Need help deciding what to do? Visit the Journey for videos and ideas to help you narrow down your choices. is a source for high-quality photos of the Bible lands. was founded by Dr. Todd Bolen in 2001 to provide high-quality photographic resources for the study and teaching of the Biblical world. Dr. Bolen lived and taught at the Israel Bible Extension near Jerusalem for many years, and he currently serves as Professor of Biblical Studies at the home campus of The Master’s University in California. More than 40 other photographers have contributed to the collections.

This May Be a Good Tool For Your Community If: is a good source if images are needed for the Bible or other Bible-based teaching materials. The images may also be helpful to Bible translators who are not familiar with Bible areas, history, and culture.


How This Works sells 3 collections of photos:

  • The Pictorial Library of Bible Lands is a 19-volume collection of high-resolution photographs of important biblical and historical sites in Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, Greece, and other countries. The collection includes more than 19,000 high-resolution photographs, all carefully identified and prepared for easy use.
  • The Photo Companion to the Bible is a unique collection of digital photographs that illustrates the biblical text verse by verse.
  • Historic Views of the Holy Land – a collection of older photographs and illustrations of the Holy Land. A few free images are available on the web site but access to most of the images requires a payment.

Finer Details

Collections of photos, PowerPoint presentations, and annotations are available for digital downloads. In addition to the digital download, the purchase of a collection also includes a DVD containing the purchased images.

The photos are high-resolution and suitable for publishing.

The images are copyrighted but permissions are granted with the DVD purchase for personal, educational, and church use. Separate permissions are needed for use of the images in books, magazines, commercial products, re-distributed images, DVDs, and non-personal use image databases.

What challenges or difficulties are there using this resource?

  • A computer is required to view the images.
  • The text of the annotations is only in English.
  • Separate permissions must be requested for some forms of usage.

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Distribution Methods

Distribution can be accomplished through a personal computer or cell phone. Once the product is in video form it can be distributed digitally using a variety of methods common to computer and cell phone data distribution.