A Thrill of Hope Discussion Guide

The Christmas Story in Word and Art

John August Swanson


ISBN-13: 9781606740903

• New Advent video and art study
• Features world-class scholars plus artist John August Swanson

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 DVD-based study 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, and more.

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), and Flight into Egypt  Matthew 2:13-15). Along with the DVD, the discussion guide 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.

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

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