Adventures in the Bible
A Sister Trope to Field Trip to the Past, Adventures In The Bible is a Time Travel-type Story where a person (usually young, with or without a guardian) goes back in time (usually to Bible Times) to experience a story that we all know and love. Education Ensues. Unlike Field Trip to the Past, which deals with history that's supported by multiple sources (e.g., photographs, witnesses' accounts, documents, etc.), this trope covers events (The Trojan War, for example) that usually have only literary sources (such as Homer, Vergil, or Dares the Phrygian), the veracity of which may be challenged by scholars. As such, these stories straddle the line between history and literature. A Staple of Religious Edutainment.
ExamplesAnime & Manga Fanfiction
- The Doctor Who fanfic A Word To The Wise by Agrippinilla. Possibly subverted in that it's a first person account of a meeting with the first Doctor by one of the Biblical characters...
- Done via Imaginarium instead of time travel in the Empath: The Luckiest Smurf story "The Smurf Of Solomon", as Empath tries to find out who "the Beloved" in the Song Of Solomon that Smurfette was enamored to is. Played straight through time travel in "Smurfed Behind: The Passion Of The Smurfs" when the Smurfs visit Jerusalem during the time of Jesus' death and resurrection.
- It doesn't actually occur, but in Back to the Future the Doc says that one could witness the birth of Christ as he sets the time circuits to "DEC 25 0000". Of course, there was no year zero nor is it especially likely that Jesus was actually born on Christmas. Bob Gale has indicated that this bit was meant to be taken as a joke.
- The religious film The Daylight Zone, which is a parody of The Twilight Zone.
- The short story A proof in time. It doesn't end well for the time traveler.
- Let's Go to Golgotha! by Garry Kilworth features time travel vacations back to view the Crucifixion.
- Tennis Shoes among the Nephites features time travel to Bookof Mormon events . . . that is, until the fifth book. The cast expands exponentially by the twelfth book, and they are all spread across several times and continents in both Bible and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints canon.
- Dark Passage, by Junius Podrug, features a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits going back in time to prevent the Islamic extremist terrorists from killing Jesus before his crucifixion. Which is strange, considering Jesus is still a respected prophet in Islam... and Islam didn't exist whil Jesus was alive...
- Madeline L'Engle's Many Waters has the Murry twins going back to the time of Noah's Ark.
- Unlike most examples, this one keeps the well-known part of the story (Noah) hidden for quite a while so, unless you're really up on your Old Testament, you don't even know you're reading a Bible story until about half way through.
- Og Mandino's The Christ Commission has a skeptic brought back in time to investigate the Resurrection.
- Happens frequently in Adventures in Odyssey, though usually it's via Virtual Reality.
- In the time-travel-humor webcomic Times Like This, Cassie witnesses firsthand the birth of Jesus, while Matt has some fun with the dead, decapitated Goliath.
- Spoofed in one strip of Shortpacked, in which the manger is crowded with time-traveling kids and the Animaniacs.
Joseph: My wife is giving birth here. Do you people mind?!
- The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible.
- The Family Guy movie had Stewie's future self going back in time to see Jesus; his sleight of hand tricks prove a little disappointing.
- In Michael Moorcock's "Behold the Man," Karl Glogauer, the protagonist, is shocked to find Jesus to be deformed and mentally incompetent. Trapped in the past, Glogauer gradually assumes the identity of a Messiah.