Oxford Bible Atlasby Adrian Curtis
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This new edition of the Oxford Bible Atlas, now with full-colour maps and illustrations, has been thoroughly revised to bring it up to date with regard both to biblical scholarship and to archaeology and topography. The Atlas will help readers of the Bible understand the contexts in which its stories are set and to appreciate the world from which it emerged and which formed its background. Maps show the geographical setting of the Bible's stories and reflect the successive stages of the Bible's accounts, while specially chosen full-colour illustrations bring the countries and their peoples to life. The accompanying text describes the land of Palestine, and its wider ancient Near Eastern and east Mediterranean settings. It outlines clearly the successive historical periods, and describes the major civilizations with which Israelites, Jews, and early Christians came into contact. There is also an illustrated survey of the relevance of archaeology for the study of the Bible. The Atlas provides a superb guide to the geography of the Holy Land throughout biblical history, from the Exodus period through to New Testament times.
Gr 10 Up-More text-heavy than a traditional atlas, this book presents the lands of the Bible in four sections: "The Setting" (including chapters on "Climate, Flora, and Fauna" and "Israel and the Nations"), "The Hebrew Bible," "The New Testament," and "Archaeology in Bible Lands." The main revisions since the 1984 edition are visual. Nearly all of the maps and illustrations are now in color. While the images greatly relieve the density of the text, many serve a largely decorative function. Portions of the text have also been revised, based on archaeological discoveries and to avoid religious-based terminology and place names, where possible. The narrative is engaging, clear, and carefully neutral, and biblical citations are provided. In addition, readers are reminded that although biblical events are presented in a geographic context, it cannot be assumed that they are historically accurate, and that on occasion different sections of the Bible give alternate versions of events. Along with a general index, there is a comprehensive geographic index and a chronology of rulers and events in Syria-Palestine, Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Asia Minor from approximately 43,000 B.C.E. to 330 C.E. Schools with courses on religious studies/ancient civilizations and/or the Bible will want this resource for their serious and senior students, and all libraries owning the third edition will want to replace it with this handsome new volume.-Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York CityCopyright 2007 Reed Business Information
"In Oxford Press's tradition, the atlas has superb mapsmany of them three-dimensional, annotated, and in full color, along with photos, illustrations, charts, and diagrams to help the reader set the biblical narrative angainst the backdrop of Middle Eastern history and geography." The Bible Today
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Adrian Curtis is Senior Lecturer in Hebrew Bible at the University of Manchester.
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