Glo Bible Software – (Former) King of Visuals at an Economic Price

(I had to edit this article)

Apparently the desktop version of Glo depended heavily on an online server, so much so that even if you install all media locally (all the pictures, maps, art) it still needs to interact with the server.

When and why I am not sure, I did successfully use it offline at points, but now it is a brick. Every since the parent company shut down their desktop support servers in 11/2017 the desktop application wants a login that will not work. Bummer this was a great resource, that a lot of people paid for and it is now useless. They still have a subscribe phone version, but it is not useful for visual teaching at all and it is missing all the virtual tours.

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Glo Bible Software by Immersion Digital is one of the best sources for pictures that you will find.

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All the greatest are pulled together here with unbelievable resolutions.

  1. All of Gustave Dore’s Biblical Work
  2. Some of James Tissot’s Gospel Paintings (Re-Touched)
  3. Most of David Roberts location paintings from the late 1800’s
  4. Some of Todd Bolen’s Bible Places photos
  5. Some of the Library of Congress’ Holy Land collection
  6. Immersion Digital Virtual Reality 3D Panoramic Tours of Holy Land Spots
  7. Exclusive content created by Leen Ritmeyer
  8. Immersion Digital Reconstructions in Virtual Reality 3D Panoramic of spots and Biblical Events
  9. Additional classic Biblical Artwork.

I am not even including the maps, which are fun, because they used MapQuest and were able to zoom in, unfortunately on their classic software the support from MapQuest which was only available over the internet has ended, but the rest of it is well worth the cheap price tag. To buy the classic software on Amazon buy Glo Bible Premium Multi-Device Digipack, it includes all of the stuff above, it might be a little hard to install on Windows 8 or 10, I had to install mine in safemode.

Glo is the successor to Illumina and has a new web and smart phone based version in the mix, though these versions seem to be going away from the dominance in visual resources that the original version had. Check out their website at Glo Bible for more information.

The search in the program works well, but can be slow and if you used the VR tours in teaching you need use the program directly. I have not found a way to use the VR tours directly in Power Point. With the other visual pieces there is a copy button that allows you to put them in a Power Point presentation.

This is well worth and highly recommended.

 

Reverend Fun – A Good Source for a Comedic Insight

Reverend Fun is a website from Harper Collins that has Far Side like Biblical cartoons. These cartoons range from bad puns, like the “Golden Calve” instead of the “Golden Calf” to some more insightful cartoons.

On the pun side here is one of hundreds that I like:

Reverend Fun

The other day I was explaining Syncretism to some of my students and one of the cartoons has a guy telling Jesus that he used to be an atheist and then he was reincarnated and now he totally gets where Jesus is coming from (Syncretism is mixing two different world views to come out with a new one).

In visual teaching I like to sprinkle in one or two cartoons or visual jokes just to change gears a little and since Reverend Fun has a search, it is a great source.

Holman Book of Biblical Maps, Charts and Reconstructions

Holman in the last couple of years has put out a plethora of visual resources. One of the more widely distributed is the “Holman Book of Biblical Maps, Charts and Reconstructions’

Holman Book of Biblical Maps, Charts and Reconstructions

My favorite part of this book is the 22 Reconstruction drawings that are included. There are also 22 Maps and close to the same amount of charts.

The highlights for me were the reconstruction drawing of New Testament Jericho and Caesarea Maritima and the charts that show how money is distributed between the evangelized and non-evangelized world.

There are two important notes about this 1) These are not my favorite maps 2) All the same reconstructions and some of the maps and charts are included in the Holman Quick Source Bible Atlas which in general is a better deal for the money, only downside is the picture size is worse in the Bible Atlas than in the “Holman Book of Biblical Maps, Charts and Reconstructions”.

Virtual Bible – Obscure Resources

The Virtual Bible is an obscure resource that was put together by Daniel Warner and James Strange, that has videos that go through computer reconstructions of Biblical sites.

As far as I have found there are three released pieces.

  1. Visual Bible 2004 – This version I only have experience through the Logos Media Archive, which is a media set included with the lower base package. It contains 2 videos and 110 pictures. One video is just a 360 of a Galilean boat, the other though is a fly over of Jerusalem during Jesus time stopping at important spots. It is well done. There are also 10 still shots of the computer generated model, below is one of those still shots.

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2. Virtual Bible 2014 – The second version seems to be an updated version of this same resource. I think there was a dvd released with this content, but I have never seen it and a search online did not help. Accordance Bible Software sells a copy here.

Virtual Bible Cover

This version has more video, the best one is a overview narration of the passion events while a computer model is moved, it really gives a feeling of where everything happened.

Here is a promotional video from on Youtube

3. The Virtual Bible – Abrahams Journey is the third one. This one I have only seen as an out of print CD-ROM. Here is the link to it on Amazon. I am not for sure this is even the same authors. The back of the CD mentions the website for the virtual bible www.thevirtualbible.com this of course no longer works.

In closing if you want a good concise computer generated model video tour of 1st century Jerusalem from the air consider this product.

 

Revelation – Best Visuals to Teach It

Apocalyptic literature is one of those things that visuals add to the experience so much. In teaching the book of Revelation if you really want to make the book pop and you want to add visual resources I am going to give you a couple of Recommendations, normally most visual books are not that useful here, the only thing a Bible Atlas usually gives you is the location of the Seven Churches, that is why it is important to seek out other resources:

  1. The Visual art of Ted Larson. Ted has a Revelation Digital Art set that is amazing. I also have a blog article on Ted’s Art here.

Below is a sample pic

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Revelation 1:9 Among the Lampstands by Ted Larson

2. Charting the End Times by Tim LaHaye, this is an amazing CD-Rom of charts/time lines. I have an blog post about the charts here.

Below is an image.

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3. For really understanding all the different views of Revelation and getting some nifty charts and pictures see Rose Guide to Bible Prophecy. I will give you a more in depth review of this resource later, but in my opinion this should be your third choice for visual resources after the two above.

Rose Guide to End-Times Prophecy
Rose Guide to End-Times Prophecy

 

Charting the End Times by Time Lahaye – Incredible Visual Teaching Resource

Charting the End Times CD-ROM is an incredibly special resource. This resource is out of print and it is so rare, that if you see it, you need to buy it now. It is that good!!! Well as long as you are teaching dispensational premillennialism, (that is a mouthful, basically the idea that the tribulation and rapture are yet to come and that Revelation is future prophecy) if you are preterist (Revelation is about past history) then you have no need for this.

Charting the End Times

Tim LaHaye some of you may remember, because he was one of the co-authors of Left Behind. He has a book named “Charting the End Times”, that contains a ton of great charts that make Revelation easy to understand. This CD-ROM is a teachers companion to that book. The reason it is so amazing is it comes with 50 pre-made power point charts, that fill themselves in with each click. So you start with a blank screen and every click fills in a complex time line/chart. It makes it super easy to explain things. I have never seen a better power point product for teaching Revelation. Below is a screen shot of one of the charts filled in, there were 20 clicks to get it to fill in that far.

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I highly recommend this resource it is unique and high quality. 5 Stars.

Unfortunately I could not find this for sale anymore on LaHaye’s website and a copy on Amazon is in the hundreds.

Charting the End Times CD-Rom on Amazon

Biblical Reconstructions – Why they are Important for Visual Teaching

A Biblical Reconstruction is where an artist recreates what things (often cities) looked like during Biblical times. One of the most famous is the model in the picture below from Logos Bible Photos of the 1st Century Model of Jerusalem currently on display Israel Museum. Almost every book source of pictures will contain a close up of at least the temple.

Jerusalem Model

These reconstructions would be the equivalent of giving the reader scenery when retelling a Biblical story visually. It can give them a feeling of space and movement, which maps do as well, just the three dimensional nature of a reconstruction does even more.

If you want to get really crazy, the best reconstructions I have found are in Glo Bible Software. Glo has these insane 360 degree virtual tours (See my review of Glo here). Some are of modern day Biblical sites (like the Pool of Bethesda excavation) or some are from computer reconstructed models, there is one that you can walk from the Damascus gate to the Temple, through the Temple and then all the way down to the Pool of Siloam.

These are crazy detail and fun. I encourage you to use reconstructions, it will let your students have a good picture in their mind when they read the Bible.

Sermon View and the Visual Teacher

There are many places to get images both free and pay. One of the pay ones is Sermon View. Sermon sells single images and subscription downloads. (They also give away free images, word on that below). All of their content is modern and they sell some modern artists and design houses. The majority of their images are meant to be marquee images for Pastors preaching. For those of you like me that are telling a story there are just a couple sets of interest. They have images from Oxygen Media

Oxygen Media on Sermon View

An example image of Samson vs the Philistines with a jaw bone, as you can see Oxygen’s artist is really amazing.

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They also have images from modern artist Steve Creitz (whom I will write more on later). Steve has sets of Daniel, Revelation and Tabernacle images that are really amazing. Sermon View does not sell all of his stuff. Below is a copy of the beast from Revelation with the boastful little horn. Creitz is an amazing artist.

Steve Creitz on Sermon View

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Free IMAGES!!! Sermon View wants you to keep coming back to their site, so much so, that they will give you a free image once a month. Go to their site and sign up and you can take your pick.

Sermon View – Monthly Free Image