Item description for Oxford Bible Atlas by May Herbert G...
The most recent advances in biblical, archaeological, and topographical scholarship have been incorporated into this long-respected work, bringing it completely up to date and making it essential for all students of biblical history.
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Studio: Oxford University Press, USA
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10" Width: 7.5" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Jan 31, 1985
Publisher Oxford University Press
ISBN 0191434515 ISBN13 9780191434518
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If you want to tour in the Bible, choose it! Jan 3, 2007
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Oxford Bible Atlas Mar 26, 2001
The Oxford Bible Atlas, edited by Herbert G. May, is a detailed, extremely useful book that will heighten anyone's general understanding of biblical geography. It contains more than maps as it delves into the history behind the maps, and the archaeology behind the history. It cites biblical sources but also cites apocryphal books unfamiliar to most Protestant readers. The end result is a colorful, informative work that helps place both Old and New testaments into perspective.
The book is divided into three sections, the first introducing the ancient world, then the several maps, and concluding with an archaeological overview. Part one blends seemingly incompatible topics of biblical and geologic history. It includes biblical and secular accounts of ancient history. The atlas does not attempt to expound too greatly on the "Holy Land" as being somehow superior in importance. In fact the Holy Land occupies an important crossroads between east and west more so than it stands as a regional religious center of its own merit. Those who held power such as David, Herod, or even Pontius Pilate were rarely more than a regional or even local rulers who paled in stature when compared to Alexander or any of the Roman Emperors.
The map section covers most of the primary locations mentioned in the Bible, and illustrates the vastness of the biblical lands. Many maps retain ancient place names, though the primary focus is on the Near East. There are some areas not covered, such as the city of Tarshish, Jonah's destination when he attempted to flee from his responsibilities, and the route of the Exodus does not take them across either the Red Sea, or either the modern Gulf of Suez or Gulf of Aqaba. But these apparent omissions do little to detract from the overall effectiveness of the maps.
The final section is akin to a primer on biblical archaeology. It introduces Carbon 14 dating, how a site is developed, and a brief history of archaeological efforts in the region. It shows how cultures are understood by what has survived through the ages, and helps fill gaps when written records are not available.
The end result is a very informative atlas that readers of many different backgrounds will appreciate.