Review of Historic Views of the Holy Land – the 1900s

Published: January 9th, 2010

One of the highlights of 2009 was my trip to Israel. It was such a great experience that I sure hope I can go back soon. Meanwhile, I keep looking at the many pictures I took. I can’t tell you how excited I am when I review those places and reread my personal travel journal.

I have always enjoyed photos, and since I had recently come back from Israel I thought it would be a good idea to review The American Colony and Eric Matson Collection. This 2-DVD set, containing more than 4,000 carefully chosen pictures of biblical lands from the 1900s, is available from Life in the Holy Land and was produced by Todd Bolen, who runs It really is a superb arsenal of teaching aids that should come in handy to anyone studying or teaching the Bible.

I have come to appreciate Todd’s contributions in this area, and can say that his work is of a consistently high standard. Do check out Todd’s excellent posts on this blog, many of which have recently dealt with different aspects of The American Colony and Eric Matson Collection.

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  1. 1. Chuck Jones
    January 10th, 2010 at 1:15 am

    “The G. Eric and Edith Matson Negatives are a rich source of historical images of the Middle East—notably Palestine, present day Israel, and the West Bank—from 1898 to 1946. The collection contains 20,000 glass and film photographic negatives, created by the American Colony Photo Department and its successor firm, the Matson Photo Service.

    The portion of the collection available online includes more than 13,700 glass and film negatives. The remainder of the collection, which consists primarily of film negatives generally from a later period, will become available over the next several years.”

  2. 2. A.D. Riddle
    January 30th, 2010 at 1:07 am

    The Matson collection is available for free online. Bolen, however, has done a lot of work to make the collection even better. It is worth the price to go with Bolen’s edition. He details some of the work he did in this BiblePlaces e-newsletter

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