Have you ever read the letters of Paul in the Bible and wondered what the locations of the recipients looked like? What temptations and trials they were facing? What lands Jesus and the disciples traveled into?
Over the years our family has enjoyed many such videos that focus on the physical lands mentioned in the Bible. There are SO many out there, many of them focusing on Jerusalem. We were excited to be chosen to review a video from FishFlix.com titled “Exploring Ephesus: City of Apostles.”
So..with so many out there, what makes this one different from the rest? Follow us on our journey, with ‘tour guides’ Dr. Mark Wilson and Dr. Andy Jackson into the intriguing area of Ephesus, including the Island of Patmos where the apostle John was exiled to!
What We Received:
The item that we received for review was a physical DVD. Retailing for $14.99, FishFlix.com is offering it for $11.99. If you visit the listing for Exploring Ephesus, there is the option of watching the trailer to decide if the product looks interesting to you.
What is it?
In this enlightening DVD, you will walk, take drives in a convertible, and even ride a boat across the beautiful Mediterranean to the elusive Island of Patmos where the Apostle John wrote the book of Revelation. Step back in time with tour guides Dr. Mark Wilson and Dr. Andy Jackson, distinguished historians who have made Biblical Turkey their area of special interest.
How we utilized it in our homeschool:
We currently have a 6 year old, 7 year old, 14 year old and 16 year old in our homeschool. Grade “levels” are getting harder to determine as they work above, at, or below level depending upon what is needed for each child. Roughly, they are Kindy, 2nd, 8th and 11th.
Friday’s are special days in our home. The basics are usually completed this day (language arts, math and Bible), as well as an afternoon discussion with the teens. However, on Fridays, we order take-out pizza for lunch and usually try to watch something educational while we eat. It also has to have some level of ‘fun’ to it as well.
On one such Friday, we put in Exploring Ephesus for all of us to watch together, and discuss. All of my children quickly became enthralled at seeing the locations that they had only ‘read’ about in their Bible, or ‘heard’ about at home and in church.
The younger girls were amazed when the boat ride was taken over to the Island of Patmos, and they immediately recognized the name as that of the place that the Apostle John was located! My boys particularly loved the archaeological aspect and seeing so many of the ruins. They also didn’t mind their ‘teachers’ because their voices weren’t boring or monotonous like we have found many documentaries to be. In fact, it’s easy to spot the friendship between the two as they take turns speaking about various landmarks and ruins, seemingly ‘teaching’ each other. We can say one thing: They DEFINITELY know their stuff about Biblical Turkey and their enthusiasm is contagious!
Bible verses are quoted throughout the film, and this often makes you feel that you are transported to the times of the Apostles. This was one of our favorite parts. My girls have been members of AWANA for quite a few years, so they have many verses ingrained in their little brains–of which I am deeply thankful for. So when a verse was brought up, sometimes they would say the verse along with the speaker, try to finish it before the speaker, or look on in amazement as the verse ‘suddenly’ came alive in context of the place that it actually happened!
Top notch documentary that is entertaining and reaches a wide range of ages. Nothing inappropriate for younger viewers. I cannot wait to read Ephesians as a family and add this video along with that study! I am thrilled to have found a wonderful company like FishFlix.com and plan to purchase from the site often–they have SO many wonderful choices! I also plan to purchase more titles featuring either one, or both, singly or together, of this ‘teaching duo.’ It was WELL enjoyed by every one of us!
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