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A Lamp in the Dark: The Untold History of the Bible

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A Lamp in the Dark is an exciting documentary that shows the intriguing history of the Bible. Enter into a world of saints and martyrs battling against spies, assassins, and wolves in sheep's clothing. Through the Middle Ages, the popes and Inquisition forbade biblical translation, threatening imprisonment and death to those who disobeyed. Learn the lives of men like John Wycliffe, Martin Luther, William Tyndale, Myles Coverdale and others, who hazarded their lives to communicate the Bible in languages people could understand. With the Fall of Constantinople, ancient Greek manuscripts came into Europe, and with them, the clear streams of understanding that would bring about the Protestant Reformation. But what is little known is that Rome launched a Counter Reformation with the intent of destroying all the works of the Reformers. Could this be the key to the "untold" history of the Bible? And is it possible that this ancient war on the Word of God continues to this day?

About the Director

Christian J. Pinto is the founder of the Adullam Films Christian film ministry, whose documentaries focus on Bible prophecy and its fulfillment in history past and present. His past previous films have won 4 Telly Awards and received top honors at New York and Los Angeles film festivals.

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Product Details

  • Actors: David Brown, Roger Oakland, Alan O'Reilly, D.A. Waite
  • Directors: Christian J. Pinto
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: Adullam Films
  • DVD Release Date: November 12, 2009
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (309 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002XAZ87K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,125 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This film is three hours jam packed with information about the history of the Bible, and the blood that was shed so that our generation could read it. Sadly, too few Christians really understand the sacrifice of the saints who have come before us, especially during the Inquisition era. "A Lamp in the Dark" has been called a "sure cure for Christian apathy," and does not pull any punches in revealing the uncomfortable truth of the Dark Ages.

The production goes on location to England and Belgium, to the British Library and the William Tyndale Museum, the site where Tyndale was strangled and burnt at the stake, and then Erasmus House in Anderlecht. There are original interviews with the curators of these museums who explain significant facts about the history of Textus Receptus and the development of the English Bible. There is a lot of footage of ancient manuscripts and even a replica of the jail cell where Tyndale was kept before he was put to death. The film really gives a timeline of the Bible from the first century up through the Middle Ages, climaxing with the King James Bible of 1611, and showing that the reason Rome hates the KJV is because it represents the collective work of the Protestant Reformation.

The documentary also seems designed as a witnessing tool to Roman Catholics, since it confronts some of the key doctrines of the Catholic Church, including transubstantiation, papal authority and the veneration of Mary. The producers were careful to focus their commentary on the teachings of the Reformers, and show clearly how the faith of modern Evangelical Christians developed by recovering the original teachings of the Bible.
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This is the most comprehensive film regarding the history of the Bible that I have ever seen to date. This film is easy to follow and understand. It is constantly interjecting pictures and short dramatizations regarding the information being explained. The script is concise and at times compelling. This film leaves no stone unturned.

This film is extremely exhaustive with chapter titles;
The Gospel Record; The Roman Church; Dominic and the Inquisition; The Pilgrim Church; John Wycliffe; The Great Reformation; William Tyndale; Tyndale to King James;Enter The Jesuits; and The King James Bible.
It documents dates and sources from which it derives its information. Not only does it compile its history from reliable sources...

this is perfectly scriptural in its presentation of Biblical Christianity's history. This film is a breathe of fresh air when it comes to a solid historical viewpoint. It does not set forth politically correct views regarding the Catholic church or their historical doctrines. I appreciate its extra chapter regarding the KJV. I hope that many who use modern translations see this film and appreciate the translation approach and uniqueness of this KJV.

This film is a must see by anyone slightly interested in the history of the Bible. I whole heartily recommend this volume.
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This is an outstanding overview of how the various translations of the Bible came about, and why. I was moved to learn more about those faithful and courageous individuals who labored to deliver God's Word to the common man, in their common language...many of whom paid the ultimate price for defying man's law, which tried to keep the Bible locked away from the "pigs," as commoners were then considered (alluding to the scriptural injunction, "Cast not your pearls before swine.") I was also shocked to learn about the potent forces still active today, ever-intent on corrupting God's Word and ensnaring the unsuspecting.

I was somewhat disappointed by not learning more about how the earliest writings came to be compiled into the finished form we have today, but obviously, that exceeded the scope of the project.

All in all, though - with few exceptions - I was riveted through the entire three hours and definitely plan to buy more copies to share with others. Based on my experience as a teacher, I would not recommend this for elementary-age students.
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AS the other films, this was very well done! As a former Catholic I found it intruging and nessacary.The film gives a great perspective on a religon many never question for themselves. I know many catholic people,who are good GOD loving folks,but just wish they would take a closer look at the religion they follow.Open up the KJ and read! As a young girl I found herasys with the catholic religion right away.....look at the 2nd commandment the The Second Commandment
"You shall not make for yourself a carved image--any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments." Exodus 20:4-6

I realized as a little girl the catholic church is full of them! The Roman Catholic "Church" Purposely takes out
one of God's Ten Commandments

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