I have used almost all of the Ray Vander Laan series over the past Year and half in my adult class and just recently acquired this DVD lesson to cover material not previously examined. Even though it is a much earlier production, it is as equally good as the others in the series.
We were introduced to this series of DVDs in the mid 1990's at church and began buying them for our family. At first we used them for homeschooling Bible studies but we continued watching them over and over. Back then they were VHS and lately we've had problems with them wearing out and getting stuck in the VCR so we just ordered the first five again, this time on DVD. That's how good they are. We have all 12 and the study guides that go along with them and just continue to watch them in order from start to finish and never tire of them. Ray Vander Laan is an incredible, humble, insightful teacher and teaches from his heart as well as his mind. The scripture becomes much more real as he explains different cultures, customs and meanings of the Bible. Even though we have watched them many times it seems we still learn something new each time that we didn't pick up on before. Can't recommend these highly enough. Every time we get a catalog from CBD I open it first to these DVDs to check and see if #13 has arrived yet. We will continue to purchase them. It's the best Bible teaching my husband and I have ever received and we've been in church all our lives.
I used this video for a small adult Sunday School class with limited amount of time--about 45 min. The class really likes seeing areas of the Holy Land and the discussion afterwards. The booklets are full of additional weekly indepth studies.
THE TEACHING IS SET ON LOCATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST, MOSTLY IN ISRAEL. ACHEOLOGICAL SITES ARE SHOWN AND USED TO EXPLAIN POINTS IN THE LESSON. IT MAKES IT SEEM AS IF THE VIEWER IS PRESENT WHILE THE DISCUSSION IN GOING ON. EACH LESSON BUILDS ON THE PREVIUS ONE. THE INSTRUCTOR BRINGS EVERYTHING TOGETHER IN AWAY THAT CAUSES THOUGHTFUL REFLECTION AFTER WATCHING.