Beitzel Photo Library from Logos

The “Beitzel Photo Library” available when using Logos software is a photo library of Bible locations that includes 14,000 photos of Biblical places for only $29.99. This seems like an amazing deal and it would be if any of the photos were labeled. In using the photo library most of the time I have no idea what I am looking at. So, there is random Egyptian temples and random locations in Greece… what bearing does it have for the Visual Bible Teacher? None!

If you want a good set of Bible locations pictures here are the sources listed with price:

  1. Padfield – This is a personal collection of photographs by the pastor of the Church of Christ in Zion. Though the labeling is not perfect, he puts a bunch of great pictures out there for you to use.
  2. Glo – (Update Glo desktop has become unusable, do not buy the desktop version, it needs interaction with a server, that is no longer available) From the old Bible software if you buy an old desktop copy and install it. There are around 3,000 great pictures about 25% of them are unique to logos and 75% of them are from Todd Bolen’s Bibleplaces that I will discuss next. This software should only cost you $30, but extracting the pictures is somewhat difficult. You have to copy and past the screen using windows snipping tool.
  3. Accordance Photo Guide – The photo guide sets from accordance are wonderful. Ton of explanatory data fantastic photos. If you get them on sale all six sets can run you under $100.
  4. Bible Places – Somewhat pricey and so many pictures that often time have little bearing to scripture, sometimes it is easy to get lost in a sea of irrelevant pictures. I would definitely recommend the Photo Guide above, it is less expensive, has great pictures and has more pictures from important places in Iraq and Iran, than Bible Places has.
  5. The Barry Beitzel Photo Library from Logos – This one as I mentioned above is not worth the $29.99 price tag because the notes and organization are so bad that it almost renders the whole thing unusable.

There you have it the best places to get great Bible location pics.

Accordance Bible Art

When looking for good Bible art there are many sources. Both Logos and Accordance Bible Software has art sets that are either embedded in their base packages or are for sale.

The reviewed set here is Accordance Bible Art which can be found at the attached link. This set includes around 340 pictures. I say around because they are in order of Bible reference so many images show up multiple times for multiple passages.

Two thirds of this set is made up of Gustave Dore’s biblical engravings which are very common. The set does not include Dore’s Deuterocanonical etchings for Maccabees and Tobit etc. The Dore drawings are good size and resolution.

The other third is a mixed bag of classical artists and one modern artist named David Lang. All of these other artists pictures are dark tinted, the comparative pictures that are found in Logos Fine Art collection are better colored. The one redeeming feature of these pictures is there maybe fifteen rare paintings here that I have not found anywhere else.

To make a long story short, it is a good source for Dore’s paintings, though Glo is better. Both Accordance and Glo are hard to extract the paintings from for use in Presentation.

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

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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.

 

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

Biblica Bible Atlas – A Bargain Source of Pictures

When visual teaching on a budget, finding a good source of pictures that are inexpensive is important, I think the most amazing source I have found in that sense is “Biblica – The Bible Atlas” written by Barry Beitzel.

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I will write more about Professor Beitzel in a later post. Biblica is a massive print book with beautiful pages, and the content flows wonderfully through history. You may be thinking… a book? But wait… some versions of the book came with CD-Roms that contained all 870 images used in the book in jpeg format. Sure there were no useful labels on them, but there is everything in this images set.  Fantastic maps, even of obscure Bible subjects like “The Syro-Ephraimitic War”

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Amazing tables, artifact pictures, location pictures and then there is the art used… wow, there is a depth and variety of art used in this book that I have not found in any other book. For instance the below picture is “Merodach Baladan king of Babylon that would be defeated by Sargon by E Wallcousins” if memory serves this King of Babylon long before Nebuchadnezzar, visited Hezekiah, trying to drum up an alliance against the massive Assyrian Empire.

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Okay so this is the most important thing to know. I do not think all editions had the CD-ROM, so if you buy it used (which I think it is out of print) make sure you buy a copy with a CD-ROM. Here is a link to the amazon page for the book.

Biblica on Amazon

Be really careful if  you want the best hard cover atlas as well, there were two different sizes, one is smaller.

I give Biblica 5 stars as visual resource for depth, usefulness and variety of visual content. As well for 870 pictures it is possible to get the book for under $30 which is well worth it.