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.

Kingstone’s 101 Questions about the Bible and Christianity

Kingstone’s 101 Questions about the Bible and Christianity vol 1 I have to applaud for choosing to put this sort of content in comic fashion.

101 Questions about the Bible and Christianity Volume 1 by Kingstone Comics

The comic answers five questions:

  1. Where did Cain get his wife?
  2. What does the Bible say about dinosaurs?
  3. Where was Jesus for the three days between his crucifixion and the resurrection?
  4. What happens to people right after death?
  5. Does the Bible mention aliens or UFOs?

The questions are answered by addressing different views, but in general from a conservative literal reading of the scripture. So the dinosaurs is a young earth creation point of view.

The challenge of using comics in visual teaching is that the conversation bubbles sometimes detract from what you are teaching. In general buying copies of this and giving it to youth, might be the best way to teach.

This comic can be found in Vyrso, which will load it into the logos software here.

The Kindle copy can be found here.

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.

Visualized Bible Art Library

The Visualized Bible Art Library is a collection of paintings done in the 1980s. What is unusual about this collection is it spans almost the whole Bible with over 4,500 images. Some of the images are verse by verse representations of the story. Which is especially great when focusing on single stories. The art purposely tries to be family friendly in that there is no gore or blood and the more violent sections of the Bible are just hinted at.

The below low res example image is from 2 Kings 11:1 Queen Athaliah ordering the death of all the heirs to the throne. Here you see the value of the set, it is extremely rare to find an image set that has images for these obscure pieces of the Bible. This particular story in 2 Kings 11 has 16 images illustrating it verse by verse.

2 Kings 11:1 Athaliah orders the death of the heirs

The full information on the set is a little scattered. The original images were sold on this Gospel Services and this is still the best place to get info on the set, but they are actually sold now in a series of 10 volumes by Glad Tidings Publishing

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.

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.

 

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

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

The Biblical Art of Ted Larson

Among all the art I use teaching, I don’t think I use anyone’s art more than Ted Larson.

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Ted Larson is a modern digital artist, who has done five series that go through the following five books of the Bible:

  1. Exodus
  2. Ezekiel
  3. Daniel
  4. Zechariah
  5. Revelation

All five are amazing and the Ezekiel and Zechariah two are especially gems because there are so few artists that do much from those books.

If you are going to buy useful art for teaching I highly recommend you check out his art at Ted Larson Online Store

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