The True Christmas Story, DVD   -     By: Ray Vander Laan
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The True Christmas Story, DVD

Zondervan / 2002 / DVD

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Tiny Bethlehem lay in the shadow of the Herodian, the magnificent home of Herod the Great. In this remarkable program, Ray Vander Laan leads a tour through the palace ruins, the modest dwellings of Bethlehem, and other historical sites in Israel. The contrast between the grandeur of Palestine's king and the King of kings will astound you! Includes a 28-minute faith lesson. Approx. 60 minutes.
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Product Information

Format: DVD
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2002
ISBN: 0310242398
ISBN-13: 9780310242390
UPC: 025986242398
Series: That The World May Know

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Publisher's Description

A video exploration of two kings--the ruthless and wealthy Herod, and Jesus, creator of the universe. Teacher and historian Ray Vander Laan travels to the land of Israel to discover fascinating truths--biblical, archeological, and historical--about the events surrounding the birth of Jesus.

Author Bio

Ray Vander Laan is the founder of That the World May Know Ministries and creator of the Faith Lessons video series with Focus on the Family. An ordained minister, he holds the chair of biblical cultural studies as a religion instructor at Holland Christian Schools in Holland, Michigan. He and his wife, Esther, have four children and fifteen grandchildren.

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  1. 2 Stars Out Of 5
    The true Christmas Story DVD
    January 21, 2015
    There really was not much to it. Not as long as the cover indicates. Don't think I will use it again.
  2. 2 Stars Out Of 5
    Disappointing for a Vander Laan production
    December 16, 2014
    Ken Reed
    Quality: 4
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    Although the DVD claims 62 minutes running time, the title episode is only 18 minutes long. Even at that, it doesn't really describe the Christmas story at all; it is basically a comparison of the wealth and power of Herod vs. the meanness of the Savior's birth. The rest of the DVD is advertising for other Focus on the Family products, and a bonus video of the springs at En Gedi. Could have been much better if Ray had actually fulfilled what the title of the DVD claims.
  3. MO
    Gender: Female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Probably the worst Christmas Story ever told
    December 15, 2014
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    This is the story: Herod was wealthy and powerful at the time of the birth of Jesus. You can see the ruins of what he created. Look at the ruins and imagine how wonderful they were. See some caves, Jesus was probably born in something like that. Imagine how Mary and Joseph felt passing Herod's beautiful palaces.

    We have a small group bible study and at the end everyone was speechless because there was nothing to say about this. It was a waste of money. Very disappointing. I will avoid Ray Vander Laan in the future.
  4. 2 Stars Out Of 5
    January 5, 2012
    Quality: 3
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    I was very disappointed when I received this DVD. I respect RVL very much and always enjoy listening to him. I bought this DVD with high expectations to show my students. My students also enjoy hearing RVL and were very excited about it. When I paid $20.00 and received around 15 minutes of usable information and a ton of advertising that made up the rest of the DVD, I have to say I was disappointed.

    RVL's information was great as usual, but the price of the DVD does not reflect the amount of usable product received.
  5. Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    The Story of Christmas was very short!
    December 27, 2011
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    I have several DVD's from Ray Vander Laan and would recommend them to anyone. He is an excellent teacher. However, this DVD is only 20 minutes in length and I feel could have had a lot more to share about the birth of Jesus.
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