"Crossway ESV Bible Atlas" had some very nice features. The lovely, full-color photographs of the regions, city ruins, and archaeological artifacts were one of the strongest points of this atlas. I also loved the many full-color artist reconstructions of various buildings and places based on archaeological findings or the descriptions in the Bible (like the tabernacle and Jerusalem and the Temple during various time periods). There were also some 3D "viewpoint" maps, like what Abraham would have seen of the Jordan Valley when Sodom, Gomorrah, and the other two cities were destroyed.But the maps were mainly flat maps (no elevation given) that showed the cities, rivers, and known ancient international and intra-national roads with the biblical movements indicated over them. Overall, the maps effectively conveyed the information when combined with the text in the captions. As for the text, it was well-written and informative. The first section of the atlas gave an overview of the biblical world. The second section gave a summary of the biblical events using archaeological findings and extra-biblical sources to supplement the descriptions and to tell what was happening during the same period in the other lands mentioned in the Bible. The atlas had a sizable section describing the inter-testament period and also contained information on the period after Paul--the Jewish War and the Bar Kokhba Revolt. It ended at 135 AD.The third section of the atlas was a series of elevation maps (with cities, rivers, and roads indicated) for all the areas talked about in the Bible. The fourth section contained a timeline and map indexes.There's also a CD-ROM and a nice 16.5 x 22-inch map of Palestine. Using the CD-ROM, I couldnt get the ESV Atlas Search Center to work, but I could still view the digital maps. The digital maps were web resolution but fairly large. I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.
This is a wonderful Bible Study tool. After using it once, you will wonder how you did with out it! While the maps and photos are wonderful, this volume is more than just a book of maps. It is a reference tool that is full of not only geographical information, but historical and archaeological background as well. Used correctly, the ESV Bible Atlas will help you better understand the Bible by giving you a broader knowledge of the setting and culture in which the books were written. I highly recommend it to those who want to enhance their Bible knowledge.
WOW! My wife purchased this for me. Full of the beautiful drawings in the same manner as the ESV Study Bible. I've only thumbed through it, busy looking at all the pictures and drawings and reading all the captions; I have yet to start reading all the articles. This is a very nice addition to my resource books.