Holman Bible Atlas: A Complete Guide to the Expansive Geography of Biblical History
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The Holman Bible Atlas illuminates the Bible for a whole new generation of students and teachers by introducing them to teh physical, cultural, and historical settings of the biblical narrative. Integrating insights from physical and historical geography, archeology, ancient historical sources, and the Bible itself, the Atlas presents 132 newly designed full-color maps complete with specific biblical texts to assist teachers and students alike in understanding.
Beginning with the physical geography of the ancient Near East and the Levant, the Atlas illuminates various periods of biblical history by outlining eras from the Patriarchs through the Christian era and Constantine.
By utilizing chart summaries, time lines, and more than 100 additional color photographs, the Atlas helps the reader visualize the setting of biblical events.
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Holman Reference
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 11.00 X 8.50 X 0.75 (inches)|
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The book is presented in two broad divisions: physical geography of the Ancient Near East and biblical history periods from the patriarchs to the Christian era until Constantine. The content is arranged in line with specific biblical texts so that teachers, pastors, and students will see the key events of the Bible and Christianity with exceptional clarity.
Theres also a wealth of written and visual information regarding various people groups (Aramaeans, Moabites, Phoenicians, etc.), great empires (Egypt, Babylonia, Rome, etc.), and the road systems, agricultural year, and economic life of ancient civilizations based on archaeological recoveries.
marsha5 Stars Out Of 5just what i neededAugust 5, 2016marshaQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0i was looking for an atlas with maps and explanations and i got exactly what i need now. i am sure there are other good ones out there but this one is easy to read and compare history to the maps and i love the 3 d topographical pictures.
Wayne S. WalkerSalem, ILAge: 55-65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5good referenceMarch 26, 2016Wayne S. WalkerSalem, ILAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Here are just a few notes garnered from my browsing through the book. The author apparently accepts the view that the history of the Bible should be taken back to the Paleolithic (Old Stone Age) period that supposedly goes beyond 18,000 B.C., apparently to fit it in with human devised dating schemes. Also, he expresses (pretty much as fact) the view that Sheshbazzar and Zerubbabel were two different people, calling Zarubbabel a nephew of Sheshbazzar, as opposed to the idea which we were always taught that these were just two different names, one Persian and the other Aramaic, for the same person. Of course, there always have been and ever will be differences of opinion among Bible scholars regarding many somewhat unclear details of Bible history. There is an index for reference, but, unfortunately, none of t he pages in the text are numbered. Personally, I happen to prefer the Bakers Bible Atlas (it has been updated), primarily because it is more what I am used to, but also because I think that it is a little more conservative. But the Holman Bible Atlas is still a good reference.
Annie5 Stars Out Of 5Holman Bible AtlasMarch 12, 2015AnnieQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I wanted a Bible atlas that has Bible history along with maps, charts and pictures. I got what I was looking for. For those of you looking for an atlas that is more than just maps and pictures, for those of you looking to read a brief history that describes what was happening during a particular period of time, then this book might be what you're looking for. I recommend it.
knoxxAshland, OHAge: 35-44Gender: male3 Stars Out Of 5Scholarly Misrepresentation?March 6, 2015knoxxAshland, OHAge: 35-44Gender: maleThe book looks alraight, but I never understand why these "scholars" continue to call Israel"Palestine" before it was ever called Palestine. The table of contents lists Palestine as the name of the land during the time of Jesus, although the Bible calls the land Israel, and the area was not called Palestine until later in history. Why do these alleged scholars not use the name the Bible does and which it was really called?
Jimmy ReaganWest Union, OHAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Great atlas!February 22, 2014Jimmy ReaganWest Union, OHAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Are you looking for a genuinely helpful Bible Atlas? Be sure to consider the Holman Bible Atlas byThomas Brisco and published by B & H Publishing as part of its Holman Reference titles. It has many strengths to make it one of the top two or three options out there. Its professed audience is "for the interested lay person and beginning level student of the Bible in colleges and seminaries." It has succeeded for that audience as well as for we pastors.
Its maps are prolific, visually appealing, and timely. You truly get maps where you most need them. 132 maps cover the Biblical text well and places and events are well labelled too. Variety shows up as a few have a 3D view as well. You might find a detail or two to squabble over (like omitting Perea's important presence in Christ's ministry), but overall you will find accuracy in this volume. In the primary characteristic of an atlas, this volume gets an "A".
The pictures materially add value to the text. The author's experience in archaeology shows in his often showing us ruins of famous sites. I particularly enjoyed those. Charts that really summarize and teach are used to good effect too.
One of the best features of this atlas is the text explaining the geography and how it impacted the Bible story discussed. For example, in the section on the time of David there is a fascinating description of Jerusalem, how it grew, and how its topography affected how it grew. Mr. Brisco, and the many others who contributed, show considerable learning and put it to good use. It actually makes for good reading.
There is little to criticize here. You can question the chronology here or there, or wonder why if there is such a dandy map for the Eighth Century Prophets, why aren't there other maps for the other prophets. Or you might wonder why there are no page numbers. Since the atlas is in chronological order, however, the loss is not great for Bible students.
This is a top-flight Bible Atlas. The most recent printing has a much improved cover too. You will not regret adding this volume to your study library.
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Q: Are there clear overlays of current geography with cities as well as political boundaries? Is there and index that you can query for "this is the archeological site I am seeing, what happened here?"
This book only contains maps keyed to Biblical times. There are no overlays or maps containing current day political boundaries. There is an index of people and places, and a separate map index, but they are based on the ancient historical names for the geographic locations. You can find out the history of a particular geographic location, you just have to know the ancient names for the area.
Q: No Page Numbers?? The one review of this atlas stated that the book had no page numbers. When I look inside the atlas at the Christianbook.com website I can definitely see page numbers. So, were the page numbers added after the reviewer posted the review? Was there an initial version that did not have page numbers?
This item does have page numbers on the top, middle of each page.