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The Carta Bible Atlas, 5th ed.

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The Carta Bible Atlas prides itself on detailed graphic presentation and brief texts of the historical events spanning the biblical period and beyond. Founded on Holy Scripture and aided by recent scholarly research, newly discovered documentary evidence and archaeological finds the authors bring fresh understanding to biblical history and geography.

This fifth revised and updated edition of The Carta Bible Atlas has been enriched by the addition of 40 new maps. Anson F. Rainey added maps and discussion on contemporary subjects surrounding the biblical narrative and R. Steven Notley revised and expanded the New Testament section. Prof. Notley further enhanced this volume by extending its historical reach to include the map of Palestine at the end of the third century as recorded by Eusebius, Bishop of Caesarea

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  • Provides the latest findings of biblical, historical, and archaeological research
  • Depicts the vast panorama of events spanning the years 3000 B.C. to A.D. 400
  • Includes insights into the ancient history of the surrounding areas and people

Top Highlights

“Israel held an important geopolitical position as a bridge between the lands of the Fertile Crescent and Egypt, the land of the Nile.” (Page 12)

“give many descriptions of settlements, their location and character—these matters” (Page 11)

“Egypt and the kingdoms of the Fertile Crescent passed of necessity” (Page 12)

One of the most valuable tools for Bible study much more than a collection of maps. It is a graphic portrayal of and a reliable commentary on the history and geography of Israel.

Southwestern Journal of Theology

Of the many Bible atlases that have appeared in the last decade, this one deserves particular commendation.

Christianity Today

This atlas makes an impressive reference work for the biblical student of any faith, or none, and surely belongs on every library shelf, if not the coffee table

Chicago Daily News

Yohanan Aharoni (1919–76) was Professor of Archaeology, Chairman of the Department of Archaeology and Near Eastern Studies, and Chairman of the Institute of Archaeology at Tel Aviv University. He wrote six books, among them The Land of the Bible and The Jews in Their Land, and participated in the discovery of the Bar Kokhba caves while excavating the Dead Sea region in 1953.

Michael Avi-Yonah (1904–74) was Professor of Archaeology and History of Art at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He wrote numerous books and papers, among them In the Time of Rome and Byzantium, A Historical Geography of the Holy Land from the Return to Zion until the Arab Conquest, and Gazetteer of Roman Palestine. He planned and constructed a model of Second Temple Jerusalem at 1:50 scale.

Anson F. Rainey (1930–2011) was Emeritus Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Cultures and Semitic Linguistics at Tel Aviv University. He earned a Masters of Theology in Old Testament and a Ph.D. in Mediterranean Studies, and participated in more than 25 seasons of field excavations. He wrote numerous books and papers, among them the monumental works, Canaanite in the Amarna Tablets (4 vols.) and The Sacred Bridge: Carta’s Atlas of the Biblical World. Teaching History and Historical Geography of Bible Lands: A Syllabus and the update and expansion of The Carta Bible Atlas were his last major contributions to biblical scholarship

Ze’ev Safrai is Professor in the Martin Susz Department of Land of Israel Studies at Bar Ilan University in Israel. He has written and edited more than ten books, among them The Economy of Roman Palestine: The Missing Century, as well as dozens of articles.

R. Steven Notley is Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at the New York City campus of Nyack College. A member and former director of The Jerusalem School of Synoptical Research, he is at the cutting edge of modern New Testament research, combining his philological training with an intimate firsthand knowledge of biblical geography. Notley has written and lectured extensively in his subjects of expertise. He is co-author of The Sacred Bridge: Carta’s Atlas of the Biblical World.


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  1. Wayne Donald Baker
    I have heard that from somewhere between 600 to 300 BC till the seventeen or eighteen hundreds AD maps left out a significant geological topographical feature. I noted in the sample pages, this atlas seems to include feature. People who used the maps current at the time, but had not been in the area may have developed some understanding of the Bible that is in error. I am looking to see if I can find verification of the error of ancient maps, and any comment on the effects the error could have in the understanding of Biblical events, like say the Exodus.