Tired of needing days and weeks to teach the history of God's chosen people? Of course you are. Unfortunately, you'll probably need to keep doing that, but here is an extremely helpful aid when doing that. It is an animated map detailing the changing rulers and empires in the Middle East. Highly Recommended for Old Testament and New Testament courses. The one drawback is the depiction of successive waves of only the new empires, rather then maintaining the old empires and updating their fortunes. This in particular is noticeable when the Byzantine Empire simply disappears at 750 AD prior to the expansion of the Caliphate, but is a flaw throughout.
PS-Apologies that it runs over on the side. A totally clean version of the movie is of course available at: http://mapsofwar.com/ind/imperial-history.html