An Atlas of One of the World's Most Fought Over Landscapes
Oct 7, 2010
The first map of the Holy Land that has stayed with me was in Hilaire Belloc's 1937 THE CRUSADES. Belloc's strategic argument is that permanent European occupation was ultimately doomed because the leaders of the First Crusade failed to take Damascus when it was ripe for plucking. One simple but clear map by Belloc then showed how Damascus was key to the "backdoor" road to the Crusader Kingdoms -- along a route east of the last mountains and west of almost untrackable desert. This road is called by Rasmussen "The International Transjordanian Route" (p. 32f). Carl G. Be it noted that Rasmussen's 2010 revision of ZONDERVAN ATLAS OF THE BIBLE covers a far earlier time than the Crusades: from Creation through Exodus to Apocalypse. ***** If I had two suggestions, one would be larger print, please! The second? An additional essay by a military historian giving an overview of the landscape from the point of view of invading and defending armed forces. Considering how much of the OT is about wars, Rasmussen's lack of military expertise becomes apparent. Rasmussen, to his credit, noted that Israel never became a seafaring nation on the order of its Phoenician neighbors for one good geographical reason: Israel's coast had no good natural harbors. ***** A fine book: maps, texts, indices, good, clear writing. It should perhaps be called "the American edition," because its measurements are feet and miles not meters. And its space comparisons are to American States. Egypt, for example, is shown to be very much the size and compactness of Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas. Its timelines are already provoking lively discussions in reviews and blogs. -OOO-
"Zondervan Atlas of the Bible" is an excellent Bible atlas that also contains Bible background information. It was full of color photographs of the various regions so the reader could see what they look like (in modern times). There were also some pictures of the ruins of various cities. There were charts, timelines, and, of course, lots and lots of maps. Most of the maps had a 3D look to show the relative elevation and also showed the locations of cities, rivers, and known ancient international … more
I am a retired American diplomat. Married for 47 years. My wife Mary (PhD in German and Linguistics) and I have two sons, six grandsons and two granddaughters. Our home is Highland Farms Retirement Community … more
Consider the Source
Use Trust Points to see how much you can rely on this review.
This thoroughly revised edition of the Gold Medallion Award-winning Zondervan NIV Atlas of the Bible uses innovative 3D imaging technology and over one hundred images to bring the biblical world to life with unprecedented clarity. Plus, over one hundred full-color, multidimensional maps trace the progression of Old and New Testament history, providing you with an accessible and accurate resource---a treasure trove of insights for students of the Bible.