Directed Oscar winner for Best Art Direction-Set Direction (Star Wars) Roger Christian, Joseph & Mary is a compassionate, preponderate and riveting story of the all familiar Bible story. The story follows Elijah, played by Stephen McCarthy, a devout Rabbi, during a time of discontent when King Herod the Great slaughter of innocents claims the lives of two boys Elijah had sworn to protect. Elijah makes it his life mission to avenge their deaths, but he meets Joseph, played by Kevin Sorbo, Mary, played Lara Jean Chorostecki, and Jesus, played as a young boy by Lucius Hoyos and as a young man by Joseph Mesiano.
Elijah strong desire to revenge the two boys killed by King Herod are put into question. When the time comes for him to face his true enemy, Elijah finds himself wondering if to kill or forgive. Hence, this is a Christian Faith movie that has received the “Faith-Based Seal” by The Dove Foundation.
Elijah is one of the several stories in the movie about meeting Jesus but is the main story line. The acting is very well done and artfully depicts the biblical parents of Jesus as their newborn son helps them inspire faith in unlikely places. The scenes and direction are captivating with mesmerizing scenery, the miraculous journey delivers a powerful message of mercy and forgiveness.
Obvious a low-budget production that is meant to educate and enlighten, the movie is not for everyone because it is written to be shown at all Sunday School classes. The message is strong, offering the idea love your fellow man despite all efforts to do otherwise.
I have always been impressed with the documentaries produced by HISTORY. The Bible Collection is a fine example of a well-done production. The program covers everything you can image about the Bible and even more so. The quality of reenactments and speculations bring more life to such a devoted subject.
The 16-disc set of over 38 hours of programming examines both Judaism and Christianity. The series explores the mysteries and hidden facts about the history of the Bible. Three discs offer some of the most famous biblical stories from both the Old and New Testament. Also featured are 12 programs about the most famous biblical figures, and the screen format is both widescreen and full screen.
Includes the following DVDs:
- Bible Stories from The Old Testament – DVD#1
- Bible Stories from The Old Testament – DVD#2
- Bible Stories from The Old Testament – DVD#3
- Christianity: The First Two Thousand Years – DVD#1
- Christianity: The First Two Thousand Years – DVD#2
- Banned from The Bible – DVD
- Banned from The Bible II – DVD
- History Classics: Mysteries of The Bible: The Bible’s Greatest Heroes – DVD1/2
- History Classics: Mysteries of The Bible: The Bible’s Greatest Heroes – DVD3/4
- History Classics: Mysteries of The Bible: The Bible’s Greatest Heroes – DVD5
- Bible Secrets Revealed – DVD1
- Bible Secrets Revealed – DVD2
- Mysteries of The Bible FKA Collector’s Choice: Mysteries of The Bible – DVD1/2
- Mary of Nazareth – DVD/Jesus His Life
- The Execution of Jesus – DVD
- God Vs. Satan – DVD
I doubt anyone could watch all the programs in one sitting. I am sure most Sunday Schools would love this set, and play the DVDs that are appropriate for children. Some adults might want to watch each video as it sparks their interest in a certain aspect of the Bible, like Mary of Nazareth or where the Bible has been banned. No matter how the programs are viewed, I am sure each person will appreciate the value of the production and become better educated about such an ancient book.