The front matter of Robert H. Gundry’s A Survey of the New Testament (4th ed.; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2003) lists Todd Bolen’s Pictorial Library of Bible Lands in his “permissions and credits.”
From the back cover:
About the Collection:
The revised and expanded edition of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands includes more than 17,000 photographs from 9 countries, carefully selected for use in studies of the biblical and ancient Mediterranean world. All images are high-resolution (1600 x 1200 or higher) jpeg files, appropriate for projecting in a classroom, viewing on a computer, or personal printing. The sites and photographs are illuminated by extensive annotations included in pre-made PowerPoint files organized by region and site.
About the Photographer:
Todd Bolen is Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at The Master’s College. For the last two decades he has traveled throughout the Middle East, and for more than ten years he lived and taught at the college’s Israel campus near Jerusalem. Many photographs are also included from the collections of A. D. Riddle, Gloria Suess, Barry Beitzel, and dozens of other friends and colleagues.
Here are the 18 volumes:
- Galilee and the North (over 1,100 photos)
- Samaria and the Center (over 1,200 photos)
- Jerusalem (over 1,500 photos)
- Judah and the Dead Sea (over 1,500 photos)
- Negev and the Wilderness (over 700 photos)
- Jordan (over 850 photos)
- Egypt (over 1,000 photos)
- Lebanon (over 700 photos)
- Eastern and Central Turkey (over 1,300 photos)
- Western Turkey (over 900 photos)
- Greece (over 800 photos)
- The Greek Islands (over 450 photos)
- Cyprus and Crete (over 700 photos)
- Italy and Malta (over 550 photos)
- Rome (over 500 photos)
- Trees, Plants, and Flowers (over 1,500 photos)
- Cultural Images of the Holy Land (over 1,000 photos)
- Signs of the Holy Land (over 900 photos)
It’s distinct in four ways:
- It includes more than the standard tourist sites.
- It is a library.
- It is created by a photographer living in Israel.
- It is created by a teacher living in Israel for more than a decade.
It’s impressive. And over thirty reviewers agree.