The Biblical World: An Illustrated Atlas

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Casting the tumultuous history of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam against the rich canvas of the Near East, The Biblical World reveals how three great religions emerged from the same cradle. Author Jean-Pierre Isbouts employs a non-denominational perspective and a wide range of sources—from ancient hieroglyphic texts to the latest scientific findings—to place Bible stories in the framework of history. Chronologically arranged chapters detail battles, conquests, tribal migrations, natural calamities, and more, ...
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Overview

Casting the tumultuous history of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam against the rich canvas of the Near East, The Biblical World reveals how three great religions emerged from the same cradle. Author Jean-Pierre Isbouts employs a non-denominational perspective and a wide range of sources—from ancient hieroglyphic texts to the latest scientific findings—to place Bible stories in the framework of history. Chronologically arranged chapters detail battles, conquests, tribal migrations, natural calamities, and more, supporting the stories with intriguing archaeological evidence. To locate sites and events, National Geographic cartographers have created fifty all-new maps of stunning quality. Hundreds of photographs and artifacts add visual excitement. Quick-read timelines link events across cultures while illustrated sidebars focus on what life was like during each era: family roles, farming, trade, dress, childbirth, burial customs, and other aspects of daily existence.

The story traces the evolution of Judaism from Abraham to the Unified Kingdom of Israel... chronicles the emergence of Christianity in the context of Greco-Roman civilization... and identifies the unique circumstances that prepared for the rise of Islam. The multi-dimensional approach weighs similarities and differences among the three faiths and follows developments in nearby lands. With a foreword from bestselling author Bruce Chilton and text reviewed by distinguished advisers, The Biblical World offers a carefully researched, balanced view of history and religious tradition. For its scope, beauty, and relevance in today's world, this unparalleled atlas is destined to become a classic.

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This ambitious and carefully researched undertaking has a simple aim: to give readers a chronicle of "the people, places, and events that shaped the biblical world." Proceeding in ten chapters from "The World Before Abraham" to early Christianity and the spread of Islam, it further hopes to show how the religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam emerged from the same Holy Land. Isbouts (media psychology, Fielding Graduate Univ., Santa Barbara), who consulted with a board of academic advisers for this project, writes in a nondenominational style that allows nonexpert readers to follow along easily. Each chapter discusses a portion of biblical narrative in the context of history, geography, and archaeology. Time lines orient the reader to global developments during the period; these events are later described in greater detail. Accompanying sidebars provide the additional perspective of daily life in the region-e.g., trade, music, dress, architecture, and food. The atlas's more than 50 stunningly detailed color maps from the National Geographic Society contain notations that place the regions, cities, mountains, and rivers in context of the events discussed. An additional 350 photographs and illustrations illuminate the text. References to Bible passages are taken from the 1989 New Revised Standard Version translation of the Old and New Testaments, with excerpts also provided from the Qur'an and the Holy Book of Islam. The atlas concludes with a bibliography of suggested additional readings (corresponding to each chapter) and an alphabetically organized index.
—Jennifer Jack

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426201387
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 11/6/2007
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 221,677
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 11.16 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean-Pierre Isbouts holds a Ph.D in archaeology and art, and is currently Professor of Culture and Media Studies at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA. He is the writer and producer of four programs that explore the legacy of the Bible, including the award-winning television mini-series The Quest For Peace.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2007

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    This atlas should be on every shelf.This atlas Is unlike any bible atlas I have seen before. Full of beautiful pictures, facts, photo's, and not slighting any one's faith.Fully recomended!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    This is a wonderful book the pictures are beautiful. Well worth the money

    This book is beautiful and a very good reference book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2009

    Superb but with a compromise

    As one would expect from National Geographic, the quality of production is superb -- wonderful photos, great layout, readable text. However, the authors have been a bit timid in challenging the historosity of the Bible. Implicit is their recognition that the text is one of faith, not history, but for the most part they skirt the issue. By doing so, the book no doubt will enjoy a larger readership amongst conservative Jews and Christians who interpret the sacred text literally, but at a price. After all, it is not a product of Reader's Digest but the renown National Geographic Society. That being said, its unique combination of archeology, historical art, and sacred text all in a superb production combine to make it a must resource for church and synagogue libraries.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2013

    Just fabulous.  A perfect addition to the library of any general

    Just fabulous.  A perfect addition to the library of any general-interest reader.  Highly recommended.

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