Review: Adventures in Odyssey, Back to Bethlehem

Review: Adventures in Odyssey, Back to Bethlehem

Family Lore Review: Back to Bethlehem (Adventures in Odyssey, Episodes 135, 136, and 137; Written by Paul McCusker and directed by Phil Lollar)   Family Lore Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Summary Review: Written by Paul McCusker and directed by Phil Lollar, Back to Bethlehem delivers on the promise of its apt name, taking the listener back in time to the birth of Jesus the Messiah. A large cast of engaging characters, some historical (Joseph and Mary, the Shepherds), some fictional (the Roman general), and some based on historical characters (Judah the Zealot, Hezekiah), set together in a fast-paced, complex plot, combine to make this one of Adventures in Odyssey’s best Biblical adaptations. Five stars. Full Review: We’re big fans of Adventures in Odyssey around here. It’s great to find Odyssey episodes dramatizing stories from various Bible or History subjects my kids are studying. So when you’re going through the life of Jesus, you’ll be glad to know that the creative team down at Adventures in Odyssey has crafted several (around a dozen or so) episodes retelling stories from the life of our Lord. Historian and theologian N.T. Wright (in his book How God Became King) has commented on the fact that the great creeds of the Christian church essentially pass over most of the life and ministry of Jesus, focusing instead on his incarnation and birth, and his death, resurrection, and ascension. The basic reason for this is that Jesus’ life and ministry were not in dispute in the days of the creeds: the incarnation, death, resurrection, and ascension were. The point here is that, like the creeds,...