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A Thrill of Hope The Christmas Story in Word and Art

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The Christmas Story in Word and Art
A Thrill of Hope
$9.56 - $10.76

A video exploration of Advent through the Flight into Egypt through the artwork of renowned artist John August Swanson.  Discussion guide sold separately.

A Thrill of Hope is a DVD study designed for use in Sunday school classes, small group studies, and other church group gatherings. This 50-minute video presents the familiar story of Christmas as told in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.

Each scripture passage is illustrated and interpreted in the stunning artwork of John August Swanson along with commentary by some of America’s premier Biblical scholars, names such as Dr. Thomas G. Long, Dr. Michael Joseph Brown, Dr. Carol A. Newsom, Dr. Luke Timothy Johnson, and more. Swanson himself comments on his artwork and motivations throughout.

The study is divided into six 7-minute chapters, each one featuring a passage of Scripture, commentary by the scholars, and a Swanson work of art based on that passage.

Included are:

  • A Visit (Luke 1:26-38)
  • The Nativity (Luke 2:1-7)
  • The Shepherds (Luke 2:8-20)
  • Epiphany (Matthew 2:1-12)
  • Presentation in the Temple (Luke 2:21-40)
  • Flight into Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15)

A discussion guide (sold separately) has suggested questions and beautiful full-color artwork. You’ll want a discussion guide for each participant, making it perfect for group study during Advent.

This video was created in association with Emory University's Candler School of Theology (United Methodist) and features their faculty.  We have reviewed the video and believe it is an excellent option for Catholic or any other Christian groups.

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Format: DVD
Product code: CP0897
Dimensions: 5½" x 7½"
Church Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 9781606740897
1-2 copies $10.76 each
3-5 copies $10.16 each
6+ copies $9.56 each
Written by John August Swanson


Los Angeles-based artist John August Swanson is recognized worldwide for finely detailed, brilliantly colored paintings and original prints.