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.
Rose Then and Now Bible Map Atlas - A Review by Robert Bock
If you want a Bible Atlas that goes beyond putting places on a map, this book is for you. I have used Rose's Then and Now Bible Maps power point for some time now to show me where things are or were located. It is a great tool for that. Doctor Wright has produced a unique and magnificent atlas framed around the events and people of the bible. Each page contains pictures, maps, and discussions based around a central person or persons. It is well organized and easy to use, especially if you are studying a particular person or time during the bible. It adds depth to any study along with other resources such as commentaries and dictionaries.
In Chapter Seven, Naomi and Ruth - The Way It's Supposed to Be, several maps of the area shown in detail, but relates them to the story of Naomi and Ruth as told in the book of Ruth. It sites biblical references and the story is told in regard to the geographical and cultural settings of the time. This is not just a one page discussion, but covers four pages richly illustrated with photographs of the area as well as wonderful color maps.
I want to thank Rose Publishing for providing an advanced copy of this book for review. The copy was provided as a PDF file which is an exact digital image of the printed book. I will be adding this book to my reference library. It is indispensable.
You know the statement, "You got me at hello," well this book got me at the introduction. As Dr. Paul Wright says, "Everyone loves a good Bible story," and I say yes we do, especially along with pictures and maps. This is what The ROSE BIBLE MAP ATLAS with Biblical Background and Culture gives those want to delve deeper into the study of the Word of God. Dr. Wright gives vivid descriptions of the Biblical lands in his writing. He gives us phrases like "rugged terrain," "cold winter rain," and "scorching desert heat" when describing Judah. As you read the book it makes you feel like you are standing right there in the Holy Land at that very moment. Most of the time we read the Bible to receive spiritual insight to correct ourselves, but Dr. Wright encourages us to add to our seeking of the understanding of the Bible the geographical information The ROSE BIBLE MAP ATLAS gives us. We find out why the people lived the way they did. The author presents to you lively, colorful pictures to look at in order to see the land from the verses you are reading about. As you continue to read this great work, you will know about the weather of the part of the earth you are seeking information about. When most people travel they would like to know what the weather is like at the destination they are going. You may read about droughts and storms in Bible and you may want to know how much rain the Holy Land receives within an average year. The ROSE BIBLE MAP ATLAS with Biblical Background and Culture maps are spectacular. For a long time I personally have been trying to find biblical maps with the display of the hills and mountains of Israel. I finally found them in The ROSE BIBLE MAP ATLAS, and you will too. I have never seen maps with such detail as they are in this book. As you read about the traveling of Jesus across the land you will look at him differently. You will not only look at him spiritually, but also how physically fit his was. Jesus traveled many miles across the land of Israel, and you will see the hills he had to climb, the sea he had to cross, the distances he had to walk to get where he needed to go to spread the Holy Word of His Father. Never had I wanted a book open when I am studying the Bible as much as I do The ROSE BIBLE MAP ATLAS by Rose Publishing. This book will place you in the midst of the stories of the Bible in real time, back when the events were happening. Dr. Wright gives us the history of Herod and Pontius Pilate during the life of Jesus and after by mentioning historical facts. As I look at one of the maps of the Fertile Crescent, I see for the first time God placed His people Israel by plenty of water, fertile green land, and agriculture. Dr. Paul Wright summed it up best in his quote from page 10, "It is helpful to note that the location of a strategic position is frequently determined by its relationship to nearby areas of difficulty such as high mountain ranges, the open desert or the sea. Folks who came to possess special technologies and skills could manage to cross areas of difficulty, and through such risk reaped great economic or political reward. It is said in the word of God from 2 Timothy 2:15, "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." May God continue to bless you in your studies of His word. Amen.
*For this review Rose Publishing has provided me with an advanced reader copy.