Testament: The Bible in Animation

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Testament: The Bible in Animation was a 1996 animated series produced by Sianel 4 Cymru. It featured animated versions of stories from the Bible, each story using its own unique style of animation, including stop-motion animation. It ran for one series of nine episodes in the United Kingdom and won one Emmy, with three nominations, in the United States. It also includes the song "Adiemus" as its intro.

It shares several similarities with Shakespeare: The Animated Tales and the film The Miracle Maker, sharing many of the same voice talents and styles of animation.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 9 October 16, 1996 (October 16, 1996) December 11, 1996 (December 11, 1996)

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Animation type Book(s) Original air date
1 "Creation and the Flood" Cel animation and Paint on glass Genesis October 16, 1996 (October 16, 1996)
As his ark crosses the drowned Earth, Noah tells his family the story of Adam and Eve, the fall of Lucifer, and the banishment from Eden.
2 "Abraham" Stop motion Genesis October 23, 1996 (October 23, 1996)
When God told Abraham that he and his wife Sarah would have a son, Abraham was astounded, for Sarah was long past child bearing age, but God assigned to Abraham the honour of being the "Father of Many Nations." Overjoyed at the birth of his son Isaac, Abraham was horrified by the next command from God, to offer his son as a sacrifice to Him.
3 "Joseph" Stop motion Genesis October 30, 1996 (October 30, 1996)
Sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, Joseph uses his skills to interpret dreams and becomes seated at the right hand of the Pharaoh himself.
4 "Moses" Cel animation Exodus November 6, 1996 (November 6, 1996)
Fleeing after murdering an Egyptian overseer, the Hebrew Moses settles in the land of Midian. But one day he is visited by God who instructs him to return to Egypt and, with the help of his brother Aaron and ten devastating plagues, free the Israelites from the iron grip of the Pharaoh Merneptah.
5 "Ruth" Stop motion Ruth November 13, 1996 (November 13, 1996)
This is the story of a woman whose name has becomes synonymous with love and fidelity. In a moving tale, Ruth follows her mother-in-law Naomi back to Naomi's native Bethlehem after the sad death of both women's husbands. Working hard in the fields to feed herself and Naomi, Ruth finds her feeling for her kinsman Boaz run deeper than gratitude for his help with the work. Prepared to marry for Naomi's sake, Ruth's loyalty touches Boaz and he decides to challenge the claim of a closer relative for Ruth's hand.
6 "David and Saul" Cel animation 1 Samuel November 20, 1996 (November 20, 1996)
Tormented by demons, King Saul sends for a musician, David to calm his mind, little knowing the young man will one day be his greatest general - and his greatest enemy.
7 "Elijah" Cel animation 1 Kings November 27, 1996 (November 27, 1996)
Elijah, the one prophet of The Lord God, sets out to save Israel from the corrupt King Ahab and his evil Queen Jezabel.
8 "Daniel" Oil painting Daniel
Political intrigue and unwavering faith are the cornerstones of the story of Daniel, held captive for many years under the Babylonian Kings. Much loved and respected by the conqueror, King Darius, who appointed him governor, Daniel provoked great jealousy among the court advisers. Divine love and human resolver enter the lions' den together, emerging victorious.
9 "Jonah" Oil painting Jonah
The prophet Jonah rejects God's call to go to Nineveh, but divine intervention, and a great fish brings him to the evil city which he warns will be destroyed in forty days.

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