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Jacob's Ladder Episodes 12 & 13: David
Here is the sixth and final DVD in a series developed for youth ages 10-15 that will bring the Old Testament alive.
The clever storyline surrounds a group of young teenagers, “the teen pack,” who come across an old lighthouse. A mysterious character called Rafael, the lighthouse keeper, is able to transport members of the teen pack back in time. There they become involved in the Biblical characters' lives and stories as we see them unfold. This approach faithfully retells the Bible stories while presenting them in a fascinating way for today's youth. Though geared for youth, these stories provide inspiring, character-building lessons that are appropriate for people of all ages. Each episode is 30 minutes in length.
Episode 12: David on the Run
King Saul wants David dead but has failed to get him killed on the battlefield. In his madness, Saul throws a spear at David while he plays the lute for the king. David runs for his life and finds refuge with Samuel the prophet. King Saul sends an army unit to the chapel where Samuel meets with a group of priests. The soldiers are unable to arrest David, and in the end King Saul himself rides out to meet with Samuel and to take David prisoner, or so he hopes. However, the king's military strength is ineffective against Samuel's spiritual power. Still on the run, David decides to seek refuge with a neighboring king, hoping he will not be recognized. When he does get recognized, he pretends to be mad and is thrown out as a result. Back in Canaan, David knows that the king's men are closing in on him.
Episode 13: A New King
King Saul is in hot pursuit of David, who is hiding in a cave. When the king walks into the cave, David has the opportunity to kill the man who is trying to kill him. Instead, David secretly cuts off a piece of the king's cloak. Shortly afterwards, David confronts the king from a high rock and begs King Saul to stop hunting him down. Saul is completely taken by surprise. He cancels the chase and invites David to join him on his way back to the palace, but David knows that he just cannot trust King Saul. He decides to seek refuge with King Boran, an enemy king, under the pretense that he has turned against King Saul. Boran invites David to join him in battle against Saul, and David reluctantly agrees. He may have to switch sides at the last minute. Meanwhile, Saul is desperate for help….
Bonus Features:“Behind-the-scenes” segment
PDF study materials
Jacob's Ladder Episodes 12 & 13: David Details:
Jacob's Ladder Episodes 12 & 13: David - DVD – Sherril P, 08/26/2015
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Jacob's Ladder Episodes 12 & 13: David - DVD – Tracy G, 08/03/2011
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Jacob's Ladder: The Complete Series - DVD – Swan D, 07/13/2009
I thought this series was going to be engaging and interesting to watch. I usually do enjoy children's videos and family movies. However, this was so low-budget that even I was bored watching it and that was just the first video. I wouldn't have even been interested as a kid in this film. This is an age where graphics inspire imagination and make stories come to life. Live-action when done poorly, like a renaissance-fair re-enactment, ends up looking like kitsch or campy. That's what this was like. I liked the premise, but this if the whole series is like the first video, it needs a serious update.
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