I’ve been hearing about What’s in the Bible? for a while now. While I am a huge Veggie Tales fan and I knew Phil Vischer, creator of Veggie Tales, is also the creative genius behind What’s in the Bible?, the videos looked like they were for much younger viewers than my crew, so I hadn’t really paid much attention to them.
Fast-forward to the 2:1 Conference. I got What’s in the Bible?, Volume 1 amongst all the swag. I gave it to Megan, telling her that it might be too young for her, but she could see what she thought.
Then, the opportunity arose to take part in a What’s in the Bible review. I asked Megan about it and she said the first one was really cute and she’d like to see another one. So, we browsed all the titles to see which one she was most interested in.
She chose Volume 5, Israel Gets a King, which explores the Old Testament books of 1 and 2 Samuel.
What is What’s in the Bible?
What’s in the Bible? is a series of DVDs (Volume 8 was recently released with more to follow) that teach viewers – what else? – what’s in the Bible, book by book. Some volumes cover only one book, such as Genesis in Volume 1, while others cover two or three books – Volume 3, for example, covers Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
Not only does the series tell many of the familiar Bible stories, but it also defines terms and explains concepts that may be confusing to kids (and many adults). Israel Gets a King explains concepts such as the Trinity and the Davidic Covenant, and it defines terms like repent and consequences.
The DVDs are perfect for today’s kids who expect their entertainment to be fast-paced. There are a whole host of characters (puppets, not computer animated) in each 25-minute segment (two segments per DVD), from Michael (Megan’s favorite) who introduces each segment to Buck Denver, the Jelly News anchor.
You’ll meet Sunday School Lady with her flannel graph (old parents like me, you might have to explain to your kids what a flannel graph is), Clive and Ian (my personal favorites), Chuck Waggin, and Captain Pete (who sounds suspiciously like Pa Grape to me). And, Phil Vischer himself is there interacting with the onscreen characters and speaking straight to the camera, explaining things to viewers.
There are even segments with kids answering questions like, “What would you ask God for?” I really like those because you’ve got the kids who give the really non-spiritual answers that make parents cringe like, “Definitely not underpants. I have a bunch of pairs of underpants.”
Then, of course, there are the kids who give the answers that make their parents beam with pride…and hope that they quit talking now before they say something embarrassing like that underwear kid.
I really like the way that What’s in the Bible? ties the Old Testament to the New Testament. Oftentimes, the Old Testament can seem like a bunch of rules and stories, while the New Testament contains all the “Jesus stories.” What’s in the Bible? shows how all the things that happened in the Old Testament tie in to God’s “rescue plan” that unfolds in the New Testament.
What Ages is What’s in the Bible For?
Like I mentioned, I thought What’s in the Bible was going to be way too young for my crew, but Megan, who is almost 11, and I really enjoyed it. Josh (12) even sat down and watched part of it with us.
This is Josh:
As you can see, he’s at that stage where he doesn’t like to smile for cameras and he’s going to make sure that he doesn’t laugh at things that might make him look like he’s not cool, but even he cracked a smile at my favorite part of What’s in the Bible?, Volume 5.
If you were ever a Veggie Tales fan and you enjoyed Silly Songs with Larry, you’re going to love Popsicle Stick Theater. That was my favorite part and the part that made Josh crack a smile.
If you’ve never heard the story of how King Saul turned to the Dark Side, you’ve got to get your hands on Volume 5.
You know how so many kids’ movies today have grown-up humor – the kind of things that the adults get, but it mostly goes over the kids’ heads? What’s in the Bible? has that, too – only it’s not the tacky kind that you are sincerely hoping is going over the kids’ heads. It’s just funny stuff.
Let’s just say you might want to be prepared to explain who Forest Gump is.
What’s in the Bible Supplemental Activities
You know how we homeschooling parents are. We don’t want just a video. We want stuff to go with it. What’s in the Bible’s got that!
There are coloring pages available for download from the What’s in the Bible website, as well as a coloring page that comes inside each DVD volume.
The website also features crafts and games and flashcards. The crafts and games link includes templates to make your own Popsicle stick theater, as well as crossword and word search puzzles. Most of the current activities are for Volume 1, but new stuff is being added.
Under the “parents” tab, you’ll also find a study guide for Volume 1. This is also the spot where future study guides for the other volumes will be added.
So what do you say? Are you excited to check out What’s in the Bible now? Well, you can! I’m giving away a copy of Volume 1. If you live in the U.S. and you win, you’ll receive a DVD copy. If you’re outside the U.S., you’ll receive a digital copy.
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling me which of the DVDs you like the best if you’ve seen any of them already or which one you’re most looking forward to watching if you haven’t. Then, click the Rafflecopter widget below to complete your entry.
The giveaway will and a winner will be drawn on Monday, July 2. By entering, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to abide by the official rules governing the giveaway.
You can also enter to win on any of the other participating blogs. You can also stay up-to-date on all What’s in the Bible happenings, like new releases or additions to the activities available on the website, by following What’s in the Bible on Twitter and Facebook.
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