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Overview The Collegeville Atlas of the Bible is a visual guide through the world of the Bible. It contains up-to-date maps from Oxford Cartographers, modern pictorial techniques that show the current findings of biblical archaeology and ecumenical bible research. It is richly illustrated with computer-simulated three-dimensional reconstructions and a synthesis of the biblical past and present based on the highest canons of scholarship. It is sharply highlighted and imaginatively presented to give a glimpse of a past world and will be a fascinating and informative reference work for all who love the inexhaustible riches of the Bible and delight in delving into it.
Publishers Description The Collegeville Atlas of the Bible offers those with an interest in their historical and religious heritage a guided tour through the Bible. It describes the stories and events of the Bible and places them in their historical and geographical context. 3-D cutaways, maps, and ground plans, all based on the latest historical evidence, enhance the comprehensive text and bring the dramatic events of the Old and New Testaments to life in glorious detail. Central to The Collegeville Atlas of the Bible is its use of 50 maps (route maps, ground-plans, and locators) to detail biblical territories and routes, and to pinpoint the locations of important events. In addition, feature map spreads show major journeys and empires, and location shots add their own authentic vistas. Specially-commissioned reconstructions and beautifully illustrated reflective page spreads build on this foundation to add contextual information to the discussion of biblical stories. Additionally, 300 superb full-color photographs take the reader to the Holy Land as it is today in order to better understand how it was in biblical times.
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Studio: Liturgical Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 12.86" Width: 9.58" Height: 0.73" Weight: 2.49 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 1999
Publisher Liturgical Press
ISBN 0814627021 ISBN13 9780814627020
Availability 0 units.
More About James Harpur & Marcus Braybrooke
JAMES HARPUR is a Cambridge-educated author whose books include The Atlas of Sacred Places, Revelations: The Medieval World, Love Burning in the Soul, and The Gospel of Joseph of Arimathea. He is also an award-winning poet. A passionate walker and traveler to sacred sites, he lives in the west of Ireland.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Collegeville Atlas of the Bible?
Mixed bag Dec 10, 2006
I regret buying this volume. Yes, visually it's a beautiful publication, as other readers have attested. What I really object to, and find quite offensive, is the use of politically correct replacements for the time-honored BC and AD. I could tolerate such usage in a secular publication, but in a Christian publication, and a bible atlas of all places ... it's just too ironically absurd for words.
This book is beautiful! The illustrations are wonderful. It reminds me of the old Time-Life books.
You will find illustrations juxtaposed with photos of recovered artifacts. The maps are wonderful and well drawn. There are several cut-away views of places like the Hebrew Tabernacle, Solomon's Temple Herod's Palace and Masada. You will find illustrations of Jerusalem at various points in history. There is even a view of the Via Dolorosa (Christ's walk to Calvary).
The text for the most part is only marginally useful, though only peripherally related to the images on the page. It consists mainly of simple Bible stories. The captions, however, are quite helpful.
Unfortunately, the author seems to have forgotten that there is such a thing as a binding in a book. Many illustrations and maps needlessly cross the binding and are distorted and obscured. I say needlessly because in most cases they would have fit on one page, but instead some text or a smaller image pushed the larger one to the side. This is so frequent that it is a serious shortcoming and detracts significantly.
Overall a good effort, but the layout drops it at least a full star.
Maybe too basic for the serious student of the bible Jan 16, 2006
Lots of big pictures and some interesting factoids, but surprisingly light weight for its lineage (Collegeville Press). Has not proven to be the resource I was looking for, but a nice "bathroom" book.
From the cover: Aug 10, 2005
This book contains: · a visual guide through the world of the Bible,
· up-to-date maps from Oxford Cartographers,
· modern pictorial techniques show the current findings of biblical archaeology and ecumenical Bible research,
· rich illustrations,
· computer-simulated three-dimensional reconstructions,
· a synthesis of the biblical past and present based on the highest canons of scholarship,
· a sharply highlighted and imaginatively presented glimpse of a past world, and
· a fascinating and informative reference work for all who love the inexhaustible riches of the Bible and delight in delving into it.
The crease kills it Dec 4, 2000
Like many other atlases of biblical times, this atlas is filled with colorful images, drawings and maps. In particular, this book is more than just an atlas, but a visual guide to the location and lifestyle of the biblical lands. Many of the visual insets are well reporduced and nicely described. The text is easy to read, informed by recent scholarly opinion, and is approached from a secular standpoint.
The main complaint with the book is its layout of images of cities and area maps across two pages. While the larger size of the maps and images of cities and temples is appreciated, the hardcover binding of the book really distorts the images. For example, about 2 inches of the map on page 59 of the Assyrian Empire is pushed leftwards on to page 58, and to the right of the map is a two inch column depicting a tribute obelisk. While removing this small image and description and placing it on page 58, leaving 59 free to contain the entire map, might make the book's page layout less exciting, at least the map would not be distorted by the binding crease.
Since the main focus of an atlas of this sort should be its images (and not necessarily the text, although that is important), it really detracts from the overall appreciation of the book to experience such distortion of maps and images page after page. Almost every 3D topographical map is distorted in this fashion.
The publisher would have better served the editors if care would have been taken to create maps and images which could either have been contained on one page, or designed with a hardcover binding as interference, reducing the image distortion.
Otherwise the book is beautifully done, containing clear appropriate images and easy, intelligent text, without noticable religious bias. If your looking just for images and maps, perhaps you might look elsewhere. But if you want interesting engaging text with nicely done (though poorly implemented) maps and drawings, as well as a wealth of descriptive artifacts from the lands of the bible, then I would recommend this book.