The Bible Project

The Bible Project

The Bible Project is a non-profit animation studio that produces short-form, fully animated videos to make the biblical story accessible to everyone, everywhere. We create videos, podcasts, and study guides that explore the Bible’s unified story. The Bible is a divine-human book that speaks God’s word to his people. We believe it ultimately points us to Jesus, who has the power to change individuals and whole communities when we let the biblical story speak for itself. We focus on the Bible's overarching themes and each book’s literary design and are committed to understanding the Bible in its historical context.

Character of God: Exodus 34:6-7 - The Bible Project (June-30-2020). Biblical authors often referenced and quoted their favorite parts of Scripture, and the list of God's character traits found in Exodus 34:6-7 is the most repeated and re-quoted text in the Bible. In this video we'll explore this foundational description of God's attributes that illustrates what God values and why he acts the way he does.

BibleProject Podcast on Apocalypse - Does the Bible Predict the End of the World? Are these the end times? Why does the Bible use language of fiery judgment? And what is the mark of the beast? In this episode, Tim and Jon answer your questions about how to read apocalyptic literature.

The Bible Project (June-09-2020) Apocalypse. It’s the apocalypse! But what exactly does that mean? The Bible is filled with dreams and visions about human history coming to a climax, and they’re usually packed with intense imagery and strange symbols. In this video, we’ll explore the meaning of the word “apocalypse” in the Bible, and we’ll learn some basic steps for reading this literature with more wisdom and insight.

The Bible Project (April-29-2020) New Testament Letters: Literary Context. In the New Testament, there are 21 letters written by early Christian leaders to communities of Jesus' followers in the ancient Roman world. These letters are rich with theology and guidance for what it means to be a community of Jesus followers, but they can also be dense and hard to understand. In this video we’ll explore the literary style of ancient letter writing and show you how to trace the core ideas from a letter’s beginning all the way to its end.

The Bible Project (April-08-2020) Water of Life. In the beginning of the Bible, God transforms a desolate wilderness into a garden through a stream that waters the ground and brings life wherever it goes. This image gets developed throughout the biblical story as wells, cisterns, rain, and rivers all become images of God’s creative power. In this video, we’ll explore the “water of life” theme through the biblical story and see how it leads to Jesus, who presents himself as the one bringing living water to a world that is desperately thirsty.

BibleProject (March-18-2020) Podcast: Is the Tree of Life Practical? We are concluding our Tree of Life series with a question and response episode. In this episode, Tim and Jon respond to audience questions on the theme of the Tree of Life in the Bible. Thank you to everyone that submitted questions!

The Bible Project - New Testament Letters: Historical Context. In the New Testament, there are 21 letters or epistles written by early Christian leaders to communities of Jesus' followers in the ancient Roman world. A wise reading of these letters involves learning about their historical context. Who were the letters written to, where did the recipients live, and what prompted sending the letter? In this video, we explore the different layers of historical context with these letters, so that we can better understand the wisdom they still have to offer.

The Bible Project (February-18-2020) Tree of Life. In the opening pages of the Bible, God gives humanity a gift that they quickly forfeit—eternal life that comes by eating from the tree of life. In this video, we explore the meaning of this powerful image and how sacred trees play a key role throughout the story of the Bible. It all leads up to Jesus himself, who died upon a tree so that he could become a new tree of life for all humanity.

The Bible Project (January-29-2020) How to Read the Bible: The Parables of Jesus. Jesus of Nazareth was a master storyteller, and many of his most well-known teachings were told as parables. But these stories were designed to do much more than simply "teach." Jesus said the parables were designed to both reveal and conceal his message about the arrival of God's Kingdom. In this video, we explore the main themes in Jesus' parables and ask why he used them as the primary vehicle for his message.

Wednesday, 08 January 2020 00:51

Sabbath - The Bible Project (January-08-2020)

The Bible Project (January-08-2020) Sabbath. On page one of the Bible, God orders a beautiful world out of chaotic darkness within a sequence of six days. And on the seventh day, God rests. This introduces the major biblical theme of patterns of seven that conclude with God and humans resting together as partners. In this video, we explore the theme of seventh day rest and the biblical concept of Sabbath. We also look at why Jesus adopted this idea as a major part of his own mission to bring God's Kingdom to earth.

Word Study: Martus - "Witness" - The Bible Project (November-26-2019). In the Bible, the word “witness” is used to describe both a person and an action—someone who sees something and then talks about what they’ve seen. Similar to today, this word is used in both legal settings and to describe an experience with God. But what’s most interesting about the word witness is how it illuminates the story of Scripture, especially the role of the people of God. In this video, we explore how this word contributes to the overarching story of the Bible.

The Bible Project (November-11-2019) How to Read the Gospel. The New Testament contains four ancient biographies of Jesus of Nazareth, and altogether they are called “the Gospel.” Each one tells the story as an announcement of good news that the crucified and risen Jesus is the true ruler of the nations. In this video, we explore why these accounts were written and how you can read them with greater insight.

Friday, 06 September 2019 04:00

Temple - The Bible Project (September-06-2019)

The Bible Project (September-06-2019) Temple. In this video, we explore how Israel’s temple in the Bible is described as the place where God’s space and humanity’s space are one. In fact, the whole biblical drama can be told as a story about God’s temple. In the opening pages of Genesis, God creates a cosmic temple, and in the person of Jesus, God takes up personal residence in his temple-world. By the end of the biblical story, all of creation has become God’s sacred temple.

The Bible Project (August-05-2019) Sacrifice & Atonement. God is on a mission to remove evil from His good world, along with all of its corrosive effects. However, He wants to do it in a way that does not involve removing humans. In this video, we trace the theme of God’s “covering” over human evil through animal sacrifices that ultimately point to Jesus and his death and resurrection

The Bible Project (August-04-2019) Public Reading of Scripture . Reading the Bible aloud with a group of people is an ancient practice. In fact, the origins of the Bible are deeply rooted in it being read aloud in public. Explore with us the origins and development of this fascinating biblical topic, and how it offers us a model for engaging the Scriptures in our own day.

The Bible Project (August-04-2019) Overview: 1 Samuel.Watch our overview video on the book of 1 Samuel, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. In 1 Samuel, God reluctantly raises up kings to rule the Israelites. The first is a failure, and the second, David, is a faithful replacement

The Bible Project (Auguct-03-2019) Overview: Revelation Ch. 1-11.Watch our overview video on the book of Revelation, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. In Revelation, John's visions reveal that Jesus has overcome evil by his death and resurrection, and will return one day as the true king of the world.

The Bible Project   (August-03-2019) Overview: Genesis Ch. 12-50. Watch our overview video on Genesis 12-50, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. In Genesis, God promises to bless rebellious humanity through the family of Abraham, despite their constant failure and folly.

The Bible Project - (july-30-2019)-Sacrifice & Atonement .God is on a mission to remove evil from His good world, along with all of its corrosive effects. However, He wants to do it in a way that does not involve removing humans. In this video, we trace the theme of God’s “covering” over human evil through animal sacrifices that ultimately point to Jesus and his death and resurrection

The Bible Project (july-29-2019) Word Study: Chara. In this video, we explore the unique type of joy to which God’s people are called. It’s more than happy mood, but rather a choice to trust that God will fulfill his promises.

The Bible Project  (july-15-2019) The Story of the Bible. Episode 2 summarizes the overall story of the Bible as a series of crossroad decisions. All humanity, followed by the Israelites, redefine good and evil and end up in Babylon. They are followed by Jesus, who takes a different path that opens up the way to a new creation.

The Bible Project (july-11-2019)sermoh Overview: Genesis Ch. 12-50.  Watch our overview video on Genesis 12-50, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. In Genesis, God promises to bless rebellious humanity through the family of Abraham, despite their constant failure and folly

The Bible Project (july-10-2019) Overview: Ruth. Watch our overview video on the book of Ruth, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. In Ruth, an Israelite family faces tragic loss, and God uses the faithfulness of a non-Israelite woman to bring restoration into the family of David

The Bible Project(july-09-2019)The Book of Deuteronomy. Moses delivers his final words of warning and wisdom to the Israelites before they enter the promised land. This is the epic conclusion of the Torah! And, spoiler alert: Moses dies

  The Bible Project (july 08 2019) The Law. In this video, we explore the importance of the ancient laws in the Old Testament. Why are they in the Bible, and what do they say to followers of Jesus? We explore how they fulfilled a strategic purpose in one key phase of the biblical story, leading up to Jesus who fulfilled the law and summarized it in the call to love God and love your neighbor as yourself.

Tuesday, 02 July 2019 04:15

The Book of Numbers - The Bible Project

The Bible Project: The Book of Numbers. A road-trip gone bad. Israel leaves Mt. Sinai only to rebel against God at every step. God responds with short-term severity and long-term generosity as He leads them into the promised land.

The Books of Solomon - The Bible Project. Bible study (June-27-2019). The wisest king of Israel, King Solomon, is associated with three books of the Bible: Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Songs. Each book offers a unique perspective on how humans can rule with wisdom and the fear of the Lord. In this video, we briefly explore how the message of each book fits into the overall story of the Bible.

Christian Motivation (June-14-2019) The Bible Project: The New Humanity. In the opening pages of the Bible, God appoints humans to rule the world on his behalf. But when they rebel, the biblical story leads us on a search for a new humanity that will be God’s faithful partners, forever. This is the plot conflict of the biblical story that leads to Jesus, and we explore it in this final video of our Spiritual Being series.

The Bible Project (June-02-2019) Gospel of The Kingdom. In this video, we trace the origins of the word “gospel” and how it ties the story of the Old Testament together with the story of Jesus and his announcement of God’s kingdom. Jesus brought God’s rule and reign to the world in a very upside-down way, which is the best news you could ask for.

The Bible Project (May-23-2019) The Satan and Demons. The storyline of the Bible presents a populated spiritual world, full of creatures who are in rebellion against their Creator, just like humans. For lots of fascinating reasons, our modern conceptions of these spiritual rebels are based on serious misunderstandings of the Bible. So let’s go back to the book of Genesis and start over as we learn about the powers of spiritual evil in the story of the Bible.

The Bible Project (May-03-2019) Angel of the Lord. The Angel of the Lord is one of the most fascinating spiritual beings in the Hebrew Scriptures. Every time this figure appears, he’s depicted as if he is God, but also an angel sent by God. In this video, we explore this paradoxical character and discover how he prepares us for the grand claims that will be made about Jesus in the New Testament.

The Bible Project (April-17-2019) Reading Biblical Law.

Have you ever wondered why there are so many ancient biblical laws in the first books of the Bible? What are modern readers supposed to do with them, and why are some of them so odd? In this video, we explore why the laws were given to ancient Israel and how they fit into the overall storyline of the Bible.

The Bible Project (April-14-2019) Read Scripture: Joshua. Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Joshua, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. In Joshua, after Moses' death, Joshua leads Israel and they settle in the promised land currently occupied by Canaanites.

The Bible Project (April-05-2019) Angels and Cherubim.

Did you know that angels in the Bible don’t have wings? Or that cherubim are not cute, chubby babies? In this video, we explore the biblical portrayals of these spiritual beings to understand just who they are and what role they play in the story of the Bible.

What on earth is the divine council? Well, for starters, it’s not on earth! This biblical phrase describes the concept of spiritual powers that God created to have authority alongside humans... until everyone rebels and creates huge problems that only Jesus can resolve. We dig into all of this and more in episode three of our Spiritual Beings series.

So who are the sons of God and the heavenly host in the Bible? And how do the stars and angels fit into all of this? Welcome to an exciting area of biblical theology that will bend your modern mind! From Genesis 1 onward, the biblical authors present the sun, moon, and stars, also called the host of heaven (Genesis 1:16 and 2:1), as creatures who rule with delegated authority (Genesis 1:14-18), just like humans do on the land. These are the creatures being referred to in the phrase “host of heaven” throughout the Bible (1 Kings 22:19 and Luke 2:13). They are also implied in the divine title Lord of hosts (i.e. “Lord of all creatures, heavenly and earthly,” see 2 Samuel 6:2, Psalm 24:10, and Isaiah 6:5 for helpful examples). These heavenly beings are distinct from angels, which means “messenger,” because their job is not to communicate messages. Rather, this group is described as God’s throne-room staff team. They perform many roles and go by many titles; they are the sons of God or host of heaven who celebrate God’s decisions (Job 38:4-7), dialogue about his policies (Job chs. 1-2 and 1 Kings 22:19-23). Moses and the prophets tell us that some of these beings were behind the rebellion of Babylon in Genesis 11 (Deuteronomy 32:7-1 and Isaiah 14:1-23), where they lured the nations into worshiping them, leading to corruption and injustice (Deuteronomy 4:19-20 and Psalm 82). These are the spiritual powers that Jesus confronted in his mission to bring God’s Kingdom (Luke 4:1-13 and 10:17-20), and when Jesus was raised from death, he assumed authority over all of these powers (Matthew 28:18-20 Ephesians 1:18-21). Jesus’ victory over these powers will be completed when he returns to do away with the ultimate enemy: death itself (1 Corinthians 15:22-27). So the divine council is a really important biblical theme that helps us understand the cosmic significance of the story of Jesus and the Kingdom of God.

Thursday, 28 February 2019 23:52

Elohim - The Bible Project (February-28-2019)

The Bible Project (February-28-2019) Elohim. Did you know that the biblical word for God is actually a title and not a name? And did you know that this title can refer to other spiritual beings as well as to the creator God? In this video, we explore the biblical terminology for spiritual beings and how this helps us understand what the Bible means when it says that “God is one.”

The Bible Project - Intro to Spiritual Beings, Live Stream at 5PM (February-14-2019). In the first pages of the Bible, we’re introduced to God and humans as the main characters. But there’s also a whole cast of spiritual beings who play an important role throughout the Bible, though they’re often in the background. In this video, we begin to explore these beings and how they fit into the unified storyline of the Bible.

The Bible Project - Acts Ch. 21-28, Live Stream (January-31-2019). In the final video in our Acts series, we trace Paul’s final journey to Jerusalem and then into a Roman prison. But paradoxically, Paul’s suffering leads him into the heart of the Roman empire where he gets to announce God’s Kingdom over the nations.

WATCH NOW - The Prophets - The Bible Project (January 17, 2019). The books of the Old Testament prophets are packed with dense poetry and wild imagery. If you’ve tried to read them, odds are you were both intrigued and confused. In this video, we’ll learn how these books contribute to the storyline of the Bible and why it’s worth learning how to read them more attentively.

The Bible Project (December-24-2018) Son of Man. If you thought “Christ” was Jesus’ last name or the title he gave himself, think again! The title Jesus most often used for himself is the "Son of Man.” In this video, we’ll explore the meaning of this fascinating phrase and see how it invites us into the larger biblical story.

The Bible Project (November-29-2018) Acts Ch. 13-20 - Animated Bible Study. What was it like for the apostle Paul to travel around the Roman Empire announcing the good news about the risen Jesus? What drove him to plant new Jesus communities in city after city, and how did people respond to his message? In our third video on the book of Acts, we’ll explore all of this and more!

The Bible Project (November-15-2018) - The Book of Psalms.  The book of Psalms is the largest collection of poetry in the Bible. In this video we’ll explore the design shape and main themes of this marvelous book, which was crafted to be read from beginning to end. The Psalms are an invitation to a literary temple where you can meet with God and hear the entire biblical storyline retold in poetic form. 

The Bible Project (November 1, 2018) - The Way of the Exile. If followers of Jesus are to give their total allegiance to God’s Kingdom, how should they relate to the governments and power structures of their own day? In this video, we’ll see how the experience of Daniel and his friends in Babylonian exile offers wisdom for navigating this tension. Following Jesus in the 21st century means learning the way of the exile.

Thursday, 18 October 2018 23:38

God - The Bible Project (October-18-2018)

The Bible Project (October-18-2018) God. The God portrayed in the Bible isn’t easy to understand, but what if we could better understand what it is that we can’t understand? In this video, we will explore the complex identity of God displayed in the storyline of the Bible, and (surprise!) it all leads to Jesus.

Saturday, 29 September 2018 08:48

The Bible Project - Image of God

The Bible Project - Image of God. This video traces the idea of humans as co-rulers alongside God, who are commissioned to develop the world and its resources and take it into new horizons. How has this human vocation been compromised by our selfishness and evil, and how did Jesus open up a new way of being human through his life, death, and resurrection?

The Bible Project (Sept 20, 2018) - New Testament Overview. This video breaks down the literary design of the entire New Testament and how it continues the story of the Hebrew Scriptures.

The Bible Project (Sept 13, 2018) - What is the Bible Project?  The Bible is one unified story that leads to Jesus, but we don't always treat it that way. At The Bible Project, we make animated videos that explore the books and themes of the Bible.

The Bible Project (Sep 7, 2018) - Word Study: Avon - "Iniquity". Iniquity is a biblical word that very few people use anymore, and even fewer people know what it means! In this video, we’ll explore the significance of this word in ancient Hebrew, and discover a whole new way to think about our selfish decisions and their consequences.

The Bible Project (Sep 7, 2018) - Metaphor in Biblical Poetry. Understanding how metaphors are used in the Bible is an essential tool for reading biblical poetry. Anytime someone describes one thing to describe another thing, they are using metaphorical thinking whether they realize it or not. Metaphors are everywhere in the Bible and in our everyday speech. In this video, we’ll explore this crucial aspect of biblical language.

The Bible Project (Aug 17. 2016) - The Book of Ecclesiastes. In this book we hear the skeptical voice of “the teacher.” He observes that living by the book of Proverbs doesn’t always bring positive results. Sometimes life is hard and defies neat explanations. How do you live with that tension, and still strive for wisdom? Ecclesiastes is the second of the three biblical wisdom books.

The Bible Project (May 6, 2015) - The Book of Leviticus Overview. God invites Israel to live in close proximity to His holy presence. Which seems awesome, but it’s actually dangerous. This book explores how the sacrificial rituals and purity practices cleared the way for morally corrupt Israelites to become God’s covenant partners.

The Bible Project (May 4, 2016) - The Book of Proverbs. This book is the accumulation of wisdom from generations of godly insightful people. It promotes a life of virtue and “fear of the Lord,” so that you can truly experience the good life. Proverbs is one of the three books that explore these themes of biblical wisdom.

The Bible Project (feb 15, 2017) - What Is The Bible? This is episode 1 of an ongoing series that explores the origins, content, and purpose of the Bible. Here you'll be introduced to a condensed history of how the Bible came into existence, and the different forms of the Bible in the Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Christian traditions.

 

The Bible Project (August-04-2018) Classroom Call. We are now accepting student applications for The Bible Project Classroom! To apply, you must teach the Bible in some capacity and be familiar with The Bible Project's work. Go to thebibleproject.com/classroom for more information and to fill out a student application. Each class will hold 12 students and will feature a new book of the Bible each quarter. The first class will be held this October in Portland, Oregon. International applicants are more than welcome to apply!

The Bible Project (May 19, 2014) - Heaven & Earth. What does the Bible really teach about heaven, and what is heaven’s relationship to earth? In this video, we explore the surprising biblical viewpoint that heaven and earth were meant to overlap, and how Jesus is on a mission to bring them together once and for all.

Sunday, 22 July 2018 09:53

Messiah - The Bible Project

Messiah - The Bible Project. In this video, we explore the mysterious promise on page three of the Bible, that a promised deliverer would one day come to confront evil and rescue humanity. We trace this theme through the family of Abraham, the messianic lineage of David, and ultimately to Jesus who defeated evil by letting it defeat him.

Read Scripture: Genesis Ch. 1-11 - The Bible Project. Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Genesis, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. In Genesis, God makes a good world and commissions humans to rule it, and then they give in to evil and ruin everything.

The Bible Project (July-06-2018) Special Announcement. We've been working really hard this past year and now we have a special announcement for our audience! Stay tuned for more information this summer.

The Bible Project (June-21-2018) Acts Ch. 8-12 . Our new video on Acts Ch. 8-12 explores how God’s Spirit transformed Jesus’ followers from a small collective of messianic Jews in Jerusalem, into a multi-ethnic movement that quickly spread throughout the nations.

The Bible Project (Apr 5, 2017) - Holy Spirit. In this video, we explore the original meaning of the biblical concept of “spirit” and what it means that God’s Spirit is personally present in all of creation. Ultimately, the Spirit was revealed through Jesus and sent out into the lives of his followers to bring about the new creation.

The Bible Project - The Book of Genesis Overview - Part 1 of 2. God makes a good world and installs humans as its rulers. Humanity rebels and ends up ruling the world in a destructive way, leading to violence, death, and the founding of the city of Babylon. God’s response is to set in motion a plan to rescue and bless the whole world through the family of Abraham.

Acts Ch. 1-7 - The Bible Project (June-07-2018). The book of Acts shows how God fulfilled His ancient promises to restore His blessing to all the nations through the offspring of Abraham: Jesus of Nazareth. In this video, we'll explore how Jesus and the Spirit renew the people of Israel and prepare them to announce good news to the nations.

Thursday, 07 June 2018 08:55

Holiness - The Bible Project

Holiness - The Bible Project. In this video, we explore the paradox that God’s holiness presents to human beings. God is the unique and set-apart Creator of all reality and the author of all goodness. However, that goodness can become dangerous to humans who are mortal and morally corrupt. Ultimately, this paradox is resolved by Jesus, who embodies God’s holiness that comes to heal His creation.

Thursday, 07 June 2018 08:46

The Book of Job - The Bible Project

The Bible Project - The Book of Job. How do you trust God even when life isn’t fair and you suffer for no good reason? Job’s story invites us to consider what it means that God runs the world by wisdom, and how this truth can bring peace in dark times. Job is the last of the three books that explore these themes of biblical wisdom.

The Bible Project - Word Study: Pesha - "Transgression". "Transgression" is one of those Bible words that seems clear until you have to explain it to somebody. In this video, we'll explore the fascinating and sophisticated meaning of this biblical "bad word." Get ready for a sobering reflection on human nature.

The Art of Biblical Poetry - The Bible Project (May-24-2018). Did you know that a third of the Bible is ancient Israelite poetry? Poetry is a rich and artistic form of human communication, but often the most difficult to read. In this video we’ll explore the unique characteristics of biblical poetry, so you can discover its beauty and power for yourself.