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The Bible Knowledge Accelerator programs are designed to be informational tools and are free to the public.

Wecome to the "About The Bible Knowledge Accelerator section. My desire is that we would come into a greater understanding of God's Word through the study of ancient cultures and events. I've tried to make these programs simple, somewhat informative, and honest. But what really matters is what they do for you. Please sign the guestbook or drop me an email and let me know what you think.

Learn about the Ancient World
Manners and Customs

This Bronze helmut which is now at the National War Historical Museum in Sofia, Bulgaria was found in a tomb buried along with its owner around 500 BC in Thrace, north of the Hellespont. The narrow eye sockets and overlapping nose guards were trademarks of Corinthian style armor found throughout the Agaean world. It was usually adorned with a crest of dyed horsehair. The helmut made it hard to hear and hard to see on either side but it protected the head. The rising power of the Persians with Darius and Xerxes provoked  mass production in metal working shops near the sanctuary of Hephaistos, the patron god of smiths. The short sword and the lance were the soldiers principal weapons during this time period.
Ancient Places
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Ancient Peoples
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Ancient Battles
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Ancient Gods
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and More.


 Note: There are many more programs that are being upgraded to Windows and will be available soon. Please be patient and pray that the Lord frees up my very busy schedule.

About the Bible Knowledge Accelerator

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"I marvel that whereas the ambitious dreams of myself, Caesar, and Alexander should have vanished into thin air, a Judean peasant - Jesus should be able to stretch his hands acrossthe centuries and control the destinies of men and nations."

Napoleon I Bonaparte (1809)

The purpose of the BKA programs are to bring Biblical and historical information to Bible students in a quick and easy to learn style using the Windows Help Format (.hlp). Each program is filled with valuable information, pop-up definitions, charts, maps, and graphical illustrations, and can easily be stored and read off one 3 in. HD disk. The graphics are mostly 16-color but the newer upgrades can be viewed with 256-color optimization if you are using Windows 95/98. 16-color graphics are typically used to conserve space.

Archaelogical Photos, Beautiful Artwork, Comprehensive Text, Graphical Illustrations, Maps, and More.

Certain Bible Knowledge Accelerator information programs will be uploaded around the internet periodically. Most of the programs listed in this section are being upgraded to Windows but you can access the available ones by checking with the Bible Knowledge Accelerator homepage periodically or through email. At some point I am going to register so make a note if you can't find this site.


Please feel free to distribute to friends, ftp sites, and other online services.  

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BKA Downloads
List of BKA programs

About BKA Programs
Find out about more about BKA and see a list of programs.

Bible & History Art
Images and Art with Slides and Transparencies to use in your Bible studies.

Looking Backwards
Unique devotionals about the Bible and History.

Resource Directory
Lots of great links to sites about
the ancient world..

Search Engines
Some excellent search engine tools.

Study Tools
Some study tools to assist you with your online Bible studies.

Message Board
Leave a message with questions or comments.

New Maps
16 highly detailed maps on the Provinces of the Roman Empire..

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Understanding Judaism is essential to understanding the unique teaching in the Bible. That is why there is a special emphasis in all the BKA programs to their culture, history, and writings.

There have been many Archaelogical discoveries made in recent years that coincide exactly with what the Bible says. Piece by piece the Bible is being confirmed as a Book of history. Even the events that seemed most like a myth are being shown to have been factual.


new BKA Programs for Purchase - 4.95 each

The present list (1/99) of programs that will be available are as follows:

BKA1 The Incredible Bible (Available)

As with anything in God's creation the deeper you search, the more beauty and perfection you find. Such is the Bible. This book focuses on a closer understanding of the wonder Book, its uniqueness in comparison to other sacred religious texts, canonicity, various names and divisions, ancient writing instruments, materials, and manuscripts, inspiration, and a brief history of pre-reformation translators, English translations, and some notes on modern Bible translations.

BKA2 The Story of the Bible Pt. 1 - The Old Testament (Available)

This is a very simple overview of the history of the Old Testament. It follows the major people and events of the Old Testament in chronological order.

BKA3 The Story of the Bible Pt. 2 - The Life of Jesus Christ (Being Upgraded)

This is a very simple overview of the history of the life of Christ. It follows His ministry and the events surrounding His life in chronological order.

BKA4 The Story of the Bible Pt. 3 - The New Testament (Being Upgraded)

This is a very simple overview of the history of the New Testament beginning with the resurrection of Christ through to the ministry of Paul in Rome. It follows the major people and events of the New Testament in chronological order.

BKA5 A Harmony of The Life of Jesus Christ (Available)

This information program takes us through the life of Christ in harmony with all four of the gospel accounts. The emphasis is on, "Y'Shua ha Mashiach" - Jesus, the Messiah. Understanding His teachings from a Hebraic backdrop, and examining His life and character in a way that gives insight into the incomprehensible love of a Man among men, One who befriended the most wretched, and felt with the deepest of emotions the beauties and agonies of the human experience. Unique insights into the history of that time period.

BKA6 The Historical Jesus (Being Upgraded)

What does history say about Jesus Christ? How does history authenticate the gospel accounts of His life and ministry? This information program emphasizes extra-Biblical history and gains insight from ancient chroniclers such as Josephus, Pliny, Tacitus and others.

BKA7 The Greeks (Being Upgraded)

A history of the Greek world from a Christian perspective. Grecian history, language, influence, culture, great men, literature, religion, etc. A look at a culture that changed the whole world.
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These programs come with many illustrations like this one.

BKA8 The Romans (Being Upgraded)

A history of the Roman world from a Christian perspective. Roman history, architecture, language, power & military, culture, great men, literature, religion, etc. An empire that changed the whole world. Also Rome's influence on Christianity throughout the church age through Roman Catholicism.

BKA9 Jerusalem at the Time of Christ (Being Upgraded)

A look at Jerusalem, the city of the great king, in the first century A.D., with all its incredible architecture. Herod's Temple, his Palace, the Fortress of Antonia, the Hasmonean Palace, the Hippodrome, various roads, valleys, pools, hills, and mountains. Including the Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, and Calvary (Golgotha). Religion at the Time of Christ Focusing on the backround and peculiar lifestyles and beliefs of the various religious sects in the land of Israel whom Jesus encountered and understood when He was here. Pharisee's, Sadducee's, Scribes, Essenes, Zealot's, Priest's, Levites, the Sanhedrin, the High Priest, etc.

BKA10 Religion at the Time of Christ (Being Upgraded)

Focusing on the backround and peculiar lifestyles and beliefs of the various religious sects in the land of Israel whom Jesus encountered and understood when He was here. Pharisee's, Sadducee's, Scribes, Essenes, Zealot's, Priest's, Levites, the Sanhedrin, the High Priest, etc.

BKA11 Sociology at the Time of Christ (Being Upgraded)

Community living in Israel 1st century A.D. Clothing, work, social life, economics, travel, sabbath, synagogue, children, marriage, homes, calendar and time, temple, festivals, etc.

BKA12 The Crucifixion (Being Upgraded)

The origins and details of crucifixion and Roman justice, as well as what really happened when Jesus was on the cross. Interesting studies on the history of crucifixion.

BKA13 The Destruction of the Temple in 70 A.D (Being Upgraded)

What really happened in 70 A.D? Who was Titus? How many came against Jerusalem? What took place at Masada? The slaughters of the Jews and destruction of the great Temple.

BKA14 The Tabernacle (Freeware) (Available)

A detailed look at the ancient Tabernacle of Israel, its furnishings, details, and spiritual significance. The Ark of the Covenant, golden 7-branched Menorah, bronze Altar, the Veil, and Holy of Holies, etc. This is a rich and edifying study for the serious Bible student.

BKA15 The 7 Jewish Feasts and their Significance (Being Upgraded)

The ancient yearly feasts and festivals of the Jews and their modern observances. Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Pentecost, Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles. Details of each including Yom Kippur and the scapegoat. Each of the feasts have a unique fulfillment in God's calendar of events.

BKA16 The Five Levitical Offerings (Being Upgraded)

An object lesson which God ordained that would make your skin crawl. Why an innocent offering? What is sin? A detailed look at the five offerings that the common people of Israel brought to the priests. How were they uniquely fulfilled in Jesus, the final sacrifice? The Burnt Offering, the Meal Offering, the Sin Offering, the Trespass Offering, and the Peace Offering. How did they differ?

BKA17 The Special Garments of the High Priest (Being Upgraded)

A unique perspective on the priestly garments. This clothing was designed by God and they were only permitted to be worn by the priests who served. What was the purpose of the jewels on the breastplate of the high priest? the mitre? or the curious girdle? These subjects are pregnant with messianic significance. If you haven't researched this subject, it will amaze you.

BKA18 Solomon's Temple (Being Upgraded)

The construction, history, and significance of the Temple of Solomon, how it differed from the Tabernacle, and who officiated in its compounds. It also features Solomon's Empire, his remarkable prosperity, king Solomon's mines, his horses and stables, his army, the gold of Ophir, domestic economy, foreign policy, the queen of Sheba, and his 700 wives.

BKA19 Prophets and Prophecy (Being Upgraded)

This exhaustive information program examines the peculiar lives, ministries, and messages of the prophets (mouthpieces) of God. Men who spoke out in the midst of apostasy in Israel, and also in foreign nations like Babylon and Assyria. They spoke of the judgments to come, as well as the glories of the coming of the Messiah, and His glorious kingdom. Men like Isaiah , Jeremiah , Daniel , Ezekiel , also Elijah and Elisha who were identified with some of the greatest of the Bible's miracles.

BKA20 Messianic Prophecy (Being Upgraded)

The focus is on the Christology of the entire Old Testament. It traces verbal prophecies and non-verbal types and figures book by book with their preliminary and secondary fulfillments. This rich study is extremely insightful and faith-building to any person desiring to learn more about Jesus Christ and the great treasures found in the Holy Scriptures.

BKA21 Old Testament History (Being Upgraded)

Follows the entire Old Testament in chronological order with emphasis on history. There is much discussion on archaeology and ancient cultures. It clearly gives the student of the Bible a fresh insight into the Biblical story.

BKA22 New Testament History (Being Upgraded)

Follows the entire New Testament in chronological order with emphasis on history. There is also much discussion on archaeology and ancient mediterranean cultures. The seven wonders of the ancient world, Greece, Rome, Jerusalem, Paul's journeys, and much more.

BKA23 Between the Testaments (Being Upgraded)

There were approximately 400 years from the close of the Old Testament to the Beginning of the New Testament. Though the Bible was silent history reveals so very much that happened. This book examines that time period with Persia, Greece, Rome, the Ptolemies & Seleucids and their violently bitter hatred toward the Jews which led to the Maccabean revolt , one of the most heroic feats in history, the origin of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. It covers men like Alexander the Great, Antiochus Epiphanes, the Maccabeans, and the rise of the Roman Empire with Caius Julius Caesar, Marc Antony, Cleopatra and others.

BKA24 Bible Survey (Being Upgraded)

A general overview of every book in the Bible. It outlines each book and focuses on its themes, high points, theology, supposed contradictions, and messianic significance.

BKA25 Basics of Christianity (Being Upgraded)

This is a new believers handbook of the basics of Christianity. It gives a theological and yet practical understanding of subjects such as : Salvation, Repentance, Faith, Prayer, Praise and Worship, Baptism, Communion, Church, Spiritual Growth, Temptation and Sin. What is Born Again? Etc. The emphasis throughout is on the love of God and our love for one another.

BKA26 The Attributes of God (Being Upgraded)

Who is God? What is God? This book discusses subjects such as God's eternal nature, His Immensity, Omnipotence, Omnipresence, Omniscience, Immutability, Love, Grace, Mercy, Justice,Wrath, Holiness, Sovereignty, etc.. Filled throughout with powerful, thought provoking Scriptures.

BKA27 The Trinity (Being Upgraded)

What is the Trinity? Isn't He one God? This book searches the historical doctrine of the Trinity. Was Tertullian (2nd Cent. A. D.) the first to teach the Trinity? What about Augustine? And the Council of Nicaea? What kind of heresies crept into the church throughout the ages? Is there a proper definition of the Trinity?

BKA28 The Hebrew Names of God (Being Upgraded)

The Old Testament Names of God revealed much more than just a name. They were revelations of who He is. This fascinating study examines 21 of these wonderful names and titles and the history behind them. El Elyon, El Shaddai, El Olam, Adonai, etc. What about Jehovah? Or is it Yahweh? And what's the Tetragrammaton? Why are there extensions to the name Jehovah like Nissi, Tsidk'nu, Jireh, M'kaddesh, and Shammah, etc? Is Elohim a name of God?

BKA29 The Names of Jesus (Being Upgraded)

Wonderful overview of the glorious names and titles of Jesus revealed throughout the Bible. The Bright and Morning Star, The Lamb of God, The Rose of Sharon, The Good Shepherd, The Door, The Branch, Immanuel, Son of God, Son of Man, The Lion of the Tribe of Judah, The Rock of offence, etc. Over 40 names are studied.

BKA30 Great Men of the Bible (Being Upgraded)

A general sketch of 15 men of faith who, despite weaknesses and failures, were courageous in their pursuit of God and His will. They are the heroes of faith in Hebrews 11. This information program is devotional and meant to encourage the man of God. Lots of illustrations and practical material.

BKA31 The Rapture (Being Upgraded)

An in-depth look at the various views concerning the "catching away" of the church. When was it first taught? Is it vital that I have the right point of view? Can Jesus come at any moment?

BKA32 The Great Tribulation (Being Upgraded)

A look at the various judgments to come upon the earth spoken about by Jesus and the prophets. The Day of the Lord, The Battle of Armageddon, The Seal, Trumpet, and Bowl judgments are interpreted in light of the rest of the Bible. Also the two witnesses and the 144,000, and the 70th week of Daniel.

BKA33 The Antichrist and 666 (Being Upgraded)

What is the Abomination of Desolation? Who is the Antichrist? What is the mark of the beast? These questions and others are discussed in this book. Lengthy descriptions are given concerning the Antichrist who is to come spoken about in the Old and New Testaments. With all the events surrounding us in these "last days," we need to gain a clear perspective on what the Bible says specifically on each of these subjects.

BKA34 The Second Coming of Jesus Christ (Being Upgraded)

Examines the events concerning the Return of Jesus Christ to the earth and the setting up of the kingdom (Millennium). The kingdom of the Messiah is promised throughout the Scriptures. It will be a time of peace, love, and prosperity, and Jesus Christ will literally be here ruling in Jerusalem. Explicit Scriptural details concerning the Millennium.

BKA35 Heaven (Being Upgraded)

What does the Bible say about heaven? Is it going to be here on earth? This information program discusses the reality of heaven according to the Scriptures, and gives a detailed exposition of the New Jerusalem.

BKA36 Hell (Being Upgraded)

The Bible mentions alot about hell. This information program focuses on subjects like: The Great White Throne Judgement, Hell, Hades, Sheol, Gehenna, Satan, etc.

BKA37 The Hebrew Language (Available)

A brief history of the Hebrew language and a simple learning tool that quickly teaches you how to read and write Biblical and modern Hebrew. Learn about the vowel signs, the 22 consonants, pronunciation, Gematria (numbers), familiar Hebrew names, etc.

BKA38 The Greek Language (Available)

A brief history of the Greek language and a simple learning tool that quickly teaches you the basics about reading and writing Biblical Greek. The purpose of this information program is not for mastering the Greek language. Hopefully after this short introduction you will: 1) Feel confident using Greek tools such as lexicons, Greek commentaries, and interlinears . 2) No longer feel left in the dark when a pastor says things like, "In the Greek, this passage means such and such." 3) Have the desire to go on master the Greek language. Learn about Pronunciation, Vowels, Diphthongs, Consonants, Breathing Marks, Accent Marks, Punctuation, etc.

BKAHLP How to Make Your Own Windows Help Program (Available)

If you have a desire to write your own information program like this one in the Windows Help Format, it's very simple if you know what you need. This program will help you learn exactly what you need to know quickly and easily. Where to find the best commercial programs and shareware, what you should and shouldn't do, where to get info about creating with VB4 and Win 95. You'll be amazed at just how easy it is.

BKAWEB How to Make Your Own Home Page

How to create Home Pages. Working with Graphics. What are the best commercial and shareware programs? Where is the best place to go to find a Web Site? How to get discovered fast on the World Wide Web.

I am trying to make all of  The Bible Knowledge Accelerator files available for download on my home page so that you can download each of them as soon as they are available and so that you don't have to wait for the regular mail to come to you. This would be best for me so that I can keep busy with this ministry as well as working my regular job. If you need anything please email me and I apologise if I have not been able to correspond as easily through normal mail.

If you intend to help support this ministry please consider sending a $10.00 contribution for each program (Check back periodically for availability). If you cannot afford this please feel free to have them at no charge because they are freeware. You are welcome to give them away or upload them to online sites. Here is my address if you intend to write:

Personal Address:

Rusty Russell
28362 Laura La Plante Drive
Agoura Hills, CA 91301

If you would like you can send a message through email to Rusty Russell

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