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The Basic Bible Atlas: A Fascinating Guide to the Land of the Bible

The Basic Bible Atlas: A Fascinating Guide to the Land of the Bible

by John A. Beck


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The Bible tells the story of God meeting real people in a real time and place, yet we rarely take the time to wonder, Why there? Maybe we have a hard time even picturing where there is. To begin to fully understand the Bible, we must understand the geographical settings of Scripture and how each place participates in the biblical story.

With its colorful maps, The Basic Bible Atlas helps us link geography to Bible study so we can understand how place impacted events in the Bible. From Eden to Egypt, from the promised land to Persia, from Bethlehem to the New Jerusalem, The Basic Bible Atlas is a fascinating guide to the land of the Bible. Your Bible study will never be the same.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801077906
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/18/2020
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 701,408
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

John A. Beck (PhD, Trinity International University) has taught courses in Hebrew and Old Testament for more than 25 years, many of those years teaching field studies in Israel, Jordan, and Egypt. Beck spends most of his year writing and is a permanent adjunct faculty member at Jerusalem University College in Israel. His books include The Land of Milk and Honey, A Visual Guide to Bible Events, The Baker Book of Bible Charts, Maps, and Time Lines, and The Holy Land for Christian Travelers. Learn more at

Table of Contents

Map and Illustration List 11

Acknowledgments 15

Part 1 Introduction to Geography

1 Introduction to the Atlas 19

2 Introduction to the Biblical World 23

Part 2 Putting the Story in Its Place

3 Creation, Fall, and Rescue Plan Stories 39

The Garden of Eden 39

Looking for Eden outside the Garden 42

Canaan, the Promised Land 47

4 Exodus, Wilderness, and Transjordan Stories 55

Egypt 55

Wilderness 59

Transjordan 63

5 Conquest, Division, and Crisis Stories 71

Promised Land Received and Divided 71

Promised Land in Crisis 77

6 United Kingdom Stories 85

Israel as One Kingdom 85

7 Divided Kingdom Stories 95

Israel as Two Kingdoms 95

8 Exile and Return Stories 105

Exile from the Promised Land 105

Return to the Promised Land 111

9 Jesus Stories 117

Jesus in Galilee 117

Jesus beyond Galilee 125

Jesus Confronts Opposing Voices in Judea 130

Jesus's Passion: A Jerusalem Story 135

10 Church Stones 141

The Early Church in Jerusalem 141

The Early Church in Judea and Samaria 146

The Early Church to the Ends of the Earth 151

The Church Returns to the Garden of Eden 158

Notes 163

Scripture Index 167

Index of Place Names 170

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