27 November 2013
Free online guide for viewers of The Bible TV series
Two of the largest Christian charities in the UK have teamed up to help everyone to join the conversation around the epic 10-hour Emmy Award-winning television mini-series The Bible
The five-part series, which has become a rating success on American television, premieres on Channel 5 this coming Saturday, 30 November at 9pm.
The Damaris Trust, working directly with Channel 5, has produced an Official souvenir guide to the series. This 24-page glossy, photo-rich book features articles and information on each episode, and explores the major themes such as choices and consequences, faith and life, forgiveness and transformation. This book is integrated with a state-of-the-art Augmented Reality technology so that when the photos are viewed through a smart phone or tablet the pictures turn into videos – so the reader can watch all of the video features on the pages of the book.
Now the Evangelical Alliance is offering free online resources which provide background biblical material linked directly to each of the discussion questions in this Official Souvenir Guide.Both the Souvenir Guide and the background biblical resources are available at www.eauk.org/thebibleuk and the discussion will be encouraged through www.twitter.com/thebibleuk (#thebibleuk).
"The Bible is for everyone, not just for Christians. So, all of us on The Bible UK team are delighted that the Evangelical Alliance has provided such excellent background biblical resources that will help everyone to 'join the conversation' about discussion questions in the official souvenir guide," said Nick Pollard, co-founder of Damaris Trust – an educational charity which works with the film industry to create official community resources to accompany the latest feature film.
Krish Kandiah, executive director of churches and mission at the Evangelical Alliance, which has partnered with Damaris for The Bible mini-series, described the series as a "fantastic opportunity for ordinary people in the UK to get a glimpse of the grand sweep of the story that has shaped the British culture".
The series, produced by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, is the story of God's creation of the earth and the landmark events of The Bible
The Bible is coming to Channel 5 from this Saturday, 30 November at 9pm, with a DVD and Blu-ray release following on 26 December.
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Notes to Editors
The Evangelical Alliance
We are the largest and oldest body representing the UK's two million evangelical Christians. For more than 165 years, we have been bringing Christians together and helping them listen to, and be heard by, the government, media and society. We're here to connect people for a shared mission, whether it's celebrating the Bible, making a difference in our communities or lobbying the government for a better society. From Skye to Southampton, from Coleraine to Cardiff, we work across 79 denominations, 3,500 churches, 750 organisations and thousands of individual members. And we're not just uniting Christians within the UK – we are a founding member of the World Evangelical Alliance, a global network of more than 600 million evangelical Christians. For more information, go to www.eauk.org
About Damaris Trust
Damaris is an educational charity that is growing very fast through our partnership with the film industry. They create official community resources to accompany the latest feature films. Their resources help a wide range of community groups to engage with the themes and ideas explored in the films. They have a proven track record of serving organisations in the formal education and faith sectors (and they still provide a large number of resources specifically for schools and churches). But now, through a rapid expansion, they are increasingly working with a very wide range of community groups in all sorts of settings. They can be found at www.damaris.org and at @damaristrust on Twitter.