The fabulous BiblePlaces photo collection has a new addition most of us would not have expected to see. A 1,600 high-res photo volume on Persia is now available for purchase at the introductory price of just $25.
Ancient Persia is of course modern Iran, which brings political barriers for many Western travelers, particularly from the United States. Todd Bolen was able to visit earlier this year and describes his experience in the new BiblePlaces newsletter.
… The trip was everything I could have hoped for and more. I was able to visit every site on my itinerary, following in the footsteps of such figures as Cyrus, Darius, Xerxes, and Artaxerxes. I saw the famous Behistun Inscription, walked around one of the best preserved ziggurats, explored numerous museums, and marveled at the well-preserved tomb of King Cyrus. You can still see the ancient necropolis where Darius, Xerxes, and Artaxerxes carved their tombs into a cliffside, and the famous Persian gardens (from whence we get our word “paradise”) are as beautiful as they say. The people were friendly and the food was fantastic. The highlight for me was walking through the ancient palace where Esther approached Ahasuerus to beg him to stop the evil plot of Haman.
A lot of work goes into the BiblePlaces collection, but the photos would not be as valuable without the researched explanations that accompany them. It is one thing to see a place, but wholly different to understand its connections and meaning. The BiblePlaces collection accomplishes this on a higher and more affordable level than most things you will find. The Persia volume comes with 1,600+ high resolution photos in jpeg format. The photos also come organized into pre-made PowerPoint presentations with illuminating notes for each slide plus a bibliography.
I just purchased my Persia volume. If you are a teacher or serious student of the Bible, you should do the same. Ancient Persia, including Elam and Media, illuminates the books of Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther, and connects with Isaiah, Jeremiah, Haggai, and Zechariah. People from Parthia (Roman-era Persia) were present in Jerusalem for Peter’s sermon in Acts 2.
The other volumes appear to be on sale right now (Dec. 3rd, 2018) so consider purchasing your favorites, or even the complete set. These are not simply pictures. The BiblePlaces Photo Collection is a valuable resource for understanding biblical locations and events, and is fully worth your investment.