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

Making Your Own Bible Study Pictures

A friend of mine pointed me towards this great article where a church is making their own Bible Story images using play mobil. This is great, lego has been used most notably by Brendan Powell who is an atheist. Brendan’s public books are inline with Christian beliefs, but in reading his website and looking at his images it becomes clear his is an unbeliever. That is why it is nice to see people doing still motion toy Bible pics that believe the history.

Check out what one church is doing with Play Mobil at http://www.covchurch.org/bible-story-slides/

 

Kingstone Bible – An unbelievable source of great art

The Kingstone Bible is an amazing piece of Christian art for the visual teacher, because it contains so many pieces of scripture that for otherwise there are no pictures.

Kingstone Bible Volume 8
Kingstone Bible Volume 8

For instance, who else fully illustrates Nahum and Habakkuk, not many, but you find it in the Kingstone Bible. The Kingstone Bible is actually more complete in this sense than the “Action Bible” it’s chief competitor.

The main site for the Kingstone Bible is here: https://kingstone.co/

Some parts of the Bible are available in Logos Software, you just have to buy them from Vyrso and they will show up in your logos.

Most issues are available for Kindle Kingstone on Amazon

 

 

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.

vbl007-jerusalem-flyover-6-from-the-virtual-bible-logos

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