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70 FREE Aerial Views of Israel & Maps

Bill Schlegel, the author of the Satellite Bible Atlas, has made available to those who own his Atlas two wonderful teaching tools.

The first is a complete digital set of the maps that he produced for use in his Atlas.  One of the questions that I frequently receive is “where can I get maps that I can use in my PowerPoint presentations?”  Well, these certainly are useful for that purpose.

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View of Caesarea Maritima looking east. In the foreground, protruding out into the Mediterranean Sea is the Herodian Palace. Behind it to the right is the theater and behind it to the left is the Stadium/Hippodrome/Circus. Courtesy of Bill Schlegel, Satellite Bible Atlas.

Recently he has also made available 70 Aerial Photographs of sites of biblical significance.  They are also free to download (for owners of his Atlas).  They are of good resolution and will be useful for personal use and (again) in PowerPoint presentations.  Each image is 300-400 KB in size.  He took them in very clear weather using a drone.

Along with the 70  aerial photos is a pdf document with an entry for each of the images.  Each entry, after naming the image, provides a short synopsis of the biblical importance of the site.  Most of the images are of sites that most travelers to Israel will have visited, but there are also a few of  not–so–frequently visited places, such as: et–Tell, Maqatir, Dothan, Timnah,  Wadi Farah, and Tel Serah (Ziklag).

He has also produced numerous teaching/learning videos that I have previously noted.

William Schlegel’s Satellite Bible Atlas can be purchased here.

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Bible Geography Teaching/Learning Videos

Bill Schlegel has posted 7 videos (my rough count) on YouTube where he introduces  viewers to the regions of the Land of the Bible.  The videos are linked to his Satellite Bible Atlas.

When viewing the video I suggest that you click to view the
Full Screen version.

For example video “06” treats the Jezreel Valley and Lower Galilee.  For those of us who have studied under Professor Anson Rainey and Jim Monson at the Jerusalem University College – as Bill did – the content of the video is very familiar.

For those who are not familiar with the Land of the Bible and for those who have visited the lands the videos will be very useful.  His explanations are very clear and he makes great use of useful graphics, photos, and even short interviews with his students (which I found very entertaining)!

Congratulations Bill on providing a  great on-line teaching/learning tool!

BTW – the Satellite Bible Atlas is available from the Associates for Biblical Research.  His atlas is very strong on the historical events of the biblical period and has fine maps.  If you wish for more descriptive information on the regions of Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and Mesopotamia—along with significant commentary on historical events—I invite you to consult my Zondervan Atlas of the Bible as well.