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The Story Keepers

All Episodes 1997

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  • Ended
  • 1995-01-01T05:00:00Z
  • 25 mins
  • 5 hours, 25 mins (13 episodes)
  • English
  • Animation, Children
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The Storykeepers is an animated Christian video series that tells the story of a Christian leader and his family's adventures living in Ancient Rome, Italy whose mission is to keep Jesus's stories alive during the 1st century. Introduction: Rome, 64 AD. The Emperor Nero has unleashed his fury against the Christians. Their crime: Proclaiming a King higher than Caesar. Setting fire to the city, Nero places the blame on the Christians, and launches a new campaign to wipe them out. Families are separated, children left homeless, as thousands are sold into slavery or thrown to the lions. Escaping the panic of the fire, and dodging the advancing soldiers, a group of children find shelter in the gentle care of Ben and Helena; a local baker, and his wife. Here the children discover an amazing secret network of daring men and women, who risk their lives to help one another, and to tell the stories of the great storyteller, the one called Jesus. And so awaiting the day when their parents will return, Anna, Cyrus, Justin, and Marcus, embark on an adventure of a lifetime, together with Ben, Helena, and their friends, in the Christian underground. Their mission: To keep the stories of Jesus alive. This is their story. They are the Storykeepers!
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15 episodes

Special 1 The Easter Storykeepers

  • 1997-04-15T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

In AD 64, when Emperor Nero is persecuting Christians and setting fire to Rome, will The Storykeepers be able to keep the story and stories of Jesus alive? Will The Storykeepers manage to stay alive? Can anyone be trusted? The Easter Storykeepers is a story of friends who can’t be relied on, enemies pretending to be friends, and a Roman enemy who finally becomes a friend when Ben and his orphans help him to understand what The Storykeepers are telling him about Jesus. After Tacticus, Nero’s leading guard, tells Nero that he is a Christian, Nero, with the help of the evil Nihilus, decides to burn all the Christians out of Rome. Things get too hot to handle for Ben and Helena, Zakkai, Justin, Marcus, Anna and Cyrus. Helena, Cyrus, Justin and Marcus manage to escape Nihilus’s attempts to burn them out of the bakery, but it leads to Ben, Justin and Marcus getting arrested in the catacombs under the city. Once in prison, Ben, Justin and Marcus meet Capella, one of the Roman soldiers who crucified Jesus. What unfolds from this unique meeting is the story of Easter. From Judas’ betrayal through to Jesus re-appearing in the garden, the Easter story carefully unfolds. Meanwhile, in parallel with the Easter story, Ben too is threatened with crucifixion. In a film of high action and drama, trust and mistrust, denial and recognition, and family love, once again The Storykeepers confront the evil Nero and Nihilus while trying to keep the story of Jesus alive. The Storykeepers never deny Jesus, even under the threat of death, but the big question is, ‘Will all the gang escape? And where will they go?’

Special 2 The Christmas Storykeepers

  • 1997-06-01T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

The Christmas Storykeepers is about journeys and miracles. The Journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem and the miracle of the birth of Jesus unfolds though the journey The Storykeepers are forced to make. From the burnt out streets of Rome and the terror of the evil Emperor Nero, to the burning sands of Africa, The Storykeepers carry the story of Jesus’ birth and life to the whole world. Ben and Helena, Zak and their “family” of orphans continue their Storykeeping life and fight for survival as the miracle of Christmas unfolds. But it would not be The Storykeepers if there was not an adventure or three along the way. While Nero sets Rome on fire, The Storykeepers rescue two lion cubs and their mother; organize a daring escape; cross the sea from Ostia to Shemhadar; run out of water in the desert; run into the ever evil Nihilus and yet still manage to come out singing. In a seventy minute feature film with songs, sadness, stories and the Christmas story for the whole family, The Christmas Storykeepers is as timeless as the nativity story itself. This is Christmas as you have never seen it before.

1x01 Breakout

  • Series Premiere

    1995-01-01T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

A young street juggler named Cyrus is captured during a church raid and sentenced to being thrown to the lions. Anna convinces Ben to launch a rescue operation.

1x02 Raging Waters

  • 1995-02-01T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Zakkai and the kids must smuggle a scroll containing a story about Jesus to a church across town, and use the aqueducts to do so. Things seem to go swimmingly until Zak is captured by a Roman centurion named Tacticus.

1x03 Catacomb Rescue

  • 1996-01-01T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Ben and the gang must help a missionary named Ephriam escape Rome, but first they need to secure travel papers for him. When Nihilus and Tacticus come searching for Ephriam, Ben and Anna lead the gang through the catacombs. When Anna and Justin are trapped in a cave-in with an injured Tacticus, they learn the value of loving their neighbor from Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan.

1x04 Ready, Aim, Fire

  • 1996-02-01T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Zak's uncle Mordecai has come to visit, and Zak goes overboard trying to impress him. Meanwhile, Nihilus and Nero have plans to renovate the city via fire, and Tacticus must find a way to stall them and give Ben and his church a chance to escape.

1x05 Sink or Swim

  • 1996-03-01T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Justin learns about a slave ship where his and Marcus' father, Joshua ben Judah, may be imprisoned, and Ben agrees to help Justin search the ship. But the gang is caught off-guard when the ship is suddenly called out to sea to do battle with a rebel slave ship.

1x06 Starlight Escape

  • 1996-04-01T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Rome has become too dangerous to hold large meetings, so Ben, Helena, and the kids travel to Ostia with an old guide named Milo. It's no easy journey as they are hunted by Roman patrols the entire way. Ben and Helena use the long trip to tell the kids the story of Jesus' birth and the visit of the Magi.

1x07 Roar in the Night

  • 1996-05-01T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

Marcus has befriended two lion cubs who have escaped from Nero's cruel animal trainer. He is determined to find a way to keep the cubs out of Nero's clutches, but that may mean having to release them in Africa instead of keeping them.

1x08 Captured

  • 1996-06-01T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

Cyrus is captured by a patrol while showing off his acrobatic skills, only to be sold to a local merchant who is impressed by Cyrus' talent. Cyrus finds himself living the good life, and when Ben & co. try to rescue him, he refuses to go back to the bakery. Helena tells the children Jesus' parable of the Prodigal Son and encourages them to pray for Cyrus.

1x09 Trapped!

  • 1997-01-01T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Tacticus' faith is discovered when he refuses to participate in the mandatory worship of Nero at the emperor's birthday party. Ben and the gang enlist the help of Empress Sabina's servant Miriam to rescue Tacticus.

1x10 Betrayed!

  • 1997-02-01T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

The local miller reveals Ben's operation, sending him into hiding. In order to flush him out, Nihilus threatens to burn down the bakery—with Helena, Justin, Marcus and Cyrus still inside!

1x11 Nabbed by Nero

  • 1997-03-01T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Ben and his family are living in the catacombs, planning their escape to Shem Hadar. Meanwhile, Nero's soldiers, led by Nihilus and Capella, are searching the catacombs for them. Eventually Ben, Justin and Marcus are captured and imprisoned, and Ben takes advantage of the situation to teach Capella about the death and resurrection of Jesus.

1x12 Getaway!

  • 1997-04-01T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Cyrus is reunited with his parents, who insist on helping Helena rescue Ben and the boys. The attempt is almost successful, but when Ben is recaptured and sentenced to crucifixion, it's up to Capella to save him—even at the cost of his own life.

1x13 The Final Conflict

  • 1997-05-01T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

Ben and the gang are finally on their way to Shem Hadar. But their trek takes them across the desert to avoid a port where the Romans are still searching for Ben and Tacticus. When Nihilus shows up, bent on vengeance, Tacticus faces one last battle with the gang's most ruthless enemy.

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