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Photo Companion to the Bible

a unique digital resource illustrating the biblical text by chapter and verse with beautiful photographs

Features

  • Modern and historical photographs
  • Biblical sites and museum artifacts
  • PowerPoint-based collection designed for quick use
  • Generous copyright permissions
  • Free shipping and immediate download

Ideal for: teachers, pastors, professors, and serious Bible students

Prices: $19 to $119 per volume (100 to 4,200 photos each). $569 for all 22 volumes.

Endorsement

“Hands down, this is the best visual resource out there! No other resource allows you to experience the Bible visually as this one does.

Whether you’re a teacher, preacher, or someone interested in better understanding the Bible, this is a must-have series.”

Brad Gray, Pastor, Study Trip Leader, and founder of Walking The Text

Old Testament

Joshua

3,100 photos (45–400 per chapter)

 

Highlights

  • Images of sites conquered by Israel, including Jericho, Ai, and Hazor
  • Historic photos of the Jordan River when flooded
  • Extensive illustrations of the tribal inheritances and city lists

 

Free chapter: Joshua 2 (110 slides)

 

Price: $99 $69

 

“What a treasure-trove of material is to be found here. With beautiful photos for almost every phrase in the book that lends itself to some identification, whether by showing an ancient artifact, multiple views of archaeological sites corresponding to the ancient cities, stunning aerial views of the landscape, helpful maps identifying places, and more. I heartily recommend this series to anyone wanting a ‘visual assist’ as they read the Bible!”

—David M. Howard, Jr., Professor of Old Testament, Bethlehem College and Seminary; author of Joshua in the New American Commentary series

 

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Joshua
Judges Photo Companion

Judges

2,800 photos (65–225 per chapter)

 

Highlights

  • Photos illustrating Gideon’s gathering at Ein Harod and Abimelech’s attack on Shechem
  • Images for Ehud in Jericho, Barak at Mount Tabor, and Samson in the Sorek Valley
  • Aerial shots demonstrating the book’s geography

 

Free chapter: Judges 4 (163 slides)

 

Price: $99 $69

 

“The Photo Companion to Judges offers thousands of images that explicate the text. Organized by chapter and easy to navigate, it is an iconographic commentary that is chock full of new and brilliant insights based on the latest archaeological and geographical research. No other product on Judges can enhance teaching as much as this unique resource.

—Kenneth C. WayAssociate Professor of Old Testament and Semitics at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University; author of Judges and Ruth in the Teach the Text Commentary Series

 

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Ruth

350 photos (65–135 per chapter)

 

Highlights

  • Journey from Moab
  • Scenes of harvesting and threshing
  • Historic images of Bethlehem

 

Free section: Ruth 2:1-4 (32 slides)

 

Price: $49 $29

 

Through this spectacular set of photographs formatted as PowerPoint slides, the characters in the book and their activities come to life. I wish I had had this amazing resource when I was writing my commentary.”

Daniel I. Block, Author of Ruth — The King is Coming! (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament)

 

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1 Samuel Photo Companion

1 Samuel

3,000 photos (50–230 per chapter)

 

Highlights

  • Photos illustrating David’s battle with Goliath in the Elah Valley
  • Images related to Samuel’s ministry in the tabernacle
  • Visual explanations of David’s flight from Saul in the Judean wilderness
  • Aerial photographs revealing the book’s geography
  • Artifacts illuminating the culture of the day

 

Free chapter: 1 Samuel 4 (89 slides)

 

Price: $99 $79

 

“Today’s students need visual-based instruction like never before, and this remarkable set of photographs is just what we need. The notes embedded in the slides are up-to-date, and helpful in every respect. Students and teachers alike will love this Photo Companion like few other resources for Bible instruction.”

Bill T. Arnold, Paul S. Amos Professor of Old Testament Interpretation, Asbury Theological Seminary, and author of 1-2 Samuel (NIV Application Commentary)

 

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2 Samuel

2,900 photos (45–200 per chapter)

 

Highlights

  • Photos of Hebron and Jerusalem, David’s capital cities
  • Artifacts illustrating the food, clothing, weapons, vessels, and material culture of David’s day
  • Reliefs demonstrating the iconography of war and royalty in the Ancient Near East
  • Labeled photos showing Jerusalem’s geography and highlighting the physical realities of 2 Samuel’s accounts
  • Examples of ancient city gates and wells, as well as traditional-style tents and houses

 

Free chapter: 2 Samuel 2 (130 slides)

 

Price: $89 $69

 

“What a ‘fire hydrant’ flow of pertinent, revealing detail for interpreting 2 Samuel! This extravaganza adds repeated perspective and understanding—whether appreciating the sort of turf Abner & Co. would face traveling back to Mahanaim in ch. 2, or getting the ‘skinny’ on David’s conquest of Jerusalem in ch. 5, or simply visualizing the hiding places David may have used in ch. 17; at every turn one gains fresh appreciation and new insights into the text of 2 Samuel in this marvelous geographical-archaeological-cultural starter kit. There is a richness in the Photo Companion that commentaries often don’t or can’t supply.”

Dale Ralph Davis, Former pastor of Woodland Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, and author of 2 Samuel: Out of Every Adversity

 

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Photo Companion to 2 Samuel
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Esther

700 photos (25–150 per chapter)

 

Highlights

  • Photos of Susa, including the throne room and gate house
  • Contemporary reliefs of the Persian court
  • Models and plans of Susa and its architecture
  • Ancient inscriptions mentioning the Persian kings and queens

 

Free chapter: Esther 4 (59 slides)

 

Price: $69 $49

 

“The Photo Companion to Esther is an excellent resource for professional-quality digital photos, maps, and illustrations that will enhance any presentation of that biblical book or historical period. Conveniently packaged as PowerPoint slides, it is particularly suitable for easy classroom use. Highly recommended.”

Karen H. Jobes, Gerald F. Hawthorne Professor Emerita of New Testament Greek & Exegesis, Wheaton College and Graduate School, and author of Esther (NIV Application Commentary)

 

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Psalm 23

100 photos 

 

Highlights

  • Green pastures and still waters
  • The “valley of the shadow of death”
  • Rods, staffs, tables, enemies
  • Bonus image sets of shepherds and sheep

 

Free section: Psalm 23:1 (13 slides)

 

Price: $39 $19

 

“This Photo Companion to the Bible introduces you to the lay of the land—its beauty and danger—in which Israelite shepherds work, along with their ancient traditions. Each slide is accompanied by a brief commentary that explains the photograph and its cultural relationship to the text. Use this resource to give your listeners a deeper appreciation of one of the Bible’s most famous passages.”

Ted WeisAdjunct Lecturer in Biblical Studies, Sterling College; Pastor, Little River Congregational Church

 

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Daniel

1,000 photos (40–190 per chapter)

 

Highlights

  • Statues, reliefs, and coins of prophesied kings
  • Depictions of ancient gods and beasts
  • Sites and artifacts from Babylonian and Persian empires
  • 190 slides illustrating the detailed events of Daniel 11

 

Free chapter: Daniel 3 (116 slides)

 

Price: $69 $59

 

“The Daniel volume in the Photo Companion to the Bible series is simply terrific! These high-quality PowerPoint slides include pictures with descriptions and commentary arranged for a verse-by-verse study of the biblical text. The Photo Companion will make the Bible come alive for your class or church group. I highly recommend it.”

— Stephen R. MillerAssociate Dean of Doctoral Programs and Chairman of the Old Testament and Hebrew Department, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary; author of Daniel in the New American Commentary series

 

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Old Testament (8 volumes)

more than 13,900 photos

 

All 8 volumes of the Old Testament:

  • Joshua, Judges, Ruth: 6,200 photos
  • 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, and Psalm 23: 5,900 photos
  • Esther and Daniel: 1,700 photos

 

Price: $529 $259

 

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Photo Companion, Old Testament, 8 volumes

New Testament

Matthew

3,000 photos (50–240 per chapter)

 

Highlights

  • Visit of Magi and flight to Egypt
  • Sermon on the Mount
  • Healings and parables
  • The Olivet Discourse

 

Free chapter: Matthew 4 (155 slides)

 

Price: $99 $89

 

“For those who love to teach the Gospels in their visual context, this new resource from BiblePlaces.com is the answer to a teacher’s or preacher’s fondest prayer. What Gutenberg did for the written Word, BiblePlaces.com has just done for Gospel visuals. It’s a truly remarkable resource for bringing the Gospels alive in fresh and new ways.”

Doug GreenwoldPreserving Bible Times

 

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Photo Companion to Mark

Mark

2,000 photos (75–200 per chapter)

 

Highlights

  • John the Baptist’s ministry
  • Blind man at Bethsaida
  • Mount of Transfiguration
  • Passion Week events in Jerusalem

 

Free chapter: Mark 6 (191 slides)

 

Price: $89 $79

 

“This is an absolutely invaluable resource that provides amazing visuals when studying the Scriptures. My students and I have benefited richly from this PowerPoint tool and I highly recommend it for every pastor and layman who is seeking to provide visual aid to their study and teaching of the Scriptures.”

-Jared ClarkStudent Ministries Pastor, California

 

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Luke

3,000 photos (80–190 per chapter)

 

Highlights

  • Jesus’s birth in Bethlehem
  • Jesus’s childhood and ministry in Nazareth
  • Calming the storm and walking on the Sea of Galilee
  • The road to Emmaus

 

Free chapter: Luke 8 (165 slides)

 

Price: $99 $89

 

“The Photo Companion to the Bible is an essential resource for anyone teaching or preaching the Gospels. This database of images will enhance your presentations and help make the world of the Gospels come alive for your students. Short of visiting Israel several times on your own, this Photo Companion will also help anyone reading through the Gospels visualize the places Jesus lived.”

-Phillip J. LongProfessor of Biblical Studies, Grace Christian University

 

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Photo Companion to John

John

2,000 photos (40–195 per chapter)

 

Highlights

  • Wedding of Cana
  • Woman at the well in Sychar
  • Miracles at Pools of Bethesda and Siloam
  • Raising of Lazarus in Bethany

 

Free chapter: John 2 (165 slides)

 

Price: $89 $79

 

“This is a tremendous resource. As great as the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands is, I predict the Photo Companion to the Bible will be even more helpful for the preacher and teacher.”

—Tony LawrenceEvangelist for the Church of Christ at Bybee Branch

 

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Acts

4,200 photos (65–250 per chapter)

 

Highlights

  • The apostles’ early ministry in Jerusalem
  • Peter’s journey to Joppa and Caesarea
  • Paul’s three missionary journeys
  • Paul’s shipwreck and final journey to Rome

 

Free chapter: Acts 18 (198 slides)

 

Price: $149 $119

 

“I have been looking for this sort of extraordinary resource for years. I don’t know of any other photo resource for Acts currently on this level. This collection will transform the way I teach Acts in the classroom, and it’s useful for my own thinking as I work again through the text.”

Craig S. KeenerF. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary, and author of Acts: An Exegetical Commentary (4 vols.)

 

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Acts Photo Companion
Romans Photo Companion

Romans

1,600 photos (65–185 per chapter)

 

Highlights

  • Inscriptions from Jews living in Rome
  • Illustrations of judgment, sin, sacrifices, and death from the Roman world
  • Photos of texts cited by Paul from a Torah scroll and the Great Isaiah Scroll
  • Images of slave chains, slave collars, slave markets, slaves in triumphal procession
  • Olive trees with branches broken off and grafted in

 

Free chapter: Romans 12 (114 slides)

 

Price: $69 $49

 

“Teachers are (or should be!) finding ways to present Biblical material to students in memorable ways. Accompanying the study of the Bible with visual material is a great way to engage students. The photos and illustrations brought together in this collection should go a long way to making a class on Romans more interesting. I plan to use the resource when I teach Romans from now on.”

—Douglas MooWessner Chair of Biblical Studies, Wheaton College; author of The Letter to the Romans in the NICNT series

 

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1 Corinthians

1,700 photos (65–200 per chapter)

 

Highlights

  • Photos of athletic competitions, racetracks, and prizes
  • Ancient manuscripts related to stewardship, lawsuits, and divorce
  • Photos of Greco-Roman temples and meat markets
  • Coins illustrating orators and the Emperor Nero
  • Statues of famous individuals known to the Corinthians
  • Imagery of planting, building, temptation, judgment, household gatherings, and communal meals
  • Frescoes illustrating marriage, worship, sacrifice, prayer, freedom, conscience

 

Free chapter: 1 Corinthians 13 (95 slides)

 

Price: $69 $49

 

“This photo collection is remarkable! It provides a wonderful tour of the city of Corinth and also includes pictures and interpretations of objects related to both the background and the subject of text. Viewing the slides, I felt as if I had found a pearl of great price that both informs and enriches one’s understanding of this letter. The PowerPoint format will make it particularly useful as a first-class way to introduce a study of 1 Corinthians to others.”

—David E. GarlandProfessor of Christian Scriptures, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University; author of 1 Corinthians in the BECNT series

 

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Photo Companion to 2 Corinthians

2 Corinthians

800 photos (45–115 per chapter)

 

Highlights

  • Papyrus letters, scribal tools, and artwork of scrolls
  • Traditional tents and portrayals of tent-making
  • Ancient judgment seats, including the bema at Corinth
  • Weaponry, armor, and strongholds from the biblical world
  • Single coins and coin hoards from the Greco-Roman period
  • Imagery of grief, joy, decay, reconciliation, conflict, sowing, and reaping
  • Frescoes illustrating judgment, field work, sailing, worship, and pagan wisdom

 

Free chapter: 2 Corinthians 4 (65 slides)

 

Price: $59 $49

 

“When I discovered the resources offered through BiblePlaces.com I was thrilled. The photos have been a tremendous help to me! They are high quality, wisely organized, and reasonably priced. As one who loves geography, history, culture, and archaeology, these images have been a tremendous blessing and have greatly enriched my ministry.”

Pastor Joel DeSelm, South Bend, IN

 

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Galatians

650 photos (65–125 per chapter)

 

Highlights

  • Discussion regarding Paul’s audience, date of the epistle, with photos illustrating multiple views
  • Archaeological remains from the region of Galatia, including pagan temples
  • Examples of key Greek words in Galatians as used in ancient inscriptions and letters
  • Photos illustrating Paul’s travels, from Damascus and “Arabia” to Jerusalem and Antioch
  • Examples of treaties and other binding covenants from the Ancient Near East
  • Greco-Roman artifacts related to children, slaves, and freemen

 

Free chapter: Galatians 5 (125 slides)

 

Price: $49 $39

 

“The Photo Companion to Galatians provides a rich immersion into the lived environment of Paul and the Christians he addressed in Galatia by means of a carefully curated — and helpfully annotated — collection of photos of archaeological sites and relevant artifacts.  Those who teach or preach on Galatians will find a great deal of visual material here to enrich the experience of those they lead through this important letter.”

David A. deSilva, Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek, Ashland Theological Seminary, and author of The Letter to the Galatians in the NICNT series

 

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Photo Companion to Galatians
Photo Companion to Ephesians

Ephesians

500 photos (70–115 per chapter)

 

Highlights

  • Extensive photos and notes relating to the city of Ephesus and its archaeological site
  • Illustrations demonstrating the nuance of meaning behind key words in Ephesians
  • Examples of other ancient letters that give context to Paul’s epistolary format
  • Early Christian iconography illustrating concepts in the letter
  • Discussion of different views surrounding when Paul wrote the letter, with photos illustrating multiple possibilities
  • Greco-Roman artifacts related to idolatry and sacrifices
  • Ancient reliefs and texts shedding light on the wives, husbands, children, fathers, slaves, and masters of Paul’s day
  • Illustrations for each element of the armor of God

 

Free chapter: Ephesians 3 (73 slides)

 

Price: $49 $39

 

“These photographs of ancient sites and artifacts related to Paul’s letter to the Ephesians provide a visual feast for the student of the letter. They helpfully place students of the letter into Paul’s world and make its abstract theological concepts come alive.”

Frank Thielman, Presbyterian Professor of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School; author of Ephesians in the BECNT series

 

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Philippians

450 photos (70–145 per chapter)

 

Highlights

  • Photos and notes relating to the city of Philippi and its archaeological site
  • Illustrations demonstrating the nuance of meaning behind key words in Philippians
  • Examples of other ancient letters that give context to Paul’s epistolary format
  • Many artifacts and archaeological sites related to the Praetorian Guard and Roman prisoners
  • Other ancient uses of the Greek word for “rejoice,” as well as Greco-Roman imagery illustrating joy
  • Ancient artifacts and modern scenes related to Judaism, illustrating Paul’s testimony
  • Greco-Roman remains pertaining to athletic competitions

 

Free chapter: Philippians 4 (73 slides)

 

Price: $49 $39

 

“The starting point for the faithful study of Scripture is understanding what the text meant within its original historical and cultural context. Among all the resources available for that task, there is nothing quite like The Photo Companion to Philippians. The hundreds of photos, along with clear and descriptive captions, enable one to visually engage the world of Paul and the Philippians in fresh and dynamic ways. Whether you are a pastor, a teacher, a missionary, a small group leader, or simply a student of the Bible, the Photo Companion to Philippians will deepen your understanding of the biblical text and enable you to invite others into that experience.”

Matthew S. Harmon, Professor of New Testament Studies, Grace College and Theological Seminary; author of Philippians: A Mentor Commentary

 

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Photo Companion to Philippians
Photo Companion to Colossians and Philemon

Colossians and Philemon

600 photos (110–145 per chapter)

 

Highlights

  • Photos and notes relating to the city of Colossae and its archaeological site, as well as its sister city Laodicea
  • Illustrations demonstrating the nuance of meaning behind key words in Colossians
  • Examples of other ancient letters that give context to Paul’s epistolary format
  • Photos of Rome and other Roman sites illustrating Paul’s imprisonment
  • Greco-Roman artifacts related to philosophies and false religions
  • Examples of ancient mysticism and syncretism
  • Artifacts relating to Greeks, Jews, barbarians, Scythians, slaves, and freemen
  • Photos illustrating early house churches
  • Greco-Roman remains illuminating the cultural context around Onesimus’s slavery and Paul’s appeal for his freedom

 

Free chapter: Colossians 2 (145 slides)

 

Price: $49 $39

 

 

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1 & 2 Thessalonians

650 photos (40–120 per chapter)

 

Highlights

  • Photos of the archaeological remains of Thessalonica and explanations of the city’s history
  • Depictions and explanations of Greco-Roman family dynamics as referenced by Paul
  • Examples of the ambient cultural immorality facing Paul’s audience
  • Photos illustrating the Macedonian churches cared for by the Thessalonians
  • Illustrations of Thessalonica’s local industries
  • Greco-Roman examples of sleep used as a metaphor for death and artistic depictions of mourning
  • Artifacts and artwork illuminating Paul’s descriptions of the Second Coming
  • Illustrations of Paul’s (literal) tentmaking ministry and contrasting examples of idleness in Greco-Roman culture

 

Free chapter: 1 Thessalonians 5 (109 slides)

 

Price: $49 $39

 

“This new collection of images illustrating 1 and 2 Thessalonians is extraordinary! It illuminates not only the archeological setting of Thessalonica and the letters Paul sent to the congregation there, but also the many aspects of everyday life that those letters touch on, including death, sex, money, and work. This wide-ranging and visually powerful collection is an outstanding resource for anyone teaching or researching the Thessalonian letters.

Michael Holmes, Professor of Biblical Studies and Early Christianity Emeritus, Bethel University; author of 1 & 2 Thessalonians in the NIVAC series

 

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Photo Companion to 1 & 2 Thessalonians
Photo Companion to 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus

1 & 2 Timothy, Titus

1,100 photos (50–150 per chapter)

 

Highlights

  • Photos of the archaeological remains at Ephesus and on the island of Crete
  • Artifacts and artwork illustrating Paul’s repeated martial and athletic metaphors
  • Statues demonstrating common attire and hairstyles of women in Paul’s day
  • Examples of the words “deacon” and “elder” found on inscriptions
  • Artifacts related to various heresies, syncretistic errors, and fables that afflicted the early church
  • Illustrations and discussions of poverty, widowhood, and old age in the Greco-Roman world
  • Photos of Rome and its prison, as well as the many other locations referenced by Paul
  • Various honorable and dishonorable vessels recovered from around Paul’s time

 

Free chapter: 1 Timothy 4 (64 slides)

 

Price: $69 $49

 

“In a visual culture, seeing the truths of Scripture adds a new dimension to understanding the words of God. This is especially true of theological teachings, which the Photo Companion to 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus uniquely and wonderfully does. I wish I had this resource when I was teaching and especially preaching through the Pastorals.

Bill Mounce, President of BiblicalTraining.org; author of Pastoral Epistles in the Word Biblical Commentary

 

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New Testament (14 volumes)

more than 22,000 photos

 

All 14 volumes:

  • Matthew, Mark, Luke, John: 10,000 photos
  • Acts: 4,200 photos
  • Paul’s Epistles: 8,000 photos

 

Price: $499 $379

 

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Photo Companion, New Testament
Photo Companion to the Bible, 16 volumes

Old and New Testaments (22 volumes)

more than 34,000 photos

 

All 22 volumes of the Photo Companion to the Bible:

  • Joshua, Judges, Ruth: 6,200 photos
  • 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, and Psalm 23: 5,900 photos
  • Esther and Daniel: 1,700 photos
  • Matthew, Mark, Luke, John: 10,000 photos
  • Acts: 4,200 photos
  • Paul’s Epistles: 8,000 photos

 

Price: $799 $569

 

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