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Sometimes a simple reading of the Bible is all that is needed; sometimes it will be right to offer an alternative presentation. These videos do just that:

Bible Readings

As a starter, how about The Bible in One Minute (0'52), an amusing semi-rap romp through the whole thing?

Also, ALLAUDIOBIBLE has covered most of the Bible with with (US voice) readings. These have simple visual and musical accompaniment and are quite well done.

The following films cover only a small part of the Bible but they do offer a video interpretation of many of the most familiar passages.

Genesis 1:1-2:3 (8'06). The first creation story, quite nicely narrated (apart from the 'voice of God'), with some OK graphics and images.

Genesis 1:1-2:3 (5'23). A dramatic, slightly B-movie-style, account. Quite engaging.

Genesis 1:1-4 (1;38). Sunrise, Also Sprach Zarathrustra, and voice over. Simple.

Genesis 9:8-17 (2'09) The covenant with Noah, set to "Rainbow in the Sky" by Ziggy Marley (I think).

Genesis 18:1-14a (2'50) Animated version by Taliesin (11) and David (46) of inclusivechrist.

Genesis 22:1-14) (3'49) Computer animated reflection on the sacrifice of Isaac. Interesting, though the voices spoil it for me.

Exodus 20:1-17 (1'44) Animated typography of the ten commandments.

Exodus 23:20-23 (0'40) Simple animation by Emma Rundel.

1Samuel 3:1-10 (2'30) Aninmated version of calling of Samuel. Suitable for children.

1Samuel 18ff (paraphrased) (1'25). The story of David & Jonathan, animated by Emma Rundell.

Job 2:10-3:26 (8'33) A dramatised reading of part of Job's story from the ESV.

Psalm 8 (3'33). Nothing stunning but nicely made with words, still images tastefully handled and guitar music.

Psalm 8 (2'25) One I made, set to "Fanfare for the Common Man" by Aaron Copland.

Psalm 23 (3'10) There are lots of videos of psalm 23, but this is the only one I've seen which is out of the ordinary. It offers the text and reflection on the text in a slightly quirky way.

Psalm 23 (1'27) A clip from the TV series Lost.

Psalm 50 (2'27) Allegri's sublime setting with sensitive shots of Velázquez's crucifixion.

Psalm 51 (4'57). Some nice graphics and pictures, set to "Fix You" by Coldplay.

Psalm 121 (1'33) High quality stills, text and music from e-water.

Psalm 139: 1-12 (2'22) Nothing special but nicely done with still pictures, text and piano accompaniment. A high quality download (Flash, PowerPoint or avi) is available from e-water, who have a number of good quality presentations on their site.

Psalm 145 (2'34) A spoken version of the text with words on screen and good slo-mo backgrounds. From Chippawa Church.

Psalm 150 (6'22) Two rabbis, Rav Yosef Karduner and Rav Lazer Brody singing psalm 150 in Hebrew. It's not the greatest recording but it does remind us that these are Jewish songs and prayers.

Psalm 150 (4'29) A mime/dance performed to J Moss' gospel/hip hop track Psalm 150.

Song of Songs 2 (2'54) Computer animated (rotascope effect) free interpretation of Chapter 2 of the Song of Songs. Music by Alison Eve, from her album 'Time & tide'.

Isaiah 6:1-8 (2'05) Interesting translation/paraphrase with CGI animation and live action. Will provoke thought. From inclusivechrist.

Isaiah 6:1-8 (1'22) Animated reading by Emma Rundell.

Isaiah 6:3 (5'12). "The whole earth is full of his glory" from Vertical Hold

Isaiah 9:1-7 (4:00). From i-Church.

Isaiah 9:1-7 (1'14) Animated starry background with words, music  and straightforward reading of text.

Isaiah 64:1-9 (3'16) Live action with some animation from inclusivechrist.

Jeremiah 31:31-34 (0'58). A simple cartoon version from Simon Rundell.

Jeremiah 33:14-16 (0'54). A simple mix of words and images set to the song "They will know we are Christians by our love."

Ezekiel 1 (6'04) Computer animation of the first chapter of Ezekiel.

Ezekiel 37:1-14 (2'28) Valley of the dry bones narrated with line drawings (total length, including credits is 3'15).

Ezekiel 37:1-10 (2'06). Various shots of bones, animated skeletons and pictures of the bones becoming flesh. No voice, just music.

Joel 2:28-32a (1'40). A rather extravagantly illustrated version of the Joel prophecy. Quite good, though.

Amos 5:14-15, 21-24 (1'42). This is one I made for a service focusing on justice; it made quite an impact when it was first shown. It took me a while to get the delivery of the text right. At first I read it in quite a declamatory, 'prophetic', manner but this did not work with the pictures. In the end I hit on the very understated throw-away style of speaking which seems to work.

Zephaniah 3:14-18 (0'52). 'Dramatised' reading from Simon Rundell, made for the National Youth Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.

Matthew 1:1-17 (1'45). With this simple movie even the genealogy of Jesus becomes accessible. From Simon Rundell.

Matthew 4:1-10 (4'19) A meditation on the temptation of Jesus.

Matthew 4:1-10 (5'17) Curious dramatised account of the temptation of Jesus with some CGI effects. Based on Luke's account.

Matthew 5:1-10 (2'28) A simple text & picture version of the beatitudes set to Pachalbel's canon. A free high quality download is available from e-water.

Matthew 5:1-10 (3'39) Text and pictures set to Lost in You by RED.

Matthew 5:2-16 (1'34) Good graphics-based reading of beatitudes and following sayings with urgent music underneath.

Matthew 6:9-13 (2'29) - Good graphics, omits 'daily bread', 'forgiveness' and 'evil & temptation'.

Matthew 6:9-13 (2'44) - by Simon Rundell, based around My Friend (Whenever I'm down) by Groove Armada.

Matthew 6:9-13 (5'17) - An extended meditation on the Lord's Prayer. Download a high resolution version from Prayerscapes for free.

Matthew 6:9-13 (7'01) - A text-based meditation on the Lord's Prayer. Good.

Matthew 6:9-13 (7'54) - A filmed sketch of God having a conversation with a woman as she prays the Lord's Prayer. Funny and thought-provoking.

Matthew 6:9-13 (6'12) - E Nomine's techno version may not be to everyone's taste. This is the extended remix (English version) cut to fantasy and SF landscapes The original version (music only) can be found here.

Matthew 6:24-34 (3'32). The sermon on the Mount - the rap version from Simon Rundell, original Music by DJ Booma, words by Fr. W.

Matthew 8:23-27 (2'39) I made this to illustrate a sermon on Jesus calming the storm.

Matthew 8:23-27 (3'20) Calming the storm as interpreted by Black Boe. Set to the Steven Curtis Chapman song "Be Still and Know". From Chippawa Church.

Matthew 8:23-27 (4'41) Jacob (aged 7) and his Dad Alan's award winning animation in Lego inspired by the story from Mark's Gospel. Awarded best first time film in the Bible Society's Big Story Little Film contest in Greater Manchester 2007. Good but a bit long.

Matthew 8:28-34 (1'50) An animated live painting of the story of the healing of the Gadarene (Gerasene, Gergasene) demoniac set to "Making Plans/Gathering the Clans" from Braveheart Soundtrack by James Horner.

Matthew 11:28-29 (4'02) Made by  and used as the 'Bible reading' in the Brighton and Hove World AIDS Day Service. With John Michael Talbot's gentle setting of the text.

Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 (2'08). The parable of the sower from saintrockmedia, who produce good text-based Bible readings with good graphics and images.

Matthew 13:1-9 (3'05). Fool is an offbeat animated take on the parable of the sower from Vertical Hold.

Matthew 17:1-13 (3'44). Starting with the disciples playing a game of volleyball (Thomas: "Well, I won't believe the ball was in until I see the mark in the sand!") this cartoon version of the transfiguration is part of the Rediscovering God Bible Cartoon series.

Matthew 17:1-13 (2'42). Another animated version of the transfiguration. This has a more adult feel than the one above.

Matthew 17:1-13 (2'29). A curious version of transfiguration, a bit like a modern day amplified Bible account, based on Luke. Thought provoking.

Matthew 17:1-13 (4'58). Meditation on the transfiguration. Still images, old and modern, with a track which mixes dance beats, plainsong and wordless vocals.

Matthew 18:1-5, 10 (1'09). A stop frame animation using dolls.

Matthew 21:1-17 (3'20). Fairly straightforward reading of the entry into Jerusalem with images and background music.

Matthew 22:34-40 (1'23). Typography and voices retell the 'greatest commandment' passage.

Matthew 25:31-40 (3'55) A modernised version of the parable of the sheep (but not goats).

Matthew 27:27-54 (8'26). A meditation on the Passion, with Hebrews 12:2-3. A DVD-quality version is available for download from Prayerscapes for £1.95.

Matthew 28:1-10,16-20 (2'59). The Easter story from Matthew. Text-based with good images and graphics from saintrockmedia.

Matthew 28:20 (1'14). A little video I made of the words, "I am with you always, to the end of time." with particular application to children, as it was made for assemblies.

Mark 1:12-13 (4'19). A meditation on the temptation of Jesus, based on Matthew's account.

Mark 1:12-13 (5'17). Curious dramatised account of the temptation of Jesus with some CGI effects. Based on Luke's account.

Mark 4:3-20 (3'05). Fool is an offbeat animated take on the parable of the sower from Vertical Hold.

Mark 4:35-41 (2'39). I made this to illustrate a sermon on Jesus calming the storm.

Mark 4:35-41 (3'20). Calming the storm as interpreted by Black Boe. Set to the Steven Curtis Chapman song "Be Still and Know". From Chippawa Church.

Mark 4:35-41 (4'41). Jacob (aged 7) and his Dad Alan's award winning animation in Lego inspired by the story from Mark's Gospel. Awarded best first time film in the Bible Society's Big Story Little Film contest in Greater Manchester 2007. Good but a bit long.

Mark 5:1-16 (1'50). An animated live painting of the story of the healing of the Gadarene (Gerasene, Gergasene) demoniac set to "Making Plans/Gathering the Clans" from Braveheart Soundtrack by James Horner.

Mark 9:2-8 (3'44). Starting with the disciples playing a game of volleyball (Thomas: "Well, I won't believe the ball was in until I see the mark in the sand!") this cartoon version of the transfiguration is part of the Rediscovering God Bible Cartoon series.

Mark 9:2-8 (2'42). Another animated version of the transfiguration. This has a more adult feel than the one above.

Mark 9:2-8 (2'29). A curious version of transfiguration, a bit like a modern day amplified Bible account, based on Luke. Thought provoking.

Mark 12:28-34 (1'40). The great Commandments told by different ordinary people in everyday contexts.

Luke 4:1-13 (4'19). A meditation on the temptation of Jesus, based on Matthew's account.

Luke 4:1-13 (5'17). Curious dramatised account of the temptation of Jesus with some CGI effects.

Luke 4:23-38 (1'45). With this simple movie even the genealogy of Jesus becomes accessible. From Simon Rundell.

Luke 8:5-15 (3'05). Fool is an offbeat animated take on the parable of the sower from Vertical Hold.

Luke 8:22-25 (2'39) I made this to illustrate a sermon on Jesus calming the storm.

Luke 8:22-25 (3'20) Calming the storm as interpreted by Black Boe. Set to the Steven Curtis Chapman song "Be Still and Know". From Chippawa Church.

Luke 8:22-25 (4'41) Jacob (aged 7) and his Dad Alan's award winning animation in Lego inspired by the story from Mark's Gospel. Awarded best first time film in the Bible Society's Big Story Little Film contest in Greater Manchester 2007. Good but a bit long.

Luke 8:26-39 (1'50) An animated live painting of the story of the healing of the Gadarene (Gerasene, Gergasene) demoniac set to "Making Plans/Gathering the Clans" from Braveheart Soundtrack by James Horner.

Luke 9:18-27 (4'00). Focused on the events of Holy Week, could be used as a Holy Week meditation. (Advert for Markham Baptist Church at end)

Luke 9:28-36 (3'44). Starting with the disciples playing a game of volleyball (Thomas: "Well, I won't believe the ball was in until I see the mark in the sand!") this cartoon version of the transfiguration is part of the Rediscovering God Bible Cartoon series.

Luke 9:28-36 (2'42). Another animated version of the transfiguration. This has a more adult feel than the one above. Based on Matthew's account.

Luke 9:28-36 (2'29). A curious version of transfiguration, a bit like a modern day amplified Bible account, based on Luke. Thought provoking.

Luke 10:29-37 (8'26) Dramatised version of the good Samaritan, in contemporary setting. Black & White film, quite long but nicely made (it's about 7'00 until the start of the closing credits).

Luke 10:29-37 (1'47) Rather disturbing video of a plain reading of the text set over video footage of a man who was run over by a car which didn't stop and then ignored or gawped at by passers-by.

Luke 11:2-4 (2'29) - Good graphics, omits 'daily bread', 'forgiveness' and 'evil & temptation'.

Luke 11:2-4 (2'44) - by Simon Rundell, based around My Friend (Whenever I'm down) by Groove Armada.

Luke 11:2-4 (5'17) - An extended meditation on the Lord's Prayer. Download a high resolution version from Prayerscapes for free.

Luke 11:2-4 (7'01) - A text-based meditation on the Lord's Prayer. Good.

Luke 11:2-4 (7'54) - A filmed sketch of God having a conversation with a woman as she prays the Lord's Prayer. Funny and thought-provoking.

Luke 11:2-4 (6'12) - E Nomine's techno version may not be to everyone's taste. This is the extended remix (English version) cut to fantasy and SF landscapes The original version (music only) can be found here.

Luke 12:22-31 (3'32). Based on Matthew's version of the sermon on the Mount but could be used for this passage also. Rap version from Simon Rundell, original Music by DJ Booma, words by Fr. W.

Luke 15:1-6 (1'58). Computer animation of lamb wandering lost, shepherd finding it and returning it to flock. Music, no words.

Luke 15:1-6 (2'56). Another computer animation of lamb wandering off after a butterfly. Good animation and drama. Shepherd finds it and returns it to flock. Music, no words. {Timing is up to end credits]

Luke 15:11-32 (5'31). The story of the prodigal son set to Coldplay's Fix You. Well-shot restrained live action makes the point well.

Luke 15:11-32 (7'26). The story of the prodigal son by the Skit Guys: long, but powerful dialogue between younger son and father. No mention of older brother.

Luke 16:19-31 (3'05). A cartoon retelling of the story of the rich man and Lazarus.

Luke 16:19-31 (3'43). The Haunting - an Irish song based on the story of the rich man and Lazarus. Good images and words.

Luke 17:6 (0'34). An animation of the mulberry tree being uprooted and falling into the sea.

Luke 19:1-10 (3'01). A lovely stick man cartoon version of the story of Zaccheus.

Luke 21:25-29 (1'33). An interesting take on the mini-apocalypse, linking, Advent-style, to the birth of Jesus.

Luke 24:13-34 (2'13) A gentle meditation on the Road to Emmaus story. You need to have know the story or have heard the reading first to really appreciate it.

Luke 24:13-34 (3'51) A pretty song about the Road to Emmaus, written and sung by John Henderson.

Luke 24:13-34 (2'30) Dramatised version of the reading. Rather crudely done but with a certain charm.

Luke 24:13-34 (31'37) An attempt to flesh out the conversations between the disciples and Jesus on the Emmaus Road. Intended as an evangelistic tool. See http://www.roadtoemmausmovie.com/

John 1:1-5 (0'58). English male reader, sunset out of sea, candle flickering.

John 3:16 (1'00). A simple animation from Simon Rundell.

John 4:5-42 (2'47). The story of the woman at the well retold as a monologue from the woman, acted by Erin Moon. Very powerful, very moving.

John 11:3-4, 17, 20-27, 33-35 (3'44). The story of Lazarus from saintrockmedia.

John 15:1-5 (1'36). Made by Emma Rundell, music by Wim Wertens.

John 20:19-22 (1'35). I made this for an event in Norwich cathedral in 2005. All the photos were taken in Norfolk. In this case I decided to use a second voice to add a kind of commentary, or amplification, to the text. This seemed to work quite well.

John 20:19-29 (6'34). Narrative account, from Thomas, of his reaction to Jesus' death, his disbelief and his encounter with the risen Lord. Very moving.

John 20:24-29 (1'47). Animation by Emma Rundell, music by Sue Wallace of Visions, York.

Acts (3'01). A romp through the whole of Acts in just three minutes. Amusing but also fairly accurate.

Acts 2:1-13 (2'23). Straight reading by different people to camera. Each verse is in a different language, with English captions.

Acts 2:1-13 (2'29). American reader, lots of fire and different languages. A good dramatisation of the reading.

Acts 2:1-18,21 (3'23). Dramatised video reading, English voice. From Simon Rundell.

Acts 2:1-21 (2'52). Dramatised video reading, good graphics, good images. uses The Message translation. From saintrockmedia.

Acts 2:42-47 (1'51). This is also one of mine, made for Norwich Cathedral in 2007. The theme was 'committed to growth' and I wanted to achieve a contemporary feel, as well as indicating growth.

Acts 9:1-9 (3'15). Reasonably good movie with pictures and graphics set to Conversion of Saul by Z Randall Stroope.

Acts 9:1-19 (3'16). This is my re-editing and re-voicing of a German version of the conversion of Saul in animated Lego - quite good fun in a silly way.

Romans 1:16 (2'23). "I am not ashamed of the gospel" - music by Delirious?, images by Simon Rundell.

1Corinthians 1:25 (3'05). Fool is an offbeat animated take on the parable of the sower and the foolishness of God from Vertical Hold.

1Corinthians 13 (8'25). Part Bible reading (from The Message), part meditation, this is a good video about love. Download a DVD quality version from Prayerscapes for £1.95.

1Corinthians 15:48 (3'36). Roots, from Vertical Hold, is an animation which offers an allegory of this passage.

Galatians (2'56) An introduction to the book as a whole. By focusing on the questions Paul asks the Galatians, it gives a good overview.

Galatians 5:16-26 (2'57) Interesting paraphrase of Galatians 5:16-26.