The third season of the National Bible Bee Competition Show premiered Tuesday on Facebook Live, and subsequent episodes in the six-episode series will air every Tuesday.
Last year, the National Bible Bee Game Show became the first television series to premiere on Facebook Live. Produced by Enthuse Entertainment, the National Bible Bee Game Show reached 80 million homes in the first season on three TV networks and was broadcast globally on NRB TV, CTN, and UPLIFT TV.
The second season, hosted by actor/producer/speaker Kirk Cameron and sponsored by Museum of the Bible, was broadcast on Facebook Live in 2017. More than 15 million people worldwide watched the 30-episode series.
Now, one year later, the show will spotlight 45 young people ranging from 7 to 18 years of age as they compete for $100,000 in prize money.
“The National Bible Bee Competition is a culmination of not only months of study and memorization, but also prayer and dedication,” said Emeal Zwayne, the national spokesperson for the National Bible Bee, in a press release. “We have been blessed beyond measure to watch these young people recite Scripture.”
The contestants for the National Bible Bee Competition Show are chosen from the annual National Bible Bee Summer Study in three age divisions: Primary (ages 7-10), Junior (ages 11-14) and Senior (ages 15-18). The top 120 contestants in each division compete nationally in Scripture knowledge and memorization. In preparation, young people commit to memory up to 950 Bible verses.
The National Bible Bee Competition Show is co-hosted by Zwayne, president of Living Waters Publications; identical twins Jason and David Benham, former professional baseball players, best-selling authors and serial entrepreneurs; and Hannah Leary, winner at the first National Bible Bee Game Show.
Leary, who hails from Buffalo, New York, says the competition is far more than rote memorization.
“It’s not just memorizing Scripture,” Leary explained. “It’s studying Scripture and being able to dive in deep and understand what God has to say in His Word.”
She added, “All contestants know that the real prize of the National Bible Bee is the Word of God.”
At NRB’s most recent Convention, Proclaim 18, each main session started off with finalists and semifinalists of the National Bible Bee Competition, who shared excerpts of Scripture from the hundreds of verses they have memorized.
The vision of the National Bible Bee (www.biblebee.org) is to “know God’s Word and make Him known” by engaging young people in the study and memorization of Scripture and the proclamation of His Word through local, national and broadcast competitions.
The National Bible Bee Competition Show airs every Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.
By NRB Staff
Published: April 26, 2018