A cinematic series which investigates key biblical narratives from Creation to Christ. Biblical scenes and dynamic teaching lead through key truths about a God who loves humanity and is willing to pay the price for their rescue.

Dove Review

** — This review is based on 11 episodes of a series.

Many Christians, hopefully all Christians, know the generalized story of the Bible: that Christ Jesus lived and died for the sins of all mankind, and that those who place their faith in Him will receive everlasting life in heaven. Far fewer of us know, however, know the in-betweens, the books of the Bible beyond Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

Perhaps it is because we know very little of the greatness of the Bible that we often rely on our works as Christians: we forgo our Thanksgivings to offer our time at a soup kitchen, or we sponsor children’s educations in third-world or developing countries. Some of us work at non-profits, and, for others, keeping lying or cheating to a minimum is seen as a way to somehow earn our spot in heaven. Tetelestai focuses centrally on this, on the greatness and the goodness of an Almighty God, and on the truth that our non-profit endeavors or our postponed turkey dinners could never do what Christ did for us: allow us to receive everlasting life.

Tetelestai begins where most stories begin: The Beginning. Discussing the stories of God through His creation in the first seven days and the initial sin of Adam and Eve, Tetelestai incorporates both the stories and the details of those stories that, without examination, we might miss. Addressing the key stories of the Bible, including, but not limited to, the story of Abraham, Moses, the story of the Israelites and an in-depth examination of the 10 Commandments in relation to modern-day life, Tetelestai culminates in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in the Gospels.

Tetelestai both examines and physically depicts through cinema the historical basis of each of these stories and is centrally reliant on history as means of proving the Bible’s accuracy. Thus, each narrative addressed in Tetelestai and in the Bible itself is presented as a historically-reliant article of the past, including the life and death of Christ.

By evaluating and discussing various narratives of the Bible, Tetelestai reminds Christians that there is far more to faith in Christ that can be found outside of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Reminding each Christian, or simply each viewer of the series, of the historical basis of the Bible and the greatness of the Lord presented within it, Tetelestai reminds us that there is no other way to eternal life than through Christ Jesus, who paid the ultimate price so that he may have eternity with us. And so, Tetelestai ends at Tetelestai, among the final words uttered by Christ on the cross, meaning “It is finished.”

Analysis and depictions of narratives within the Bible have earned Tetelestai a Dove-approved Seal for Ages 18+.

The Dove Take:

Tetelestai, a historical and Christian-based analysis of specific narrative within the Bible, highlights the great love of the Lord and the great faith humanity must place in Jesus Christ.

Content Description

Faith: Stories of Adam and Eve, Noah, Abeaham, Moses and culminating with Mary, Joseph and, of course, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Integrity: Constant themes of God’s greatness and the authority of the Bible.
Sex: A prostitute enters a car with a man in Episode 1, discussion of impurity in Episode 5 and discussion of sexual relations in Episode 7.
Language: None
Violence: The Bible does not shy away from violent tales, murders, sacrifices, a man burning in hell and the price Jesus paid in suffering and crucifixion.
Drugs: In Episode 1, there's heavy partying, drinking, and smoking shown; cocaine is shown being inhaledand heroin is injected into an individual’s neck. The other episodes don't have this.
Nudity: None
Other: The series contains a lot of graphic depictions that aren't sanitized.


Company: Light in Action Pictures
Writer: Arlen Peter Issak; Cynthia Nina Isaak
Director: Joel Andrew Craig; Jonathan Marcelus Enns; Arlen Peter Issak; Cynthis Nina Isaak
Producer: Joel Andrew Craig; Jonathan Marcelus Enns; Arlen Peter Issak; Cynthis Nina Isaak
Genre: Religion
Runtime: 347 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Caroline H.