Frequently Asked Questions
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- How can I use these pictures?
- Why are these photographs of places not mentioned in the Bible?
- How are these photos unique?
- Why should I purchase these photos when I can find free ones on Google?
- What are the minimum system requirements to use the program?
- Does the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands work on a Mac?
- I like the information on the website; is there also text on the DVDs?
- How can I view the annotations if I don’t have PowerPoint?
- How does the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands compare with the Slide Set CD from Biblical Archaeology Society? Is there significant redundancy between the two collections?
- Can I use this if I teach with overhead transparencies?
- How do you install the program?
- What is the BiblePlaces.com Image Library in Logos Bible Software?
- Do you have a catalog of all of your products?
- Do you accept payment with PayPal?
- Do you charge sales tax?
- Can you offer me a better price if I buy the complete set?
- How can I get the photo collection quickly?
- Can I upgrade from the previous edition?
How can I use these pictures?
There are many ways. Since the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands provides thousands of images in jpg format, they can easily be adjusted and incorporated into nearly any type of project. They are perfect for teaching with PowerPoint, using as backgrounds for Scripture texts or worship songs. Other programs restrict and limit options; this library is designed to be a versatile tool to be used in as many ways as possible.
Why are these photographs of places on mentioned in the Bible?
We have created this collection to be a library of photographs, so that whatever your particular interest or need, you will be able to find relevant images. Usually (but not always) modern locations are ignored, but anything with historical significance for studies of the world of the Bible are included. For example, Tel Arad is apparently never mentioned in the Bible (assuming, as we do, that the Arad of the book of Numbers is another site). But there is much value in understanding both the Early Bronze city and the Iron Age fortress, including the syncretistic temple used by the Judeans stationed there.
Why should I purchase these photos when I can find free ones on Google?
What are the minimum system requirements to use the program?
You need a computer (PC, Mac, or Linux) with a DVD drive. The PowerPoint program (or similar) is necessary in order to view the PowerPoint presentations and annotations.
Does the Pictorial Library work on a Mac?
Yes. The DVDs consist of three kinds of files: jpg images, PowerPoint presentations, and html files with instructions. This format allows for maximum compatibility with all computers and operating systems.
I like the information on the website; is there also text on the DVDs?
Yes. The Pictorial Library includes much more information than is available on the website. The PowerPoint presentations have extensive annotations about the sites and photographs. Altogether the amount of text is equivalent to a 2,000-page book. For more detail and samples of the explanatory text, see this page.
How can I view the annotations if I don’t have PowerPoint?
How does the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands compare with the Slide Set CD from Biblical Archaeology Society? Is there significant redundancy between the two collections?
The Biblical Archaeology Slide Set CD focuses on artifacts while the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands features primarily sites and landscapes. The BAS CD includes 1,200 images at a lower resolution for $180; thePictorial Library includes 17,000 images at a high resolution and costs $389. The BAS CD has thorough explanations written by multiple experts; the Pictorial Library has limited explanations written by a single college professor.
Can I use this if I teach with overhead transparencies?
Yes. One school district purchased multiple sets and printed hundreds of the photographs as full-color transparencies. They look beautiful and are being used with great impact in their classrooms.
How do you install the program?
Since the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands is a collection of jpg images and PowerPoint presentations, there is nothing to “install” per se. There are some significant advantages to copying the files to the computer’s hard drive, such as speed and convenience, and we recommend doing this.
What is the Bibleplaces.com Image Library in Logos Bible Software?
A $20 product included in most base packages of Logos Bible Software, the “BiblePlaces.com Image Library” is a collection of 350 medium-resolution (1024×768) images selected from the previous 10-volume edition of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands. One advantage of the Logos collection is its close integration with biblical studies resources, including searchability by Scripture reference. By contrast, the Pictorial Library is not searchable by Scripture reference, but it contains 17,500 high-resolution images, pre-made PowerPoint presentations, relevant maps, two indices, and extensive annotations.
Do you accept payment with PayPal?
Yes. We also accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. Payment may be made in a variety of currencies, including Euros, British Pounds, South African Rand, Australian Dollars, and more.
Do you charge sales tax?
Can you offer me a better price if I buy the complete set?
Yes. The complete set of 18 volumes of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands is available for $389. This is a 35% discount off of purchasing the volumes individually. If you own the previous edition of the Pictorial Library, you qualify for upgrade pricing.
How can I get the photo collection quickly?
Expedited shipping is available for $10 in the US and orders take approximately three days to arrive. International orders cost more and take longer, though international postal practices make estimating difficult. If you have placed an order and would like to download part or all of your purchase, send us an email and we will make the images available for you within 24 hours. There is no charge for this service.
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Revised: August 5, 2015