- Anthem for a Nation
- The Forbidden Book
- Mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls
- A Nation Adrift
- Teaching Origins Objectively
- Warriors of Honor
The DVDs cover a variety of topics, from United States history to Biblical history. I chose the DVD Mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls. This 60-minute DVD is divided into three parts. Part One is about 15 minutes long and gives information about the discovery and background of the important archaeological find known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. Part Two is titled "Hebrew Word Pictures" and gives a brief overview (about 15 minutes) of the structure of ancient Hebrew and the layered meanings of the word pictures. Part Three is "The Forbidden Book" and is about 30 minutes of history of how the Bible came to us in English.
- good overview of the topics - enough to satisfy curiosity and hit the highlights, and perhaps encourage further study.
- the presenters, especially Dr Seekins and Dr Lampe, clearly had a passion for the subjects they were discussing and enjoyed sharing that knowledge with others.
- although filmed very simply during a presentation before a live audience, I was impressed at the sound quality - there was no background noise or distraction from the audience that I could hear or see.
What I need to mention:
- I wish information had been provided on the DVD or on its cover about who the speakers are, their background or qualifications to speak knowledgeably on their topics, and where these presentations were given. I had no idea who these people were, or what made them trustworthy sources of information.
- While each segment does give plenty of information and is not boring, in my opinion, it is simply a video of lectures, with no flashy cinematography or on-location footage. Viewers should know not to expect that from this DVD, and it may not hold attention of younger viewers because of that.
Our bottom line: I felt that this was a good informational overview about the Dead Sea Scrolls, the ancient Hebrew language, and the preservation of Scripture throughout history. My husband and I watched the DVD, and our kids will watch it as part of their history studies, but in our home it wasn't something that the kids would have chosen to watch on their own. It may also be useful for adult Sunday School classes or Bible study groups that are studying these topics, giving background and understanding. For example, recently one of our study groups at church was discussing the Dead Sea Scrolls and many of the adults in the group knew very little about them or their significance - the perfect setting to show the first segment of this DVD.
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