I was asked by FishFlix.com staff if I’d be willing to review Christian DVDs. I didn’t know which genre’s movie I’d receive, but I was pretty stoked when I saw it was a biblical documentary: Apostle Paul and the EarliestChurches DVD. I’m not really into fiction (books or movies, to be honest), so this one promised/hoped to be right up my alley.
However, when I inserted the DVD into my blue ray player, I was a little taken aback when I heard the odd music and saw the less-than-stellar picture quality on my screen. My first impression was, “Wow, this seems dated” (which I discovered in the end credits that it was copyrighted/produced in 2003!).
The content of the video itself takes the watcher through Paul’s missionary journeys as told by Luke in the book of Acts, stopping briefly at the cities of Asia Minor. The video showed excavations as well as modern life in those ancient locations. Being only 48 minutes long, however, the video’s brief stops at each city are but mere fly-by's, each stop not containing much depth.
From the DVD menu, the controller has the option to select from the various DVD chapters:
- Paul’s Calling
- First Missionary Journey
- Second Missionary Journey
- Third Missionary Journey
- A Lasting Legacy
After the video has run its course, you can remove the DVD and insert it into your PC’s CD-ROM for an added feature: a PDF study guide. I’ll be honest, the study guide (in my opinion) was pretty decent. The guide contained a few pictures, brief historical background, and numerous questions for individual or group study.
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Recommendations/Rating: I give this one just 2 stars. I wasn’t very interesting/engaging, and its quality is dated.
Disclaimer: I received this DVD free of charge from FishFlix.com in exchange for my unbiased review of it. All opinions are mine.