basicsofthebible.org is a resource website providing study guides, illustrations, commentaries and essays to help demystify the Bible through a visual learning style approach.
The resources here are specifically designed for people that have little or no prior background in the Bible but are interested in learning more about the Creator and Savior God described in the Bible. Please visit the Download page for a complete listing of free resources.
Other Open Source and Bible Visualization Sites
Some fantastic work by people making Bible study material and visualizations more readily accessible in our increasingly mobile and interconnected world, in no particular order (italics indicate quotes taken from the respective website):
- eBible.org: public domain version of the World English Bible and featured in basicsofthebible.org's visualizations of The Book of Job in Color and Psalm 119.
- Tanach.us: Creative Commons licensed version of the Leningrad Codex of the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) and featured in basicsofthebible.org's visualization of Psalm 119.
- Offene Bibel: An open source Bible project for the Deutsch (German) translation.
- Door43.org: open source project offering unrestricted discipleship resources, in every language, and on any mobile phone. Door43 has a great tagline: the future of the global church is open.
- Open Church: open source project that is a global church platform for all cultures. We help global Church leaders equip each other with ministry ideas and free downloadable resources.
- VizFaith: an open source software platform designed to enable development of web-based, portable visualization tools.
- Tim Challies visual theology: an excellent blog series that offers visualizations that explain Biblical and theological concepts; as an example see The Books of the Bible post. Tim featured basicsofthebible.org's Psalm 119 graphic on his March 27, 2012 A La Carte blog post.
- Visual Unit: a collection of biblical diagrams, illustrations and infographics.
- Visualizing the Bible project by Chris Harrison: a visualization researcher at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.
- Frameworks [the book] by Eric Larson: a fresh, innovative and ground-breaking Introduction to the New Testament that combines compelling stories, brilliant images and simple illustrations (maps, charts) to create context (conceptual frameworks) that guide you through the Bible.
- Source View Bible by David Joel Hamilton (YWAM at University of the Nations Kona): uses color coding to facilitate understanding of the Biblical text; similar to the approach that what was used in basicsofthebible.org's The Book of Job in Color.
- Soul Liberty by Robert Rouse: visualization tools and illustrations that puts Scripture in larger context geographically, chronologically, genealogically, and topically.
- OpenBible.info: a plethora of interactive Bible visualization tools and stunning Bible visualizations.
- Manga Bible by Next Manga: If you love Manga, you'll love the Manga Bible. Available in Japanese and English on iOS or in 21 languages in print.
- Saamvisual.com by Jason Ramasami: a gifted illustrator who creates cartoon-style explanations of Biblical teaching and concepts; for example see The Parable of the Good Social Network and The Parable of the Grazer and the Miner.
- Walk Thru The Bible: ignites a passion for God's Word through innovative live events, inspiring biblical resources, and a global impact that changes lives worldwide.
- The Mystery of History by Linda Lacour Hobar: A classical, chronological, complete Christian World history for all ages. A homeschooling resource that is a fantastic overview of history for adults and students alike (even if you aren't using it in a homeschooling setting).
- Genealogia Bíblica: An easy-to-use visualization tool for genealogies in the Bible (in Portuguese).