Friday, June 17

Is the Bible Reliable DVD set

from The Truth Project by Focus on the Family

How are we to know if the Bible is reliable, especially when it seems people are constantly bringing up ‘evidence’ or promoting thoughts that seem to imply that the Bible cannot be trusted.  Rarely do we hear about discoveries that may actually support the Bible as being historically accurate.  This has found to be especially true in Colleges, where Christians are often first exposed to people who not only disagree with Christianity but who may be openly hostile to it.

To help prepare students for the challenges they would face, Focus on the Family started The Truth Project, which in turn established TrueU.  True U is releasing several DVD sets to help high schools better understand their faith and to engage with skeptics and unbelievers in.  Is the Bible Reliable is one of those sets and focuses on looking at archeology and trying to discern if the Bible can be relied on as an accurate, historic document.

Dr. Stephen Meyer, director of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture and author of numerous articles, acts as a professor teaching a class about the historical merits of the Bible by using archeological discoveries.  There are 10 episodes and each one is 30 minutes long.  Each episode is set as a class, with Dr. Meyer presenting the evidence to the class, with the episodes content ranging from evidence for the exodus to evidence for the Gospels and for the trial of Jesus.  Also included is a 92 page discussion guide so that it can be used in Bible studies or Sunday School settings.

At first I thought the class setting of the episodes would quickly grow boring and I was surprised to see that they were actually pretty engaging and not at all boring.  Through a combination of multiple takes and what seems to be a multi-camera the editing is smooth.  Dr. Meyer is an engaging speaker and excels at presenting the information in a way that is interesting, informative, and in relating the importance of the data while not making it boring.  Having taken a World Civilization’s course at my college that largely covered ancient civilizations, I recognized some of the information presented, but a lot of it was new to me.  We are shown how these archeological discoveries, all from extra-Biblical sources, help show that the Bible is historically accurate.

The only part that I really thought need some improvement was in the presenting of archeology-specific vocabulary.  Whenever a word is presented that the video creators thought the audience may not recognize, the video is paused and a definition appears for the term before the video resumes.  During this time, not only is the video paused, but the sound cuts out as well.  The first time this happened, I thought the video froze because it went completely silent.  I wish some ambient noise, or even some soft music could be introduced/continued to make it a bit less jarring.

Another annoying points is that when I put the DVD in the subtitle were on by default (something other DVD’s don’t have on my player).

Included on the DVD is a short documentary about the challenges student face when they first enter college, including a few specific examples and interviews.

All in all this is an excellent resource for high school students, especially those who are student bound and for current college students.  It is also great for those who are older who may be seeking answers to many of the accusations they’ve heard about Christianity and the Bible.  In addition to this set, there are other sets that cover questions such as, Does God Exist?  And, another set about Jesus (I have not watched the other series).

4.5/5 stars

For another great guide for soon to be college students, check out my review on Tyndale's Thriving At College.

I received this DVD free from Tyndale. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

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