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Bible Backgrounds: The History of the Early Church

Bible Lands in History

This product package contains six videos in script and template form allowing the translator to put Bible history in any language through illustrations and photographs of actual locations.  Each product set includes images, scripts, tutorials, and music files.  A major emphasis of the set is on the writing of the New Testament and early church history from the book of Acts.

This slide set and script tells the story of how the Scriptures came to us, describing the various writers and manuscripts.  There is an explanation of the form of New Testament letter writing, such as those written by Paul, Peter, and others, and information on how letters were copied and sometimes confiscated and destroyed during the persecution.

The New Testament and Letter Writing


The script covers the early Church from the first persecution by Saul, the death of Stephen, and Paul's conversion and subsequent preaching.  There is also mention of his trip to Tarsus and a review of his Jewish background and heritage.


The Spread of the Early Church, Part 1: Saul, Stephen, and Paul's Conversion

We join Paul and Barnabas as they journey to Cyprus, Tarsus, and Antioch, Syria.  Along the way there are images of the ruins at each ancient site along with a description of the journey and some historical events.  The story ends with the Jerusalem Council and the spread of the Gospel to the West.


The Spread of the Early Church, Part 2: Paul's First Missionary Journey and the Jerusalem Council


Paul and Silas journey west through Macedonia, present-day Greece.  The narrative covers the Greek and Roman influence in the world at that time.  There are images of Philippi and Athens, including background on Lydia, the cloth-and-dye merchant; the Philippian prison; the amphitheaters; and what Paul discovered in Athens.


The Spread of the Early Church, Part 3: Paul's Second Missionary Journey

Paul and Silas continue their journey through Athens and then Corinth.  The narrative covers his time in Athens, visiting the acropolis.  It discusses the Greek gods which were worshiped at that time and shows images of the places Paul and Silas visited.


The Spread of Early Church, Part 4: Paul's Second Missionary Journey — Athens and Corinth


Paul's third and final journey takes him to various cites, including Ephesus.  The narrative covers Paul's meeting with the church, the temple at Ephesus, and his preaching at the amphitheater.  It also follows his imprisonment and trip to Rome for final sentencing.  


The Spread of the Early Church, Part 5: Paul in Ephesus

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