Review: Jonathan Park: Ep. 93 – Trial by Fire, Part 1

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Background Information

The Jonathan Park CDs are produced by Vision Forum Ministries.  Through these CDs, VF hope to ‘provide children and adults with scientific evidence that is in harmony with the Word of God’.  [Which raises the questions, ‘What does “in harmony” mean?’ and ‘What do they do with scientific evidence that is not in harmony with the Word of God?’] Tagline: This is our Father’s world, God created it; we can explore it, so live the adventure!

NOTE: The producers of this series neglect to reference their information in any form.  No references is ever given either on the CD or in the Study Guide for ANY information presented in the series.  Even the voice actors of the series are not given any credit anywhere.  We only know that the series is a production of Vision Forum Ministries.

Plot Summary:

Throughout the team’s expedition, various artifacts have been disappearing from archeological sites. While working at Mount Nebo, yet another robbery occurs. As they pursue the thief, Jonathan, Kendall, and Akiva get lost in the Negev desert and caught in a sand storm. When they awake, they learn some unexpected secrets about the Copper Scroll. (Taken from here.)


Dr Park, Jonathan and Akiva stand on Mount Nebo at the Memorial Church of Moses.

God punishes for disobedience but he shows grace in each of our lives just as He allowed Moses to view the Promised Land.



The STORY: The Maccabees belong to the non-canonical books; some consider it scripture, but it wasn’t included in ‘our’ Bible. Canon means that they are undisputed.

Jessie asks, ‘How did we get the OT that we have?’

Jim explains (the verses are all provided by him in his explanation to Jessie):

Moses’ writings were kept in the ark in and a copy in the Temple. Deut 31:9 and 36 (sic).

Joshua 24:6 – Joshua’s acounts were added.

1 Sam 10:25 – Samuel’s accounts were added.

When Solomon built the temple, he added books from Joshua to his own timeline 2 kings 22:8

Daniel 9:2 references to passages from Isaiah.

They continued to collect books recognised to be inspired by God.

The prophets’ accounts were added prior to the exile. And there were writers after the exile: Ezra, Nehemiah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi.

When the Israelites returned from exile, they rededicated the Temple and once again focused on the book of the law completing the collection of all the OT.

Jesus quoted from the OT. In Luke 24:44, on the road to Emmaus, “…all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses, and in theProphets and in the Psalms concerning me.


There is no Deuteronomy 31 verse 36.  The closest I can think of that would fit the story would be verse 24: And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished,

Joshua 24:6 doesn’t fit.  I think he meant Joshua 24:26And Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law of God, and took a great stone, and set it up there under an oak, that was by the sanctuary of the Lord.

2 Kings 22:8 doesn’t fit.

Daniel 9:2 mentions Jeremiah and not Isaiah.

Disclaimer: I may have misheard what Jim Brenan actually said and therefore may have copied down the verses incorrectly.  I do not have a copy on hand to listen to, so if anyone out there does have a copy and can have a listen and tell me whether I’m right or wrong (wrt the Bible verses), that would be greatly appreciated! 

More about the Maccabees here.

More about the Old Testament here.


The three are guests of a Christian Bedouin tribe after the tribe members save them from a sandstorm. Jonathan is VERY rude as he gags and makes choking noises after he learns what it is he is actually eating. Dr Park does not say a word.

Amos 1:1 mentions an earthquake. There is an inscription that was broken into over 100 pieces (due to the earthquake) that dates back to Balaam. Balaam was a non-Hebrew prophet hired by the king of Moab.

The characters are not consistent in their pronunciation of Negev. Some pronounce it /nuh-GEV/. The correct pronunciation is /NEG-ev/.

That’s all I’ve got.

Draw your own conclusion about this episode.

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About yewnique

I am a Malaysian-born woman who is married to an Australian and now live in Melbourne, Australia. I am a mother to four children. I home school. I like reading, writing, and cooking -- not necessarily in that order. I care about grammar and spelling, but am nonchalant about the Oxford Comma. I try to follow Christ's teachings.

Posted on Saturday, July 6th, 2013, in Bizarre, Jonathan Park, Jonathan Park Reviews. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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