As I have admitted before, I’m a bit awkward when it comes to teaching my children about the Bible. I know all the basic stories: Adam and Eve, Noah and the Ark, Jonah and the Whale, etc; but the Bible is so much more than that. I want my children to have a well-rounded appreciation and understanding of it. That’s why I chose to consult some puppets.
Puppets, you ask? Yes, I said puppets. Puppets lead the cast of the new What’s in the Bible? DVD series from Phil Vischer, creator of VeggieTales. It goes beyond the stories of the Bible to tell you the who, what, when, where, why, and how of those stories. Phil Vischer has created this series as a way to reach out to the youth that the church seems to be losing over the last several years:
I shouldn’t have judged the puppets. This is a group of endearing characters. As the host, Buck Denver is knowledgeable and sweet. His cast of friends is quite eclectic and ranges from Ian who thinks they should use ponies to teach Scripture to Pirate Pete who harbors a wealth of knowledge about church history. Each character brings something special to the show; omitting one would be like a puzzle without one piece.
The kids both loved the What’s in the Bible? DVD. W says her favorite part is the Genesis song, while C enjoys the What’s in the Bible? theme song. After watching the video, both of them have gleaned a lot of information about the Bible such as:
- the history behind the Septuigant and Apocrypha
- the number of years the Bible spans
- the number of books in the Bible
- the meaning of the word Genesis
I have seen other Bible videos in the past and most of them have only taught the stories. I like that this series starts with teach kids about the Bible itself. It strips away many of the misconceptions that kids may have about the book and its authors. I can’t wait until the entire series is finished. So far, there are eight DVDS available: from Creation to the story of Esther, and including the poetry and prose of the Bible. What’s in the Bible? also has a wonderful website where you can download individual episodes and Bible printables. I recommend you check it out and your children can start learning about the Bible today!