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Imagine jumping into a time machine that could transport you to the biblical lands before all of the modernization of recent years.  How did people look?  What were their customs?  What were the biblical sites like?  That's what this website is all about.  Follow the links on the sidebar for your trip back in time.

 

Featured: The Threshing Floor


Threshing Wheat

The mowraj is a threshing machine which is drawn over a floor by a yoke of oxen till the grain is separated from the straw... (more)

Drawing from 1880s  

Historic Views of the Holy Land

The American Colony and Eric Matson Collection Volumes 1-8

Features 4,000 high-resolution photographs taken by resident photographers in the Holy Land from 1898 to the 1940s (details here...)

Price: $189 $99, with free shipping in the U.S.

 

 

 
American Colony 1: Northern Palestine American Colony 2: Jerusalem American Colony 3: Southern Palestine American Colony 4: Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan
       
American Colony 5: Egypt and Sinai American Colony 6: Traditional Life and Customs American Colony 7: Early 20th-Century History

American Colony 8: People of Palestine

       
Survey of Western Palestine: The Maps (1870s) Earthly Footsteps of the Man of Galilee (1890s)

Photographs of Charles Lee Feinberg (1960s)

Views That Have Vanished:
The Photographs of David Bivin (1960s)
Picturesque Palestine - 4 volumes
Volume I: Jerusalem, Judah and Ephraim Volume II: Samaria, Galilee, and Syria Volume III: Phoenicia, Philistia, and the South Volume IV: Sinai and Egypt

 

The Collection

The Historic Views of the Holy Land series is an extensive collection of thousands of photographs, drawings, and maps of the biblical lands from the 19th and 20th centuries. 

The collection, upon which this website is based, features

  • the most detailed and accurate maps of Palestine made before the birth of the state of Israel

  • pictures from award-winning photographers who traveled through Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, and Greece in the 19th century

  • photographs and drawings which illustrate biblical scenes, including Psalm 23, the Good Samaritan, and the Woman at the Well.

Click one of the CDs above to see the contents of that CD including a list of all the photos. 

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Reviews

People, I think, still picture Jerusalem as they think it was in the first century. They ask me, "What was it like to 'see' the places that so much Biblical history happened?" Picturesque Palestine enables me to not only tell of the difference but also illustrate what I mean when I say, "It's not the same as it used to be."  (Kyle Patterson, Tacoma, WA)

The SWP Maps are terrific: view options, superior linking, high quality, a tremendous amount of work.  What a joy to have access to this wealth of information without 1) having access to the sheets; 2) sorting through the sheets, 3) bending over the sheets, etc.  I cannot express enough what a contribution you have made."  (Steven Lancaster, Biblical Backgrounds)

I would definitely recommend this set to anyone who is interested in the Land of the Bible."  (D. J. Kaufman, Somerset, CA)

 

Site last updated: February 02, 2014