An 18-year-old teen named Caleb is among the youths who reportedly memorized more than 800 Bible verses in just 90 days to prepare to compete on “The National Bible Bee Game Show, a show that premieres Tuesday, April 4, at 8 p.m. on Facebook Live.
It’s a stunning accomplishment, to say the least, as these young people plan to take the stage to utter — by memory — a plethora of verses in the Old and New Testaments.
Want a lens into what that will look like? You can watch a preview of Caleb firing off verses from Psalm 19 below:
The Bible Bee show is hosted by actor and producer Kirk Cameron and is being sponsored by the Museum of the Bible, the new museum slated to open this fall in Washington, D.C.
The show will feature 72 young people between the ages of 7 and 18 who compete for $270,000 in prize money. It’s a project Cameron said he’s elated to be part of.
“More powerful than any book on Harry Potter’s shelf, the Holy Bible has transformed people and nations for thousands of years,” he told Faithwire. “I was thrilled to host the National Bible Bee game show to bring more attention to these incredible young people who have devoted so much time to scripture memorization and proclamation.”
In addition to Cameron, authors and real-estate entrepreneurs Jason and David Benham and previous Bible Bee game show winner Hannah Leary will join in as co-hosts.
While the show has previously aired on TV networks, the decision to run all 30 of its hour-long episodes on Facebook Live is significant, according to Bobby Downes, of ChristianCinema.com — the platform where the shows will be archived after airing.
“This will be the first ever television series to broadcast on Facebook Live,” Downes said. “Facebook Live is the future of television. It allows us to choose our audience, pick the airtime and, most importantly, engage with the viewers as they watch this incredibly inspiring competition.”
Cameron said he’s hoping to see the game show inspire young people across the globe to read and commit the Bible to memory, but he’s also praying that they see that the Bible “gives life, it heals, and transforms people wherever it goes.”
You can watch “The National Bible Bee Game Show” Tuesday night at 8 p.m. on Facebook Live right here.
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