A few years ago, I started to hear a few people talk about The BibleProject. I found it online, gave it a cursory look and moved on. Looking at it now, I’m much more impressed and would like to share it with you.
First thing to know – it’s (basically) black and white animation. Don’t be deceived or write it off; we’re not talking Disney/Bambi/cutesy animation. This is animation for adults. I suspect people in their mid to late teens would appreciate it; it takes a little bit of adjustment for us older folks because we are so wary when it comes to depictions and overviews of the books and people of the Bible. When we begin to relax and go with it, it’s really quite good.
Second – I’ll be the first to admit I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed but I don’t detect any denominational influence. This is the story of God and His people and you don’t need to have a denomination to appreciate the books and what God tells us about Himself and us.
Third – nothing will ever replace actually reading the Bible. There is something profound that happens when we actually read the words. When I speak to someone who says they’d like to read the Bible, I always recommend starting with the New Testament. My thought is, Learn Jesus first, then go read how we got to Jesus. Work through the chapters, get informed, understand, get perspective. If you ‘get’ Jesus, you’ll understand God.
I picked this particular video because I thought the graphics – especially of the Pharaoh of the plagues – was done really well and would capture your attention. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uf-PgW7rqE&list=PLVpri7vfPPtKUOaqAAjEtZR4C-bO5Y_XQ&index=8
Look – you’re tooling around YouTube anyway, right? Take five or ten minutes, pick one of your favorite books of the Bible and see what it might look like. I think you’ll enjoy the talent and inspiration.