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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2005
This A and E production for the History Channel is a summary of the history of the 12 Apostles and of Paul. Martin Sheen's narration makes this a powerful production: he gives the stories presented both flavour and emotion. The visual images are also quite dramatic: panning the location of many of the biblical events were to have occurred, snippets of audiovisual productions telling the Christian story, and artistic works inspired by biblical events.

The only drawback is that the content is not particularly enlightening as the production does not deviate greatly from the four gospels, the Acts, and Paul's letters from the NT. I would agree with the last reviewer: there is no political message in this material: it is merely reciting the historical events during the first century of the church.
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53 of 61 people found the following review helpful
on March 27, 2003
I completely disagree with Robin E. Simmons (a.k.a. "Top 1000 Reviewer") review of 3/24/03; I believe she has become bias in all her "reviewing"; perhaps you need to slow down Robin. I did not see ANY political or religious bias in this AT ALL - that's what, not only made this fascinating, but very informative. It is raw and it is very powerful; I felt it cuts straight to the heart of the history surrounding the Apostles. It certainly put the flesh on the skeleton for me. Definitely check them out!!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Let's call this what this is, a show to help you understand who the Apostles were without having to sift through the New Testament. Not that the NT isn't a good read. Consider this sort of the Cliff Notes version. It allows you to get into their heads a little more to see the hows and whys of their following Jesus.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2008
These discs represent examples of excellently produced documentaries about what we currently know about the lives of the 13 Apostles of Jesus and Paul (13 because I'm including Matthias). The information here includes what we can glean from the gospels and the Acts as well as from the traditions and other writings by the early Church Fathers like Clement, Peter's successor and Polycarp, a disciple of John. Most of what is presented about Paul comes from both the Acts and from his letters which predate all the written gospels.

The dvds has been very well produced and hence have excellent visual and sound quality which is in Dolby Digital Stereo. This would be an excellent resource for bible study groups and for the RCIA and/or other catechetical group study as it provides a context and historical background to what is read in the bible and hence helps to bring the readings of the gospels, the Acts and Paul's letters to an easier level of understanding for those interested in knowing more about the early years of Christianity.

Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Finally someone put together a documentary on the disciples and their personalities. Really truly entertaining stories!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2013
Some film quality is low but I am used to watching HD TV. Great film. Bought used and DVD was in excellent condition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2013
I have just gotten too the first couple of apostles but find the DVD very interesting and informative. Thanks. Crow
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on January 2, 2013
Catholic and Protestant scholars can disagree on the history of the events and this clearly has a Catholic bias. However, once you are aware of that it is an excellent presentation.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2011
I liked the way the guys stories were told. There couldn't have been much information about them to go on other than the bible itself but it was dramatized into a believable story that satisfied my desire to know more about these devoted men.
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on October 15, 2014
AAA+++
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