralism and not as God's Law to be followed by Faith one is left with the impression that if one follows the Law exactly they will be right with God. The handling of the Temple sacrifices also left much to be explained. For example the fact that OT sacrifices always pointed the promise to come thus the necessity of the shedding of blood. Granted this is a children's movie however they could have implied that blood sacrifices were taking place rather than just the food offerings and emphasized that there is no atonement for sin without the shedding of blood. All in all we feel that the film makers used too much artistic license left out important doctrine and implied far more than the Scriptures offer. We submit that this Series treads dangerously close to adding to the Scriptures. In light of the foregoing we cannot recommend this Series as we believe it fails to communicate the truths and wisdom of the OT effectively and faithfully.

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