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.
“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
Seth M. Rodriquez