Joshua and the Battle of Jericho, Greatest Heroes and Legends of the Bible DVDCinedigm Entertainment Holdings / DVD$5.49 Retail:3.5 Stars Out Of 5 5 Reviews
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Mamma Bear1 Stars Out Of 5Vigilant Christians: BewareMay 30, 2018Mamma BearQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1I had my mother purchase Greatest Heroes & Legends of the Bible for my children for Christmas, as I thought it would be good for them to have wholesome Bible stories as cartoons instead of some of the other stuff that is available out there. I am very sorry about this decision.
These cartoons are full of so many subtle errors and discrepancies that I found myself constantly stopping the video to explain to my children: (1) Ok, that part did not really happen, and (2) That is not what it says in the Bible. The creators of these videos took so much artistic license that it crosses the line into deception. For example, the story of Samson and Delilah shows Delilah as a sympathetic character who really cared about and loved Samson and wept when he was captured. They portrayed her as only acting under duress after having her life threatened by bullies. (Um, what? Where is that in Scripture?) Other odd things include showing the shepherds bringing gifts to the baby Jesus, when Scripture tells us that the wise men were the ones who brought gifts. There was a child narrator riding on a camel and singing ballads. That part did not really bother me so much as I understand the desire to have a narrator. What really bothered me were the gross liberties that were taken with the substantive parts of Scripture in quite a few of the stories. Sometimes the motives of the characters were completely made up and deviated from the clear motives that were explicitly explained in Scripture.
I also got Jonah and the Whale and Joshua and the Battle of Jericho to go along with the 10 episode compilation. But something did not feel right in my spirit, so I decided to read the small print on the back of those DVD cases. I saw that the Jonah and Joshua DVDs are published by the Gaiam company and one contains a flower of life logo. (As you may or may not know, the word gaia is often used by those who practice various forms of mother earth worship, and the flower of life image is part of the occultic belief system.) If you look up the Gaiam company, its entire webpage is dedicated to yoga, the New Age movement, and other practices that are abhorrent to Bible-believing Christians. So why is a New Age company publishing Bible cartoons for children? (Things that make you go hmmm . . . . ) I should have been more leery when the series used the word Legends in the title. The Bible is not a legend. It is the Word of God.
Vigilant Christians: Beware. The seeds of confusion are not worth the few moments of fleeting entertainment. New believers and those who do not thoroughly know the Word of God (ie. small children) could easily be confused and not even spot the errors. I feel nauseated that I brought these products into my home. My trust in Christianbook is shaken.
Edited to Add: I totally agree with the other reviewer who noted the false storyline of Rahab's son from Jericho. The cartoon goes into laborious detail about this fake character who never even existed in the Bible. Why? It seems to me that the purpose of this video is to sow confusion and doubt about the Word of God into unsuspecting young children.
Dee5 Stars Out Of 5Joshua and Battle of JerichoSeptember 25, 2015DeeQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Bought for my grandson. He loves it.
Sandy Harris2 Stars Out Of 5March 12, 2010Sandy HarrisI know it is not necessary to be completed accurate, but it does not mention in the Bible that Rahab had a son. It only says that she had a father, mother, brothers, and other relatives.Why would it have been so hard to have shown those characters?
Julia EWIAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5February 5, 2010Julia EWIAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleLooking forward to sharing this with my grandkids. There dad's name is Joshua. I think they should know the story.
Mike Netter5 Stars Out Of 5July 31, 2007Mike NetterGreat for the children and brings a visual reality to the story so they can know what it was like many years ago.
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