Item description for The Parables of Jesus: Six In-depth Studies Connecting the Bible to Life (Deeper Connections) by Matt Williams...
Overview This series of Bible Study guides with DVDs provides the depth for a more thorough study of the Bible, allowing participants to make deeper connections with a knowledge of historical background of the Bible, biblical text, and real life applications.
Jesus communicated deep spiritual truths through simple, vivid, and engaging stories. Woven from the stuff of everyday life, the parables of Jesus made the kingdom of God understandable and accessible to his listeners. Gain new insights into his parables and their meanings that will help you to appreciate more fully their relevance for your own life. The Teachers: Dr. Gary Burge, Wheaton College Dr. David Garland, Truett Theological Seminary Dr. Mark Strauss, Bethel Seminary Dr. Michael Wilkins, Talbot School of Theology Dr. Matt Williams, Biola University Dr. Ben Witherington III, Asbury Theological Seminary
This series of Bible Study guides with DVDs provides the depth for a more thorough study of the Bible, allowing participants to make deeper connections with a knowledge of historical background of the Bible, biblical text, and real life applications.
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Record Label Zondervan
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.25" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Binding DVD Video
Release Date Apr 8, 2007
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
Series Deeper Connections
ISBN 0310271908 ISBN13 9780310271901 UPC 025986271909
Availability 0 units.
More About Matt Williams
Matt Williams is the founding pastor and directional leader of Grace Church in Greenville, South Carolina. He received his BA from Clemson University and his ThD from Dallas Theological Seminary.
Matt Williams currently resides in Independence.
Matt Williams has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about The Parables of Jesus: Six In-depth Studies Connecting the Bible to Life (Deeper Connections)?
Parables of Jesus Dec 10, 2009
I just concluded my church small group using this video/book and both my class members and myself thought this was very well done. I advised my group of the quirkiness based on other this site reviews, but that didn't dampen my group's response to the videos. Each of us thought they were well done and very infomrative. We all agreed some were better presented than others, videos number 2 and 6 stand out as being quite exceptional, but overall every one of the segments had merit.
The viewer must get used to the format. Each videos starts out with the host appearing soewhere in the holy land. Then they transition to a biblical scholar based somewhere in the US. The host only appears for a couple of minutes at the start of each lesson then plasy no further role. Once we break away from the host, theme music runs again as if we're beginning something new. After the second set of theme music the video will cite the Biblical reference then transition to the presenter. While this all seems a bit odd, it really doesn't detract from the overall presentation.
I recommend this for any Bible study class. My church offered this as an adult education opportunity but now I've learned it is considering other uses. I do believe this has many options for general church education. Once my class ended, people were left wanting more. Since there are many more parables to consider, perhaps a volume two will be forthcoming.
Detailed study on Parables Nov 26, 2008
I have gone through this study twice with two different groups. It's a wonderful study that truly brings Jesus words to life! Each session is full of indepth details regarding the culture and expectations of Jewish life in Jesus' day. Not only do the professors provide valuable insight into the specific parables, but they provide necessary application for our daily walk with God. This study is definitely enlightening and well worth your time.
A unique, in-depth study of the Parables of Jesus!!! Jun 25, 2008
The three-volume Deeper Connections series produced by Zondervan is unique. Unlike any other Bible study available, this visually stunning DVD series is taught and written by biblical experts - six professors with specialized areas of knowledge. The three volumes in this study series are :
1. The Parables of Jesus 2. The Prayers of Jesus 3. Miracles of Jesus
The Teachers featured on the series are : Dr. Gary Burge, Wheaton College; Dr. David Garland, Truett Theological Seminary; Dr. Mark Strauss, Bethel Seminary; Dr. Michael Wilkins, Talbot School of Theology; Dr. Matt Williams, Biola University; Dr. Ben Witherington III, Asbury Theological Seminary.
Hosted by Jarrett Stevens and filmed in locations as diverse as Gloucester harbor, the Holy Land, Boston's Old North Church, and Chicago's lakefront, each volume consists of six fascinating sessions. Each session is taught by a different instructor and consists of three components:
1. Historical and cultural background 2. An engaging, close look at the biblical text and its meaning 3. Accurate, encouraging, and challenging applications of the Bible's message to life today
Each volume is accompanied by a Participant Guide which is available separately allowing participants to make deeper connections with a knowledge of historical background of the Bible, biblical text, and real life applications.
'The Parables of Jesus: Six In-depth Studies Connecting the Bible to Life' is one of the volumes of the Deeper Connections series focusing on parables of Jesus. Jesus communicated deep spiritual truths through simple, vivid, and engaging stories. Woven from the stuff of everyday life, the parables of Jesus made the kingdom of God understandable and accessible to his listeners. The study helps you gain new insights into his parables and their meanings that will help you to appreciate more fully their relevance for your own life.
Six Sessions included on this DVD are:
The Coming of the Kingdom The Grace of the Kingdom The God of the Kingdom The Demand of the Kingdom The Mission of the Kingdom The Fulfillment of the Kingdom
Highly recommended for all students of the bible!
Excellent Bible study (not "cheesy") Oct 4, 2007
I am glad I happened to come across IA's review shortly after it was posted. IA's review is not only unacceptable but incomplete. If you're looking for one opinion about the dvd format and production, he/she may be of help. However, he/she even states "I am sure the teaching is great, if only I could stand to watch it" which implies that the review has nothing to do with the (outstanding) teaching but his/her opinions of camera angles and eye contact. Allow me to briefly introduce you to the actual content - the main reason why people buy Bible studies like Deeper Connections.
Unlike IA's experience, my small group and I thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from this Bible study. The guide (or presenter) is actually over in Israel as he introduces each teaching, thus helping bring the text and teachings to life. Simply getting a glimpse of where Jesus walked, taught, etc. helped me to connect to the text in new ways. Moreover, his presentations were not cheesy, but informative and natural.
IA may not like the lack of eye contact, but we personally thought it was insightful (plus, why give a 1/5 stars for something like that?). It felt more like the teacher was part of the small group instead of having someone talk 'at' me. The difference with eye contact was noticeable at first, but my small group quickly and easily adjusted and it never became a problem. Please do not write-off this Bible study series based on a poor review. You will be missing out on quality teaching from these six professors who have a pastoral heart and a gift to communicate God's Word to His people. Zondervan has done an excellent job (also, the Participant Guide is excellent as well).
Oh dear. So cheesy I just can't watch anymore. Seriously. Oct 3, 2007
I really had to hunt to get all these, but I am seriously disappointed for 2 reasons. First, the presenter. Oh dear. OH DEAR. I am sure he's a great guy and all, but a presenter fit for filming he simply is not. His attempts to appear spontaneous and unscripted make him look VERY silly. VERY SILLY. You can see straight through it as clear as day. This ties in with the cinematography. Each presenter is teaching an invisible person. The camera angles follow the person if they are walking, or still, slightly to the side of the person. But where is the person the presenter is talking to? Oh my gosh. EYE CONTACT. They never eyeball the camera. It makes you feel very weird. I have never seen anything filmed like this. So the whole entire time you're watching you just want to see who the HECK are you talking to? but you never see, because there isn't anyone, and it is insanely frustrating. So it's like the presenters are talking to you, but they NEVER look at you. Argh. It's an exercise in patience as it just makes you want to slap the guy and say, "HEY, I'm over HERE, LOOK at me". The way I am expressing it, it doesn't sound like a big deal, but watch it and you'll find out. Imagine watching Katie Kuric on the evening news, but she's looking to the diagonal all the time, never at you, you'd want to slap the TV.
Another problem is the continual stop-start nature of the teachings. Every few minutes you need to hit play to keep going.
My second serious gripe is the way they have encoded the DVD. Clearly the DVD producer didn't know how to create scripts in the project because every chapter has been saved as a title. This means ripping the DVD to watch on your AppleTV or iPod, computer etc is impossible. To some this will not matter, but for me it's a big issue.
I am sure the teaching is great, if only I could stand to watch it, which I just can't. I have tried several times over the last few months and it's just frustrating. Overall it's an incredibly amateurish project totally out of character for something with Zondervan's name on it. This is why it simply must have a 1 star rating.