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Bible history in a beautiful package

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Beautiful and informative, Bible History Online is a rare find. It’s a learning tool, a library, a picture archive and a superdirectory, all at one address.

Apis, the sacred bull of Egypt, from Bible History Online.

Apis, the sacred bull of Egypt, from Bible History Online.

It would be impossible to cover everything on this site in a rew paragraphs, so here’s a quick rundown:

  • Tours of ancient civilizations — Egypt, Persia, Babylonia and others — including their beliefs, weapons, art, even coins.
  • Images of ancient deities, like Apis, the sacred bull of Egypt, and Dagon, the fish-god of the Philistines.
  • Charts and timelines, like one comparing Persian history with those of other cultures — starting in 4000 B.C.

There is so much here, you could get lost among the categories. Fortunately, each page has a site map, a search window and links to the homepage.

More frustrating is how often you have to click before you find actual content. Nearly everything of interest is three clicks down or farther. And when you look for a musical instrument from the Bible, like a lute, you don’t get to hear it. You just read a lot of Bible verses that mention a lute.

There are some nice downloads, though. Check out especially the map for first century Israel. You’ll get not only a detailed, 263k image, but other features — like mountains, rivers, and cities Jesus visited — are indexed from there as well.

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Written by Jim Davis

May 31, 2009 at 2:56 am

Posted in archaeology, bible

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