JERUSALEM, Israel -- How do you connect the next generation with the scriptures? One Army chaplain believes bringing ancient Bible heroes to life with 21st century media can do the job.
A cutting-edge media series, based on the book series The Lion of War, is introducing a new generation to the heroes of the Bible.
"It is the Gladiator/Braveheart take on King David and his warriors, which the Bible calls the mighty men," U.S. Army chaplain Cliff Graham, the books' author, told CBN News. "These were the Navy Seals of the ancient world."
Graham wrote these books with one thing in mind.
"We want to see a new generation of people come to love and have affection for the scriptures -- to realize it's not just a dusty old book, but it's alive and passionate and real and relevant to this very day," he explained.
Graham worked with production studios to turn his books into animated cartoons and major motion pictures. His research brought him to see the battlefields of the Bible firsthand.
"It's my passion in mind to have people come here and see this land and realize that these are not just fairy tales," Graham said.
"It's not Middle Earth in the Lord of the Rings, it's an actual place where things happened and people lived here," he continued. "And we dig in the dirt and we find archeological evidence that verifies the Bible."
Walking Israel's battlefields brought the Bible to life for Graham.
"One weapon of warfare that's a bit unorthodox was the rock," he said.
"To walk as a soldier I see these things strategically. What would it have been like to have been a battlefield commander on this ridge, where would I have put my men, where would I have known there was an escape route, where's a water point, all these things that you think like a commander?" he pondered.
"I wanted that, put the reader in that, and help them understand the stress in battle as David would have known it," he said.
Graham said he hopes his experience and work can do the same for others.
"Our ultimate goal at the end of the day is to always to drive people back to the Word itself," he said. "Our stuff is fun, but we really want people to read the Bible and become excited about that again."