Nelsons Complete Book of Bible Maps and Charts, Third Edition is a nice piece for a basic, Bible study library. It is intended to give you information about each book of the Bible by telling you about the author, date, theme(s), and structure of that book. The anonymous compilers of this work have done a good job of using maps, charts, and outlines to give the reader a better grasp of the Bible book he/she is studying. I reviewed it as a member of the Thomas Nelson blogging program, and received a complimentary copy of the book.Being an owner of an older edition, I was happy to see the new look of the Third Edition! From cover to cover, everything looks better! After doing a few book-to-book comparisons, I found that the content had not changed one bit. Its all about the packaging, and Thomas Nelson has done a great job with it. The addition of on-line access to selected charts is a nice bonus. It would be nice if ALL the charts, graphs, photos, and maps were available to owners of the book, but so would winning the lottery. Maybe thatll come with the fourth edition.Because the content is basic in nature, the seasoned student of Scripture will not find it especially helpful for discovering new data. He/she will find it more useful as a refresher. On the other hand, I think that the new student of Scripture will appreciate and enjoy the assistance offered in this colorful, easy-to-read resource for learning about the books of the Bible.
This book is a wonderful resource to have on hand wheather you need it to study for a Sunday school lesson or a personal Bible study. The charts were extremely good. I think there is a chart in there for just about everything, from the chronology of Israel and the Pentateuch, to the pagan gods of Egypt and the ten plagues, to the kings of Israel, up through the seven churches in the book of Revelation. The charts are very detailed, easy to read, and packed with information.The organization of this book is also at a premium. It divides the books of the Bible into their catagories (Historical, Poetic,...etc.) then into the individual books.Also included are breath-taking real-life photos of the Holy Land, and detailed maps.The best part is that every map and chart is reproducible.This book will have you preparing lessons like a seasoned veteran from the very start.
Thomas Nelsons Complete Book of Bible Maps and Charts, 3rd Edition, has a vast array of information for beginning Bible students. It explains authorship, date, history, and summary of the content in each book and a chapter/verse outline. There are small timelines of when the events happened, and maps and charts for each book. For maps, I was actually a little disappointed. They are full color, and reproducible, but most have text bubbles marking routes of travel (as in the Exodus or Joseph & Marys route to Egypt), or locations of events (as in the places each judge was born or the towns where Jesus preformed miracles). I found it a little cluttered. I was hoping to see more geographical & historical maps like you would find in an atlas. The charts included in this book range from comparisons of OT Kings to lists of Women in the Bible or Prophecies in the Old Testament that Jesus fulfilled. All in all, I think the book could be a good resource, but is a bit more wordy than I like. For a beginning Bible student or Sunday school class, it is easy to read and has lots of general information.
Nelsons Complete Book of Bible Maps and Charts, Third Edition is the first book of this kind I have reviewed. The maps and charts are well done, and this a very useful and worthy addition to any study library. My only criticism is that the inclusion of commentary that already exists in a decent study bible detracts from the maps, charts, and tabular information that make the book really shine.The maps and charts are available as free downloads on the Thomas Nelson site (www.thomasnelson.com/MapsAndCharts), another useful feature. Its chapters are divided into the books of the bible. The Table Of Contents makes the useful distinctions of dividing the Old Testament into the Pentateuch, Historical Books, Wisdom Literature, Prophetic Books, and adding the Intertestament Period. The New Testament is also usefully divided into The Four Gospels, The Epistles of Paul, The General Epistles, and Revelation. The book ends with indexes to information.The maps and charts are well researched and beautifully presented. In the New Testament maps are presented in the early chapters, with the majority of the chapters including only charts and timelinesthis seems appropriate, though I would have appreciated a small map at the beginning of each chapter as a reminder. The book of Revelation does have a complete and useful map. Regardless my personal preference for more maps throughout, all maps and charts should prove very useful to anyone who studies or teaches the bible outside a seminary classroom.Each chapter begins with commentary (which could easily and ought to be omitted its copied from the chapter outline of most every study bible). Then the book begins to really shine: its at a glance and when the events tables, and book outline begin every chapter, then additional maps and tables illustrate whats been outlined. This material is very thoughtfully presented and makes the book a really-good-to-have addition to a study library.
I really enjoyed going through this book. This will make an excellent study tool for those homeschoolers that do Charlotte Mason like Century Books that want to include the Bible in their study. You can sometimes see charts and time lines of contemporary information for that Book of the Bible (Such as who were the pharaohs, kings of Babylon and Judah during the life of Ezekiel), battle maps, illustrations etc. Each Book chapter would be a good read before starting your own Bible study on a book to help you read the Bible for all it's worth, giving you insight on its author, literary genre, date and pertinent information to understanding the context of the book. The closest book I have to it is Halley's Bible Handbook, however, Nelson's map and chart book is only introductory material (There is not specific comments on passage sections of the Bible books), yet better introductory material than what is found in Halley's. Another nice thing is they are ok with photocopying to share with your class or Bible study group. This will now be added to my Bible study routine when I start a new book.My only complaint is that the more general charts (such as Women of the Old Testament) is not in a separate misc. chapter, but embedded in the chapter of a particular Book of the Bible.I looked up "Women of the Old Testament" and couldn't find it, so I had to scan the index, the real title was "Old Testament Women." So that isn't the most user friendly, since you either have to remember the exact title of the misc. chart you want or what chapter the misc. chart is found in to relocate it.Also, I have seen study Bibles that have information like this embedded in the Bible itself. If you have one of those Bibles, you may want to browse through them both prior to purchasing, you may not be buying new information.I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers.I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.