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This atlas gives you remarkable insights into your favorite Bible stories. Learn how David’s understanding of geography and politics led to his marriage with Ahinoam of Jezreel. Discover why Naomi, in the Book of Ruth, couldn’t just move back to Bethlehem after her husband’s death and use his land again. Find out why Moses and the Children of Israel took the long southern trek from Egypt to the Promised Land, rather than the direct route. No one explains Bible geography and culture better than Dr. Paul H. Wright. He includes more than 120 full-color maps, more than 50 photos, diagrams, and family trees, and illuminating text with specific Scripture references.

The Rose Then and Now Bible Map Atlas is perfect for students, professors, or anyone else wanting to learn more about the context and history of people of the Bible. With the Logos edition, all Scripture references link to your preferred translation, making your study of the Bible’s most beloved stories and people easy and effective.

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  • 120 high-quality detailed Bible maps
  • Insights into the lives of 30 important Bible characters
  • Comparisons of ancient locations and modern cities, so you know where the Bible’s places are today
  • The Landed Context of the Biblical Story
  • The Patriarchs and Matriarchs: Our Fathers and Mothers
  • Moses: Showing Us the Way
  • Joshua: Courage to Conquer
  • Deborah and Yael: A Sweet Song of Victory
  • Samson: Greatness Run Amuck
  • Naomi and Ruth: The Way It’s Supposed to Be
  • David and Solomon: Our Legacy
  • Rizpah: When Not-So-Little-Things Really Matter
  • Ahab and Jehoshaphat: The Fine Line between Failure and Success
  • Elijah and Elisha: Going About Doing Good
  • Jonah: Not on My Watch
  • Isaiah: Vision for a Broken World
  • Josiah: The Last Hope
  • Ezra and Nehemiah: Courage to Start Over
  • Esther: For Such a Time as This
  • The Herods: Magnificent to a Fault
  • John the Baptist: A Voice Crying in the Wilderness
  • Mary and Joseph: Simple Lives Lived Extraordinarily
  • Jesus: The Anointed One
  • Pontius Pilate: The Enforcer
  • Peter: Out in Front
  • Paul: Living Under Grace
  • John: Someone Who Deserved the Last Word

Top Highlights

“Out of this maelstrom comes a shining story of courage, faithfulness and life lived the way it’s supposed to be. In English Bibles the Book of Ruth follows Judges, an order based on chronology that heightens the contrast between the tenor of the events of the two books and suggests that life can be normal in spite of the chaos of the times. For its part, the Hebrew Bible places Ruth after Proverbs, giving a tangible answer to the question, ‘A worthy woman (eshet hayil)—who can find?’ (Prov 31:10; cf. Ruth 3:11). In any case, the story of Ruth is a reminder that behind the craziness of the daily news, people who live under the blessings of God are able to organize their lives in ways that are meaningful and helpful for others.” (Page 46)

“‘In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in their own eyes’ (Judg 21:25” (Page 46)

“His intent was to ‘flee from the presence of the LORD’—as if that were geographically or even ontologically possible—but by his actions Jonah betrayed that his provincial understanding of God was no larger than that of prophets from other nations who operated under the assumption that every land or city-state was protected by a god who was effective only within its own borders (cf. 1 Kgs 20:23, 20:28).” (Page 89)

“The result: two teams in the field rather than one, a net gain for the early church. Silas (a short-form of the Latin name Sylvanius) was a leader in the Jerusalem church (Acts 15:22, 15:32) but also a Roman citizen (Acts 16:37). Like Paul, he was culturally bilingual and so an excellent fit for the task at hand.” (Page 242)

In this integration of biography, history, and geography, Paul Wright applies his considerable knowledge of the land to the life and times of people in both the Old and New Testaments. In his capable hands readers will see the characters of the Bible come to life in the context of the very real world in which they lived. Whether readers have been through the Bible 50 times or this is their first, the pictures, maps, and extremely readable text will lead them to fresh insight into this greatest of stories.

John Walton, professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College

  • Title: Rose Then and Now Bible Map Atlas with Biblical Background and Culture
  • Author: Dr. Paul H. Wright
  • Publisher: Rose Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 271

Dr. Paul H. Wright is the president of Jerusalem University College, where he teaches courses on the culture, history, and geography of the lands of the Bible. Over the years, he has led thousands of university students and adults on field studies throughout Israel, the Palestinian territories, Jordan, Egypt, and the Sinai. Dr. Wright holds a BA in anthropology from Bethel College, an MA in the history of ancient Israel from the Institute of Holy Land Studies, an MA in Old Testament from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a PhD from Hebrew Union College.


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  1. Joseph E

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  2. Jaroslav Skoumal
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  4. Lisa Graham

    Lisa Graham


  5. Dariusz Dawidowski
  6. Veli Voipio

    Veli Voipio


    The author gives an insider view of the geography which makes a difference. The book is an introductory overview of a familiar subject, but it is written so well (biblically sound and historically realistic) that I've read it all, to refresh what I already know and also to learn much new. Maps are limited to the essential info, which is good in this kind of book. The links to the dead sea scrolls or talmud do not always work, I look forward to an update. I hope the next edition will use the metric system :)
  7. Flávio Américo Dantas de Carvalho
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  10. Seth M. Rodriquez
    The maps are great, but the insights provided in the text is even better. Although the title of the book contains the word "atlas," the heart of the book is the historical and cultural insights that Dr. Wright provides. After an introductory chapter where he provides an overview of the geography of the region, he then proceeds to walk through the biblical narrative. Starting with Abraham and the other patriarchs, he works through the various periods of biblical history ... Moses, Joshua, Samson, David, Elijah, Ezra ... all the way down to the apostle John writing at the end of the 1st century AD. Throughout the work, the maps, photographs, and drawings serve to illustrate and enhance the information provided. Someone may complain that the impact of the plastic overlays in the printed edition are lost in the Logos version of the book. That is true to a certain extent: in the Logos version there are two separate images for every map that contains the overlay in the printed version and you can't easily switch back and forth. However, using the "Send to PowerPoint" feature within the Logos Software you can send both maps to PowerPoint and get the same effect that you have in the printed version. Once the maps are in PowerPoint, you can toggle from the plain map to the one with the modern borders. It is fascinating to see how the modern borders line up (or in many cases don't line up) with the ancient borders. One criticism of the book is that the story line moves too quickly from one thing to the next. It seems that Dr. Wright did not have enough space to flesh out many of his insights into the geography of the region. For that reason, the book would serve best as a supplemental textbook for a course that discusses biblical geography in more detail, or as a way for someone to review what they learned on a study tour of the Holy Land. But anyone with a general understanding of biblical geography will benefit from reading this book. Overall, this is a helpful resource, and I am grateful for the time that Dr. Wright invested in writing down his many insights. Here's a list of many of the great features you will find in this book: - An informative book that tells the biblical story while providing the cultural and geographical background of the text. - Lots of images throughout the book that provide you with a taste of the biblical culture. - Image captions that add information and don't just repeat what is found in the text. - Informative, simple maps that correspond to the story line discussed in the text. - An easy-to-read, conversational style of writing. This book is written for laypeople, not an elite scholarly community. - A wealth of information from someone who has lived and taught in Israel for years and years, and who believes the Bible and is a committed Christian.


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