The Pictorial Library of Bible Lands

Take a look at this photograph of the northern end of Sea of Galilee.

Now, try to grasp this fact: the majority of the events in the Gospels occurred in the scene you’re seeing.


That . . . is the power of a picture.

No matter how hard we try when we read the Bible, we cannot visualize on our own what the lands of the Bible look like.

  • We read about the “Wilderness of Judea” and we picture the wilderness of Montana or Washington State. But one photograph shows you it’s nothing like that.
  • The text refers to the mountains around Jerusalem and we imagine the Rocky Mountains. Not even close!
  • We have read about the Sea of Galilee all our lives, but as you can see in the picture above, it’s really a small lake.

83% of what we learn, we gain through sight. These photographs show us what the Bible says.

You Can See What the Bible Says

I have traveled to Israel many times and taken thousands of pictures, but I have never seen any photographs better than the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands. They are the best Holy Land photos I’ve ever seen.

These are more than just High Resolution pictures from the Holy Land. Special care has been taken to photograph biblical sites.

  • There are more than 1500 photos of Jerusalem.
  • More than 1500 photos of Judah and the Dead Sea area.
  • More than 2300 photos of the areas of Galilee and Samaria.
  • Thousands of other photos from Turkey, Greece, Italy, Egypt, and Jordan.

All together, the Complete Revised and Expanded Edition of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands includes more than 17,500 High Definition photographs from 9 countries in the ancient Mediterranean world.

All at your fingertips . . .

These photographs are unmatched both in their quality as well as their subject matter—they show what the Bible says. My blog simply would not be as effective without them. Wayne Stiles

Every Volume Includes Notes, Labels, Maps, and Indexes

You are never left to wonder where to find a site or what you’re looking at once you find it.

  • Clear Explanations: Thousands of sites and subjects have explanatory notes and Scripture verses inside PowerPoint presentations in order to help you understand what you are looking at (see below). The content in these annotations would add up to more than 2,000 pages of text.
  • Identifying Labels: Especially on aerial and panoramic photographs, labels identify sites and features (see below). You will see many things that you would have otherwise missed!
  • New Maps: All new original maps have been created so that you can easily identify the location of nearly every site in the Pictorial Library (see below).
  • Full Indexes Included: The Image Index lists every photograph for quick and easy searching. The Site Index provides the primary name for each site as well as alternate names and spellings so that you can quickly find the location of any site you are searching for.

A feature which I really appreciate is that they are all labeled! You know right from the picture exactly what you are looking at. This makes the pictures usable even by someone who has not been to Israel.Dr. J. Carl Laney
Western Seminary

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I own and enjoy all 18 volumes of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands (and so would your pastor!), but I recommend you start with the Israel Collection.

The Israel Collection (Volumes 1-5)

The Israel Collection contains all the photographs, notes, labels, maps, and indexes of volumes 1-5 on two DVDs in a single case. If you can only purchase one set, this is what I recommend. I use these pictures almost daily in my study and on my blog.

Israel Collection

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The Israel Set includes:

  • Volume 1: Galilee and the North– more than 1,100 photos of:
    • Regions: Golan Heights, Huleh Basin, Galilee Hill Country, Sea of Galilee, Jordan River, and the Plain of Asher.Galilee and the North
    • Sites: Dan, Hazor, Capernaum, Chorazin, Tabgha, Bethsaida, Kursi, Arbel, Baram, Sepphoris, Nazareth, Rosh HaNiqra, Acco, Haifa, Kedesh, Abel Beth Maacah, Caesarea Philippi, Nimrod’s Castle, Mount Hermon, Qatzrin, Gamla, Hippos, Nahal Ammud, Nahal Iyon, Nahal Senir, and Mount Merom.
  • Volume 2: Samaria and the Center– more than 1,200 photos of:
    • Regions: Jezreel Valley, Harod Valley, Mount Carmel, Sharon Plain, Samaria, Jordan Rift, and Benjamin.
    • Sites: Megiddo, Tanaach, Jokneam, Beth Shean, Mount Gilboa, Mount Tabor, Hill of Moreh, Muhraqa, Dor, Caesarea, Aphek, Tirzah, Mts. Gerizim and Ebal, Shechem, Shiloh, Bethel, Ai, Mizpah, Gibeon, Gibeah of Saul, Michmash, Nebi Samwil, Beth Horon ridge, Kiriath Jearim, and Jericho.
  • Volume 3: Jerusalem– more than 1,500 photos of:
    • Regions: Old City, Temple Mount, City of David, Western Wall Tunnels, West Jerusalem, Mount of Olives.
    • Sites: Gates of the Old City, Broad Wall, Warren’s Shaft, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Via Dolorosa, Garden Tomb, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Garden of Gethsemane, Bethany, and the Jerusalem Model.
  • Volume 4: Judah and the Dead Sea– more than 1,500 photos of:
    • Regions: Hill Country of Judah, Judean Wilderness, Dead Sea, Shephelah, and the Philistine Plain.
    • Sites: Qumran, En Gedi, Masada, Ascent of Adummim, Wadi Qilt, Bar Kochba caves, Bethlehem, Herodium, Mar Saba, Hebron, Jaffa, Gezer, Beth Shemesh, Valley of Elah, Jarmuth, Azekah, Adullam, Maresha, Lachish, Tell Beit Mirsim, Ekron, Gath, Ashdod, Ashkelon, and Gaza.
  • Volume 5: Negev and the Wilderness– more than 700 photos of: Negev and the Wilderness
    • Regions: Biblical Negev, Negev Highlands, Nabatean Cities, Nahal Zin, Spice Route, Wilderness of Zin, Wilderness of Paran, Aravah, and the Red Sea.
    • Sites: Gerar, Ziklag, Tell Jemmeh, Nahal Besor, Tell el-Farah South, Beersheba, Arad, Tel Ira, Tel Masos, Sede Boqer, Avdat, Mampsis, Nessana, Machtesh Ramon, Red Canyon, Timna Park, Tabernacle model, and Eilat.

Of course, you can also purchase each volume in the Israel Collection separately—as well as in the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands.

If you are looking for high-quality pictures of the Holy Land, the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands is the place to find them. Not only are the well-known sites and features included, but also out-of-the-way places rarely seen by the average visitor.Dr. Bryant G. Wood
Director, Associates for Biblical Research

The Photographer Had an Unfair Advantage (but YOU get the benefits!)

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It’s unlikely you will get to live in Israel for more than ten years. The photographer of these photos lived in Israel more than a decade! These photos give you the benefits of his advantage.

The Pictorial Library of Bible Lands includes more than the standard tourist sites. It does include all of the churches and camel stops, but the strength of the Pictorial Library is the images of biblical and ancient cities, archaeological excavations, geographical panoramas, cultural events, wildlife, and flora.

  • The library includes the three major Jewish festivals at various places in the country, especially Jerusalem.
  • You’ll see the best panoramas on the clearest days.
  • Photos from hundreds of miles of trails throughout the land.
“The photos are beyond fantastic! Breathtaking . . . I consider these discs to be one of the best investments I have ever made.” —Bill Wilson, Sunday School teacher, Atlanta, Georgia.

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Volumes 6-18—Even More Bible Lands!

Volumes 6-18 focus all the other other Bible Lands, including Jordan, Turkey, Italy, Rome, Egypt, and more!

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Volume 6: Jordan – more than 850 photos of:

Gadara, Gerasa, Tishbe, Jabesh Gilead, Ramoth Gilead, Pella, Abila, Penuel and Mahanaim, Tell Deir Alla, Bethany Beyond the Jordan, Iraq el-Emir, Amman, Tell Hesban, Medeba Map, Mount Nebo, Macherus, Kerak, Nahals Yarmuk, Jabbok, Arnon, Zered and Punon, Bozrah, King’s Highway, Petra, and Aqaba.

Volume 7: Egypt – more than 1,000 photos of:

Coral Island, Jebel Musa, St. Catherine’s Monastery, Serabit el-Khadim, Wadi Feiran, Kadesh Barnea, Wadi el-Arish, Suez Canal, Tanis, Tell el-Maskhuta, Tell er-Retabeh, Tell el-Yehudiyeh, Alexandria, Giza Pyramids, Abusir, Memphis, Saqqara, Dashur Pyramids, Meidum, Beni Hasan, Tell el-Amarna, Abydos, Karnak and Luxor Temples, Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut’s Temple, Medinet Habu, Aswan, Elephantine Island, Philae Island, and Abu Simbel.

Volume 8: Lebanon – more than 700 photos of:

Tyre, Sidon, Zarephath, Eshmun Temple, Beirut, Byblos, Nahr el-Kalb, the Beqa, Baalbek, Cedars of Lebanon, Karak Noah, Kamid el-Loz, Litani River, and Mount Hermon.

Volume 9: Eastern and Central Turkey – more than 1,300 photos of:

Antioch on the Orontes, Seleucia, Tarsus, Attalia, Perga, Aspendos, Pisidian Antioch, Lystra, Derbe, Ankara, Hattusha, Kultepe, Carchemish, Zincirli, Haran, Nemrut Dag, Arslantepe, Mount Ararat, the Tigris River, the Euphrates River, Gobekli Tepe, Cappadocia, and Urartu.

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Volume 10: Western Turkey – more than 900 photos of:

Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea, Colossae, Hierapolis, Assos, Alexandria Troas, Miletus, Istanbul, Didyma, Priene, Troy, Termessos, Xanthos, Myra, Patara, Cnidus, and Halicarnassus.

Volume 11: Greece – more than 800 photos of:

Athens, Eleusis, Corinth, Isthmia, Cenchrea, Mycenae, Argos, Tiryns, Epidaurus, Arcadia, Olympia, Delphi, Nicopolis, Dodona, Meteora, Mount Olympus, Dion, Berea, Thessalonica, Neapolis, Amphipolis, and Philippi.

Volume 12: The Greek Islands – more than 450 photos of:

Samothrace, Mitylene, Chios, Samos, Patmos, Cos, and Rhodes.

Volume 13: Cyprus and Crete – more than 700 photos of:

  • Cyprus: Salamis, Paphos, Kourion, Amathus, Alamanou, Khirokitia, Idalion, Nicosia, Larnaca, Enkomi, and Famagusta.
  • Crete: Salmone, Itanos, Heraklion, Knossos, Tylissos, Mount Ida, Gortyn, Phaistos, Fair Havens, Lasea Armeni, and Phoenix.

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Volume 14: Italy and Malta – more than 550 photos of:

  • Italy: Syracuse, Rhegium, Paestum, Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius, Herculaneum, Puteoli, Appian Way, Forum of Appius, Three Taverns
  • Malta: St. Paul’s Bay, Salina Bay, San Pawl Milqi, Rabat, Mdina, Hagar Qim, Mnajdra, Dingli Cliffs, Clapham Junction, Valletta, Tas Silg, St. Thomas Bay, and Munxar Reef.

Volume 15: Rome –more than 500 photos of:

The Forum, Colosseum, Arch of Titus, Palatine Hill, Pantheon, Mamertine Prison, Circus Maximus, Vatican, Tiber River, St. Paul’s Outside the Walls, and Ostia.

Volume 16: Trees, Plants, and Flowers – more than 1,500 photos of: Trees, Plants, and Flowers

Almond, carob, date palm, fig, olive, pomegranate, sycamore-fig, vine, wheat, barley, flax, garlic, sorghum, hyssop, caper, fennel, mallow, rosemary, citron, oak, cactus, myrtle, terebinth, acacia, cedar of Lebanon, papyrus, reeds, white broom, atad, holy milk thistle, thorny burnet, acanthus, anemone, cyclamen, black iris, crocus, lily, lupin, corn poppies, narcissus, sage, squill, tulip, and mandrake.

Volume 17: Cultural Images of the Holy Land – more than 1,000 photos of:

Grain harvest, grape harvest, olive harvest, plowing, shepherds, sheepshearing, watchtowers, wells, cisterns, pottery making, Samaritan Passover, Jewish holidays, Christian holidays, weddings, scribes, Bedouin tents, and fauna: birds, camels, cattle, leopards, jackals, wolfs, gazelle, oryx, addax, donkeys, horses, ibex, hyrax, snakes, scorpions, tortoises, lizards, sheep, and goats.

Volume 18: Signs of the Holy Land – more than 900 photos of:

Archaeology, biblical events, biblical people: tribes, judges, kings, prophets, apostles; biblical places: cities, mountains, temple, bodies of water, valleys; biblical verses, curious, danger, errors, hiking, historical interest, historical people, Jerusalem, modern Israel, nature, prohibitions, rabbis, religious, and shops.

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