Sunday, April 08, 2007

Review of the Pictorial Library

Bible Software Review has recently posted a helpful review of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands.  Rubén Gómez lives in the Mediterranean basin, but has not traveled to the biblical lands.

The saying goes that an image is worth a thousand words, and this is truer than ever in the case of The Pictorial Library of Bible Lands (PLBL). No review can make justice to the fine pictures and excellent presentation of this product. It is the next best thing to actually being there! I love it!

He put the Pictorial Library to the test in preparing a sermon.

Since the proof of the cake is in the eating, I used the slides on Capernaum (Figure 2), among others, to prepare a series of sermons on John 6. I can assure you that watching the shots from the Sea of Galilee and spending some time looking at the remains of the synagogue in Capernaum, built on the earlier basalt level where the original edifice once stood -- and where Jesus most likely delivered his bread of life discourse --, brought everything to life and certainly helped a lot in seeing the whole picture of the episodes found in that chapter. It certainly enriched me in no small degree.

The review includes several helpful screenshots that illustrate several of the methods to access the photographs and notes.  Ruben's kind words are greatly appreciated, as is his faithful work in reviewing various Bible software products.  His site is a beneficial resource to all!

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7 Comments:

  • Any chance of seeing this resource in the form of an Accordance module?

    By Blogger Danny Zacharias, at Sun Apr 08, 11:43:00 AM  

  • Danny - probably not. Accordance apparently hasn't had enough interest expressed to justify pursuing it. The PLBL does work with PowerPoint (PC and Mac).

    By Blogger Todd Bolen, at Mon Apr 09, 08:17:00 AM  

  • OK, so if he likes the collection so much, why only a rating of 5.6 out of 10?

    By Blogger PCUSA Turkey Trip 2007, at Mon Apr 09, 03:22:00 PM  

  • Sorry, wrong account on the previous post. I have so many dang accounts and e-mail addresses these day I can't keep them all straight.

    By Blogger Al Sandalow, at Mon Apr 09, 03:26:00 PM  

  • PCUSA/Al - Ruben addresses this in his blog. He says:

    You may notice that the overall rating is rather low, despite the fact that I think very highly of Tod Bolen’s pictures. The reason is that the rating is automatically calculated and based on the features present in most Bible software products. Since this is not a Bible program as such, and there are a few N/A (not applicable) categories, the average rating achieved is a bit poor. But don't let you this fool you. I am very impressed with PLBL and I can warmly recommend it!

    By Blogger Todd Bolen, at Tue Apr 10, 04:11:00 AM  

  • hmmm. I'm gonna poll the Accordance forum on that. There has been interest expressed there as far as i remember.

    By Blogger Danny Zacharias, at Tue Apr 10, 11:34:00 AM  

  • This is an amazing resource!!!!

    By Blogger Copperscrl, at Wed Apr 11, 05:10:00 PM  

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