A David and Goliath Musical for Children on DVD

David and Goliath - Liken Bible SeriesYes – there’s a David and Goliath musical-film out there, available on DVD! Young children can sing along with Aryan David as he slaughters big bad black Goliath!

According to the Christian Film Database (CFDb):

You will love David and Saul’s duet, and later David’s bold song as he comes to challenge Goliath. But not all songs are serious. When David proposes that he be sent to fight Goliath, we get a real toe-tappin’ dixieland jazz number “Give me just one chance to prove he’s just a man.”

The CFDb also says:

Thurl Bailey makes a fantastic Goliath. His main musical number, “I am Goliath” is both dramatic and beautiful. You almost hate to see him go down when David fights him. But be prepared for an unexpected twist toward the end of the movie.

Wikipedia explains, for the uninitiated: “Thurl Lee Bailey (born April 7, 1961 in Washington, D.C.) is an American retired professional basketball player whose NBA career spanned from 1983 to 1999 with the Utah Jazz and the Minnesota Timberwolves.”

The David and Goliath musical is from the Liken Bible Series, which provides other “Musical Adventures in Faith” featuring Daniel, Esther, Jonah, and baby Jesus.

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It’s Sundown on Purim: Time for Hamantaschen and Goliath!

It’s just gone sundown on Purim, and we’ve already been into the hamantaschen which I had made earlier this afternoon:

Hamantaschen

Pretty good for a goy boy, eh? These hamantaschen are fairly traditional, made with a sweet poppy-seed-based filling. According to rumour, consuming too many of these hamantaschen can give you an opium high. However, hamantaschen are quite filling, so I can’t imagine that anybody would ever be able to consume enough of them for the residual opiates in poppy seeds to take effect. It would be far easier just to put your poppy seeds in a coffee grinder, give it a good tamper, and then pop it through your espresso machine. A sip of this and you won’t be able to distinguish Arur Haman (“Cursed is Haman”) from Baruch Mordecai (“Blessed be Mordecai”). Perhaps that accounts for what the author of the prologue to Job wrote?

Hamantaschen or oznei Haman (“Haman’s ears”) are named after (the ears of) the defeated enemy of the Jews, Haman, who is the main baddie in the book of Esther – which you should read through at the festival of Purim.

Another fine Purim tradition is the Purim Play or Purim Shpiel. Many of the biblical stories have been adapted into Purim Plays, including – of course – Esther, but also Joseph, the Akedah (Binding of Isaac), Samson and Delilah, and … David and Goliath.

Ibiblio.org makes available a Yiddish Purim Play, Golias Shpil (גאָליאַס-שפּיל), which is accompanied by a 90s-sounding midi file:

Shtil, shtil, shtil,
Roysht nit vi ayn mil,
Hert nor oys “Golias-shpil”.
Shat, nit shrayt,
Shtiler zayt.
Ir yidn, ir kristn,
Ir daytshishe layt.
Mit a groys gevakh
Tsu hern mayn shprakh,
Mit a klorn zinen,
Mit a reynem gedank,
Mit a tifn gefil
Tsu hern “Golias-shpil”.
Hert nor uf tsu brumen
Un oykh tsu shumen,
Ot do vet bald der aktor araynkumen.

Find out what happens at the end of this Golias Shpil here.

Giants in the Earth Musical – Oxfordshire Theatre Company

Giants in the Earth - Oxfordshire Theatre Company
Giants in the Earth - Oxfordshire Theatre Company

A musical with the working title ‘Giants in the Earth’ is scheduled to be performed by the Oxfordshire Theatre Company in its 2011-2012 season. The musical  – written by Nick Wood, with musical score by Matt Marks, and directed by Karen Simpson – looks at the period when giant bones in the earth were no longer, due to the progress in early paleontology, seen as biblical and classical Giants, but as dinosaurs:

Giants in the Earth is the story of [a] discovery that rocked the scientific, social and religious thinking of 1800’s challenging the understanding of the worlds creation. The race between Buckland and his contemporaries, Richard Owen and Mantell to uncover the hidden world of the dinosaur, was seen at the time to have implications so devastating, that steps were taken at the highest level to conceal the finds

Oxfordshire Theatre Company

Looks a real treat for any modern gigantologists! The Oxford Times has a recent report on the production

I hope the theatre company retains the name, which ultimately derives from the memorable translation of Genesis 6.4 by the King James Version (which has its 400th birthday in 2011):

There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

Giants in the Earth is also the title of Walter Stephens’ excellent book from 1989 which discusses some of the controversy over early paleontology’s battle against gigantology.