Apr 19, 2018 Richard Mansfield

A Closer Look at Historic Views of the Holy Land

Founded in 1881 by Horatio Spafford (author of the famous hymn, "It Is Well with My Soul"), the American Colony in Jerusalem operated a thriving photographic enterprise for almost four decades. Their images document the land and its people, with a special emphasis on biblical and archaeological sites, inspirational scenes, and historic events. One of the photographers, G. Eric Matson, inherited the archive, adding to it his own later work through the "Matson Photo Service."

The value of this collection is found in the portrayal of life and landscapes from a previous age—before electric lines and modernization—depicting life as it had essentially existed since the time of the events described in the Bible.

Know also that Historic Views in Accordance is more than just photos. Detailed descriptions and commentary surround the photographs, and Accordance users can perform specific search for section titles, photo captions, Scripture references and more.

The video above contains a few photographic highlights of the Historic Views Collection available for Accordance Bible Software.

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