Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


 

What are the minimum system requirements?

You need a computer that can view images. The jpg images may be viewed in a image viewer (included with all operating systems today). The PowerPoint program (or equivalent) is necessary in order to view the PowerPoint presentations and annotations. Our DVD-based collections require a DVD drive, but purchasers can request a free download link to access the images from any device.

 

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I like the information on the website; is there also explanatory text on the DVDs?

Yes. All of our photo collections include much more information than is available on the website. The PowerPoint presentations have extensive annotations about the sites and photographs.  The amount of text in the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands is equivalent to a 2,000-page book.  For more detail and samples of the explanatory text in the Pictorial Library, see this page.

 

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In what ways can I use these photographs?

There are many ways that you can use the photographs for study, teaching, and for personal enjoyment.  Since the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands provides thousands of images in jpg format, they are adjusted and incorporated into nearly any type of project. The images are perfect for teaching with PowerPoint, using as backgrounds for Scripture texts or worship songs.  Instructors may print the photos within their course notes. While other programs restrict and limit options, our library is designed to be a versatile tool to be used in as many ways as possible.

 

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Does the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands include photographs of places not mentioned in the Bible?

Yes. 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. While our focus is on the ancient world, we include some photographs of other sites of historic and modern significance as well. 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 Judahites stationed there.

 

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How are your photos unique?

We’ve written a page to answer this question.

 

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Why should I purchase these photos when I can find free ones on Google?

The availability of images on the internet today is much greater than it was in 2000 when the first edition of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands was released. Today one can search Google Images, Flickr, and similar sources for thousands of free images. What does the Pictorial Library provide that these sources do not?

First, we provide comprehensive collections that are well-organized. Google can provide you with a variety of images, but sorting through them all to find what you want can be daunting. Our collections were designed so that you can find lots of images related to the Bible and ancient history quickly and easily. Second, our images are accurately identified and described. We recently read a major archaeology textbook that made an embarrassing identification error of a photograph based on an internet source. Third, our images are all in high-resolution. Fourth, many of our images have descriptive labels which help you to understand what you’re looking at.

Fifth, with the BiblePlaces.com collections, you do not need to identify copyright holders, determine what type of usage is allowed, and write to request permission. Our image libraries provide thousands of high-quality, accurately identified photographs with generous permissions at a reasonable price. The Pictorial Library is consistently praised as providing outstanding value. The new Photo Companion to the Bible provides the images organized by biblical chapter and verse, greatly reducing the time you need to spend searching.

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What is the difference between the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands and the Photo Companion to the Bible?

The Pictorial Library of Bible Lands has been our most popular collection for more than 17 years now. It provides modern-day photographs organized by country, region, and location. The Photo Companion to the Bible is our newest series in which photographs are organized by biblical book, chapter, and verse. There is naturally some overlap between the two collections, but each has much that is unique. For example, the Pictorial Library provides dozens of images of Capernaum in a Capernaum folder and PowerPoint. The Photo Companion has only a few images of Capernaum each time the site is mentioned in the biblical text. To give another example, the Photo Companion includes not only modern-day images, but also historic photos and museum artifacts, all intended to illustrate a biblical verse. The Photo Companion also includes hundreds of the latest images not available when the Pictorial Library was released.

 

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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.

 

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Do you charge sales tax?

Sales tax is charged where required by law. Currently sales tax is charged for purchases of physical products (DVDs and books) in the states of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, Texas, Utah, and Washington. Sales tax is usually not charged for purchases of download collections. Purchases by organizations that are tax-exempt will receive a sales-tax refund upon request.

Customers outside the US may be charged VAT at the time of purchase or upon delivery. One customer in the UK has informed us that they were assessed a Royal Mail International handling fee. You may also request to receive your purchase by download instead of a physical copy. In this case, we will refund your shipping charges.

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How do I order the Photo Companion to the Bible on DVD? 

The DVD option will appear during the checkout process after you place the desired volume(s) in your cart.

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Do I need to purchase the eSellerate Download Service (eDP)?

Since BiblePlaces.com provides free, lifetime updates for your purchase, you do not need to purchase this service. For the Photo Companion to the Bible, you will find the link to the free updates on the notes section of the title slide of each PowerPoint. At this link, we will provide the latest edition of the PowerPoint files. Purchasers of the Satellite Bible Atlas will receive a link with their atlas to access the digital maps and photos. You may purchase eDP if you would like additional peace of mind.

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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 would like to download part or all of your order, send us an email and we will send a link so you can download the photos. Please give us 24 hours for this free service.

 

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Do you have a catalog of all of your products?

Yes. You may download our listing here (pdf).

 

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Can I upgrade from the previous edition of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands?

Yes, and on this page we explain why upgrading is recommended for previous purchasers. We also have a separate FAQ concerning upgrades. To order resources at the upgrade pricing, go here.

 

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Revised: August 11, 2017