The 18 episodes included are:
- The Historical Landscape
- The Announcements
- Jesus is Born
- Jesus Grows Up
- Jesus Starts His Ministry
- Jesus Returns to Galilee
- Jesus Begins His Miracles
- Jesus Teaches with Authority
- The Sermon on the Mount
- Jesus Travels the Sea of Galilee
- Jesus Travels North with His Apostles
- A Final Trip to Jerusalem
- Jesus Arrives in Jerusalem
- The Last Supper
- The Trial of Jesus
- The Crucifixion of Jesus
- The Resurrection of Jesus
- Who is Jesus?
Everything is arranged chronological, beginning with the land of Jesus' life. We then go through the birth and life of Jesus, exploring more than 50 ancient places in Israel, ultimately ending where you'd expect with the resurrection and prophesy. Frequently I would hear my step dad comment, "That's right. That's what it says." It's definitely memories I'll cherish forever.
I found episodes 15-17 particularly moving, especially since we were watching just before Easter. Something about seeing the actual places just made it more emotional. It brought it to a whole new light for all of us, I think. Especially Mr. B who I think had a hard time trying to picture the places he read about in the Bible. Even M said a few things really surprised him when he saw the actual places.
The study guide is included in the DVD set, and is made up of 118 color pages. This guide is great to use as a weekly study guide to promote discussion and deeper thinking. It flows beautifully with each episode, and it's very easy to use. Mr. B LOVES to just sit and read it and look at the pictures. I also used some of the discussion questions as writing prompts for Mr. B. You know how much I love products that cover more than one subject, and The Gospels does just that. We have Bible, History, Geography, and I managed to throw in Reading and Language Arts by having Mr. B read the study guide and write about the questions posted.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this set to everyone!
1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?
This is a PHYSICAL product. You can tailor it to fit your schedule as you see fit. I wouldn't skip around since the episodes are arranged chronologically, as best as possible. You can choose to watch them all at once, or spread them out and use the included study guide. It's all up to you.
3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long?
Each episode is around 30-minutes long. Mr. B had no problems maintaining attention since it interests him. You can always pause and start again, if needed.
You could tie this in with Bible studies, geography, history-especially Bible History, etc. We even used it for Reading and Language Arts since I pulled from the Study Guide and had him read the summaries in the Study Guide, and answer discussion questions like they were essay questions.