Saturday, February 15, 2014
What's in the Bible Volume 13 Review - Revelation with Puppets
Phil Vischer has done it. He's made it to the end of the Bible. Or rather, he's completed the 13th and final volume of the What's in the Bible series - a child-friendly, puppet filled overview of the Bible, summarizing and explaining themes of the books from Genesis to Revelation, "sticky-bits" and all.
You might be able to tell from the above, that I am a fan of the series. But really, where else are you going get to listen to a puppet pirate singing along with a Saturday Night Live-ish Sunday school lady about the symbols in Revelation - or see a grown man holding a stick puppet "dragon and the woman" set? Only on Amazon-Instant-View right now, apparently, as the actual DVD is not set to release until March 4th , or in short clips pulled off of YouTube, like the one below, but you get the idea.
In dealing with Revelation, the volume side-steps questions of the rapture and the millennium, and leans heavily enough on a symbolic interpretation of Revelation to catch the attention even casual dispensationalists. But, that being said, it presents one of the most clear, concise and complete overviews of the book I've ever seen, encouraging children (and their parents) to look at the larger themes of the prophecy (the forest), rather than obsessing over each individual symbol (the trees), so as not to "lose the forest for the trees."
The volume contains more than an overview of Revelation, though. The first half is a quick, running summary of the books of the general epistles, Hebrews through Jude, with a few songs thrown in to punctuate the major points. And, the entire thing wraps up with a review summary of the Bible as a whole.
All in all, a very satisfying ending to a very satisfying series.
It's great to be a homeschooler.