As a mother to two preschoolers who are avid Veggie Tales fans, I'm very familiar with the work of Phil Vischer. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review his new DVDs, What's in the Bible? DVDs 1-3
What's in the Bible? grew out of Phil's vision before the Veggie Tales series took root. Phil was concerned about the lack of biblical literacy in the new generation growing up in the church. Each video not only gives a "big picture" of one or several biblical books, but it also seeks to explain biblical and theological vocabulary at a 5-8 year old level. However, as adults who attend a biblically sound church my husband and I even learned a few things from these DVDs.
What's in the Bible? has the feel of a variety show. The hosts are Phil Vischer himself and "man of news" Buck Denver. Pastor Paul, Sunday School Lady, and Brother Louie (who you expect to jump into a round of "Hello Dolly" at any minute) explain theological vocabulary at a child's level. Several characters use music to teach key concepts. Most of the Bible stories are shown through cartoons or puppet shows.
My husband and I enjoyed this series just as much as the kids did. I don't think my 2-year-old really learned much from it, but my 5-year-old really enjoyed the series and I even heard her use the word "holy" in the correct context. If you are expecting a complete chapter-by-chapter telling of biblical stories, this series doesn't cover every chapter. Let's face it, its just not possible to retell a book of the Bible thoroughly in an hour. However, what these DVDs provide is a great theologically sound "jumping off" point. I believe God has designed us as parents to be the primary instructors of our children when it comes to spiritual matters. These DVDs provide a great tool for doing just that.
I am going to focus specifically on the third DVD. Some of the specific concepts defined are: Pentateuch, the law, ritual laws versus ethical laws, and holiness. These DVDs are a great way to teach a new concept in an enjoyable manner. Also, they would provide a great introduction to a book of the Bible which we would read as a family.
Be sure to check out What's in the Bible for more information on this series. We highly enjoyed it!
Disclosure: I received these DVDs for free in exchange for a review. This review is my honest opinion.