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Holman Bible Atlas [Hardcover]

By Thomas V. Brisco (Author)
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Explore the world of the Bible through this visual feast and increase your knowledge of God's Word! This atlas features hundreds of color photos and maps that show you the land, sites, and archaeology of the entire biblical world. You'll learn about every time period from the Patriarchs to A.D. 300, and every international power from Egypt to Rome.

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The Holman Bible Atlas offers a visual feast through which the reader can explore the world of the Bible. Utilizing 140 full color maps key to biblical events and 140 full color photographs illustrating the land, sites, and archaeology of the biblical world, the Atlas draws the reader into the biblical story. The Holman Bible Atlas begins with an introduction to the geography of the biblical world emphasizing the major physical features of the Ancient Near East with special attention given to the geographical regions of Palestine. Information about daily life and the role of archaeology in recovering ancient cultures are discussed.

Awards and Recognitions
Holman Bible Atlas by Thomas V. Brisco has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Gold Medallion Book Awards - 2000 Winner - Reference/Commentaries category

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Holman Reference
Pages   298
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.47" Width: 8.77" Height: 0.94"
Weight:   2.835 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1999
Publisher   Broadman And Holman
ISBN  1558197095  
ISBN13  9781558197091  

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More About Thomas V. Brisco

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Thomas V. Brisco is Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Hardin-Simmons University. He also serves as Professor of Old Testament and Archaeology. Dr. Brisco came to Hardin-Simmons from Baylor University where he taught in the Department of Religion. Prior to that, Dr. Brisco taught for 21 years at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, serving also as the Associate Dean for the Doctor of Philosophy Program. Dr. Brisco specializes in ancient near eastern history and archaeology particularly as these subjects relate to the historical, cultural, and geographical setting of the Bible. His archaeological field experience includes work at Tel Aphek and Tel Batash in Israel. An ordained minister with pastoral experience, Dr. Brisco has served as interim pastor in over 20 churches in Texas, Arkansas, Colorado, and Switzerland.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Holman Bible Atlas?

Excellent Teaching Tool  Sep 6, 2008
The detail provided along with the maps helped me understand the significance of events and line of kings and rulers in Biblical times.
Holman Bible Atlas: A Complete Guide to the Expansive Geography of Biblical History (Broadman & Holman Reference)  Jul 5, 2008
Very pleased with arrival time of book and the condition. I will not hesitate to use this seller again.
Shipping problem  Jun 19, 2008
The book was as described, a nice book, but it is a heavy book and needed to be shipped in a box. It was shipped in a softly protected envelope giving the post office an opportunity to do damage to it, and they did.
A complete guide to the expansive geography of Biblical history  May 23, 2008
"Holman Bible Atlas" is an immensely readable book supplying first of all geographical, then rising from it historical, political, social, economic and, most of all, theological foundations to the context of the Bible. Whether a layperson seeking this grounding or a more serious theological student, the reader will find that context here.

This atlas was required reading in a Survey of the Old Testament course I took several years ago. Because an atlas is a book of maps, this book, of course, focuses on ancient topography, agriculture, migrations, and a changing history. All things together combine to tell "the story of God's redemptive work in human history" (2).

The story begins with a land layout of the general area of the Ancient Near East, then the lens closes in on the geographic regions of Palestine, then life in the region, including weather, climate, crops, and what archeology has provided.

Then the writer, Thomas Brisco, pulls his lens way back to focus on the earliest people of this geography, then refocuses closer to the time of the Patriarchs, and specifically Abraham and his descendants through Joseph and his passage into Egypt. An examination of Egypt: geography and the dynastic history as they pertain to God's work that follows.

This pattern, adhering to atlas and map disclosures, predominates through the Exodus, Resettlement, the Kingdoms and kings and judges, rise of powers and loss of powers--all geographically revealed.

How does one use a Bible atlas? You can read it straight through as I did and thoroughly enjoyed. Or you can use the Table of Contents or Index for locating specific topics you are interesting in pursuing. Let's say you are studying the walls of Jericho. The TC gives me pp. 77-78 for information on Joshua and the suspected location of Jericho. I find a picture of Tell es-Sultan, possibly the ruins of Jericho. I don't find the story itself because this is an historical atlas, not a history book.

On page 40 is a map locating the settlement of the twelve tribes of Israel and the Levitical cities. On page 100 is a map showing the possible flight of David from Saul, who was intent on killing David, his God-appointed successor. On page 118 is a map of the two kingdoms: Israel and Judah.
(A side note: According to some sources my name Judy derives from Judah.)

Often colorful, the maps are clear and easy to follow. The photographs enhance the written description. Sidebars provide interesting anecdotes. The flowing and well-written narration is situated amongst a variety of visuals. "Holman Bible Atlas" is an inviting, informative trek through the rocky hills and green valleys into the paths of the past of the Bible Lands. Your ticket is in the book.
Bible reference  Apr 7, 2008
I gave as a gift, and they seem to use it quite often for Bible study.

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