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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
Jacob’s Ladder – a new series spotlighting stories from the Bible – introduces a group of adolescents who come upon a lighthouse and discover that its keeper, Rafael, is able to transport them back in time to witness pivotal events in the Old Testament firsthand. The first volume contains “Gideon, Reluctant Hero” and “Gideon, Warrior by Faith,” which tell the tale of the Christian hero Gideon (forever associated with a trumpet). Jacob’s Ladder does a fair job of relating the struggles faced centuries ago to contemporary issues, and while the intended middle school and junior audiences (ages 10-15) for these programs can be tough customers, the episodes are professional, engaging, and successfully bring the featured stories to life (although, rather oddly, instead of Middle Eastern sets and costumes, the recreations have the look of Middle Ages-era England). DVD extras include a behind-the-scenes segment and PDF study materials. Recommended.
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.
This is an excellent series. One that is understood and enjoyed by all ages. There are lessons learned here in God's Word dramatized. A great job is done by all.