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History Classics: Mysteries of the Bible - The Bible's Greatest Heroes [DVD]

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After thousands of years of debate and question, MYSTERIES OF THE BIBLE explores many of the greatest tales of Scripture. Filmed on location throughout the Holy Land, and utilizing modern scientific techniques and newfound archaeological discoveries, MYSTERIES OF THE BIBLE reveals surprising facts and theories behind the legendary figures and fabled stories of the Bible. Ten full-length programs from the acclaimed Mysteries of the Bible series are featured in this collection including: a journey from the lands of Mesopotamia and Canaan to Jerusalem's holiest sites to discover if Abraham really existed; a dramatic investigation into what remains one of the Bible's most intriguing chapters the story of Joseph; an extraordinary discovery indicates that King David--poet, warrior, and slayer of the great giant named Goliath--was not just a mythical figure; an inspiring portrait of the life and times of Jesus Christ with answers to some of history s most enduring questions; and much, much more.

MYSTERIES OF THE BIBLE: THE BIBLE S GREATEST HEROES contains 10 documentaries on 5 DVDs.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: The History Channel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: A&E Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 470 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005ELVCBG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,408 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I expected this DVD set to align solely with biblical text and was pleasantly surprised to find that may references have archaeological evidence to support biblical text! I am not a religious person, but rather a fact finder. The Bible is one of the world's oldest history books and it was wonderful to watch a DVD that proves many of the historical references in biblical text now supported by modern day findings. I'm on my last disc in the set and sad it will end...definitely worth the investment and a keeper!
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I was initially a little put off by the dated look of the documentaries, but the stories are fascinating and I quickly got over it. There is interesting input from biblical scholars throughout. Every documentary is fair and balanced, never blatantly advocating any Abrahamic religions and in some cases, challenging them. Overall, I finished the set and felt I learned a lot. My only complaint is the order of the documentaries, they start out chronological to the Bible (or Tanakh) and then sort of jump around. But you can always just pick the order that suits you.
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This is one of the favorite DVDs in my collection. Very entertaining and informational, even if you're not into religious shows. It has a very high replay value. I've watched it probably 4 or 5 times all the way through and am still picking up on things I missed. A little dated, but very well done.
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these DVDs protray an actual account of these people and the Bible. I enjoyed learning more about the person so that it is easier for me to understand why they may have did the things they did
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Despite the History Channel packaging, this five-disc set actually contains 10 episodes of A&E's richly produced "Mysteries of the Bible" series hosted by Richard Kiley in the 1990s. The actual content is very substantial, featuring a summary of Biblical tales with a consideration of the historicity (particularly archaeological record) behind each one. The non-chronological 43-minute episodes feature Abraham and Joseph (Old Testament) on Disc 1, King David and Jesus Christ on Disc 2, Jacob and Joshua on Disc 3, Job and King Solomon on Disc 4, and Samson & Delilah and Moses on Disc 5.

The big problem with these Biblical documentaries is that they are monotonous, dated, and unimaginative in their presentation style. Every episode features Kiley's sonorous narration with the same woman's voiceover reading Bible excerpts, interspersing scholarly interviews with static photography of religious artwork and some nice modern-day footage of religious and archaeological sites in the Middle East. Also, the episodes spend more time summarizing the Biblical stories than analyzing them. After a few minutes, the repetitive style becomes sleep-inducing, as one comes to appreciate how modern CGI animations and theatrical recreations have amped up the quality of this sort of documentary in the past ten years.

In summary, I think these videos might be of great interest to an adult Bible study or religion class, but I believe teenagers and younger kids will be incredibly bored by the programs. I would not show it to kids or teens today because it is too far removed from the quick-cutting, digitally enhanced television programs they are used to seeing. These episodes (over 7 hours on 5 discs) are remarkably informative as summaries of Biblical stories with informed analysis, but they are also incredibly dull by comparison to the "reality TV" style of more recent cable TV documentaries.
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Mysteries of the bible has been a history classic since it was produced all those years ago... never gets old!
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Well some of the stories are well put together other are not for the price it is a good deal so if you can get it for 9 dollars go ahead but not much more than that.
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For those who as a child sat through Sunday school or endured yet another session of bible study this film collection will bring back familiar tales of bible heroes. It is a good educational lesson on some of the well known characters. It is coupled with new research into solving the debate as to whether these events ever occurred. Also, a nice documentary for those history enthusiasts out there, I recommend it.
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