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The Setting The Text in Context The Lands of the Bible Climate, Flora, and Fauna Israel and the Nations The Hebrew Bible The Setting of the Genesis Stories The Patriarchs in Canaan The Exodus and Wilderness Traditions The Stories of Joshua and the Judges, Samuel and Saul The Stories of David and Solomon Ancient Trade Routes The Kingdoms of Israel and Judah The Assyrian Empire The Kingdom of Judah The Babylonian Empire The Persian Empire Judah, Yehud, and Judea Alexander's Empire and its Aftermath: The Hellenistic Period Jerusalem in the 1st Millennium BCE The New Testament The Kingdom of Herod and his Successors The Ministry of Jesus and the Beginnings of the Church The Roman Empire: The Background of the New Testament Jerusalem in New Testament Times Paul's Journeys The Cradle of Christianity Archaeology in Bible Lands Archaeology in the Ancient Near East Archaeology and the Bible

About the Author

Adrian Curtis is Senior Lecturer in Hebrew Bible at the University of Manchester.


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 City Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

`Review from previous edition Very up to date . . . stunning photographs . . . an exciting handbook that needs to be readily to hand for any serious Bible scholar of any age' Common Ground: The Journal of the Council of Christians and Jews `recommended for all public libraries as a handsome background resource for Bible study' Library Journal `Recommended' Church Review

Curtis (Hebrew Bible, Univ. of Manchester), a Methodist lay preacher, offers the first revision of the Oxford Bible Atlas (OBA) since the 1984 third edition. The contents have been thoroughly revised and include 81 full-color illustrations as well as 27 maps-e.g., of Jerusalem and the Holy Land, the Middle East and the eastern Mediterranean lands-all with terrain modeling. The text is divided into four main sections: "The Setting," "The Hebrew Bible," "The New Testament," and "Archaeology in Bible Lands." A chronological chart adapted from The Oxford History of the Biblical World (1998) helps orient the user. As the relatively small number of maps might indicate, this is less an atlas than a guide to the OBA for the general reader, placing the Old and New Testaments into their geographical, historical, cultural, and archaeological contexts and reflecting the latest scholarship. BOTTOM LINE Other recently published biblical atlases to consider include The IVP Atlas of Bible History (2006), The Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007), and The Historical Atlas of the Bible (Book Sales, 2006). This edition is recommended for all public libraries as a handsome background resource for Bible study.-Edward K. Werner, St. Lucie Cty. Lib. Syst., Fort Pierce, FL Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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