Whether you teach the Bible in church, in school, in a kids’ club, or at home, I hope Lamp Bible Pictures are what you’re looking for.
Bold colours, simple lines, uncluttered backgrounds and basic viewpoints make the pictures clear and immediately understandable. They should be suitable for use on a video projector, TV screen, laptop or tablet, depending on the number of children you are teaching.
The style is simple and child-friendly – but not babyish or comical.
If you can use PowerPoint, you can use these. There are no fancy effects, therefore as far as I’m aware they should work on all versions.
Use them as they come, use selected slides, add text, or adapt them however you want.
If there is text on the slides it is editable – so you can use any translation of the Bible, your own words, or translate to another language. So far, there are users in about 30 countries.
It’s important that we teach the children what is actually in the Bible, not some made-up version. Each story is based on a careful reading of the Bible passage, and I’ve also done my best to make sure it fits with the rest of the Bible. If you do see a mistake, please let me know!
The stories in the Bible each happened in a real time and place. Clothes, furniture, housing, transport, weapons… these all had distinctive looks at different times throughout the thousands of years covered in the Bible. Yet so often Bible stories are illustrated as if they all happened in a vague ‘Bible time’ that has very little connection with real history at all.
I don’t think this makes sense, so I have spent many hours, over many years, researching the historical backgrounds of the stories – especially the clothes. As well as being more accurate, it also makes the pictures much more interesting.
Of course, there is a lot we don’t know about life in the past, particularly in Israel. So where I have no information I may look at furniture from a neighbouring country, or clothes from a slightly earlier or later period. It’s guesswork, but educated guesswork. And I’m always learning more.
If you’d like to see some of my research, you can go to the Lamp Bible Pictures Pinterest page (where you’ll also find craft and games ideas).
The parables, on the other hand, are made-up stories to teach timeless truths, not true stories set at a particular time. So wherever it’s possible, I’ve set them in modern(ish) times, or ‘once-upon-a-time’.