Another wonderfully made, helpful and encouraging resource from Rose Publishing. The Rose Then and Now Bible Map Atlas is a beautifully hardbound volume that belongs on the shelf of any Bible student today. This 272 page text book by PhD Phil H. Wright is packed with beautiful color photographs of the Middle East along with over 100 full color maps. There are eight (if I counted them all) plastic overlays that give the reader a great compare and contrast view of ancient cities and regions with modern day countries and capitols.
Dr. Wright uses the flow of the books of the Bible to shed insight on the lay of the land and it's importance during each epoch of Biblical history. Scholarly and robust articles on the patriarchs, Moses, David, Jesus, Paul and more, explore the details of each period of history and paint a sweeping visual survey of the Bible for the reader.
This is a great book and would make a wonderful gift to a high school graduate, heading off to Bible college. It would also make a great coffee table book for any Christian family.
I can highly recommend another great publication from the team at Rose Publishing. Get your Then and Now Bible Atlas today.
Rose Publishing provided me an advanced reader edition of this resource.
Ebook maps are so small they are illegable & cannot expand as can the rest of the print. I have a Samsung 10.1 Tablet. I have found that a number of ebook inserts in cbd's ereader are illegable so I am not sure if its the reader or publishers fault. If the maps are illegable there is no point buying the atlas. CBD kindly refunded purchase price.
Shortly after I became a Christian, my dad gave me a Bible atlas. I loved it. Understanding the geography of the Bible has helped my personal and professional Bible study ever since. So when I received my copy of the Rose Then and Now Bible Map Atlas (With Biblical Background and Culture) by Paul H. Wright (Rose Publishing, 2012), I couldn't wait to dive in.
In many ways Wright's atlas is like all others. It has the standard maps of the Holy Land depicting the travels and conquests from the Bible. It also has detailed Jerusalem city maps from the time of Christ, and the requisite charts detailing the reigns of the Herods, the Caesars, and the various governors of Judea.
But that's where the similarity ends. Wright's atlas has so much more than the standard atlases on the market. It includes overlays for many of the maps that show modern borders and cities. It also includes many present-day photographs, as well as illustrations and timelines. But the greatest feature is the running background and cultural commentary which makes it read more like an illustrated history book than a standard Bible atlas.
The information and commentary is organized according to the central figure of the period: from Abraham in Genesis to John, the author of Revelation. This makes Wright's atlas particularly helpful for students trying to put their Bible study in the proper context. A thorough index in the back assists in this as well.
Wright's atlas is not perfect, however. At times I found it a bit too thorough, as he includes many smaller details that are probably best reserved for a true history book. But even with this shortcoming, I can recommend it as being worth the investment. It is a good tool to have on the shelf.
The book is awesome with lots of pictures and text explaining heroes of the Bible. Some large full page maps have sturdy clear plastic overlays of modern day places. The bibliography is impressive and the Index is very detailed covering 7 pages.
My favorite is that you receive a very nice book as well as the book on PDF, 287 pages. The book is very large but the files can be opened on the iPad.
Thank you to Rose Publishing who gave me this book to review.
The Rose Then and Now Bible Map Atlas is a great (and very large) resource for Biblical culture and location study. It contains a large index for ease of use so people can access their desired topic more quickly. This book contains approximately two-hundred and seventy pages, with over 400 charts, maps and/or pictures (including a timeline) for very vivid detail regarding the topic that the reader may be researching. Plastic overlays show modern-day differences in the geography from that of ancient times. There are also large cultural studies that are based off of thirty characters , covering the Exodus, Jesus' life, Paul's Journeys, the Patriarchs, Isaiah's vision, and so much more. This is a great resource for researchers or for those who merely desire to quickly see an overview of a certain character, culture, or chorography. So many other topics are discussed also, such as cultural traditions, politics, and interesting facts about the land and regions. This is a five star book.