The Basic Bible Atlas
The Bible tells the story of God meeting real people in a real time and place, yet we rarely take the time to wonder, Why there? Maybe we have a hard time even picturing where there is. To begin to fully understand the Bible, we must understand the geographical settings of Scripture and how each place participates in the biblical story.With its colorful maps, The Basic Bible Atlas helps us link geography to Bible study so we can understand how place impacted events in the Bible. From Eden to Egypt, from the promised land to Persia, from Bethlehem to the New Jerusalem, The Basic Bible Atlas is a fascinating guide to the land of the Bible. Your Bible study will never be the same.

The Basic Bible Atlas Details

TitleThe Basic Bible Atlas
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ReleaseFeb 18th, 2020
PublisherBaker Books
ISBN-139780801077906
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GenreHistory, Reference, Nonfiction, Religion

The Basic Bible Atlas Review

  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    The Basic Bible Atlas by author John A. Beck is more than just maps. There are Bible stories and colorful maps. The maps included are of modern times as well as Biblical times.The Basic Bible Atlas is great for beginners because the maps are big enough to visualize the terrain and just right for the page they are on. It is not cumbersome, but easy to understand.This would be perfect for church schools, home schools, or individual learning.Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various The Basic Bible Atlas by author John A. Beck is more than just maps. There are Bible stories and colorful maps. The maps included are of modern times as well as Biblical times.The Basic Bible Atlas is great for beginners because the maps are big enough to visualize the terrain and just right for the page they are on. It is not cumbersome, but easy to understand.This would be perfect for church schools, home schools, or individual learning.Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255
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  • Sheila Alewine
    January 1, 1970
    As a Baker Books Blogger, I received a copy of John A. Becks The Basic Bible Atlas: A Fascinating Guide to the Land of the Bible to review. I selected this book thinking it was a reference book in which I could look up various descriptions of the geography of the Bible to enlarge my understanding of scriptural truths. I was delighted to discover that instead of a typical reference book, it is essentially the story of the Bible told through the lens of places.I read this book straight through As a Baker Books Blogger, I received a copy of John A. Beck’s The Basic Bible Atlas: A Fascinating Guide to the Land of the Bible to review. I selected this book thinking it was a reference book in which I could look up various descriptions of the geography of the Bible to enlarge my understanding of scriptural truths. I was delighted to discover that instead of a typical reference book, it is essentially the story of the Bible told through the lens of “places.”I read this book straight through over two days, in less than three hours total time, because it captivated my interest. Beck tethers the familiar stories of the Bible to the places where they occurred and reveals how God divinely and strategically used the world He created as a stage for His purposes. The reader will gain a lot of information about the everyday life of the people in the Bible, largely influenced by when and where they lived. The Bible makes sense in a whole new way as the story of redemption unfolds.This is at heart the story of God’s relationship with humanity. The author begins in the Garden of Eden, the place of perfection that provided everything the man and woman could possibly need for eternity. We follow their exile after the Fall and find ourselves on the ark with Noah, floating above the earth as God reshaped His original creation and gives humanity a second chance. We explore the plains and scatter with the rebels who tried to build a tower to heaven. We trail Abraham from the Promised Land, down to Egypt, and then back again with Moses and Joshua. We then are led through the tumultuous years of war, peace, and war again, under judges and kings who rule various cities and take possession of the wild terrain that God calls His special land. When the Messiah comes, we focus on Jerusalem, the city where God dwelled and will dwell again. In the final pages of the story, we track the spread of the gospel across continents and end on a small island called Patmos which God has prepared for his beloved servant, John, to reveal the secrets of the end of the story."In between the Bible’s beginning (Genesis) and ending (Revelation), the inspired authors and poets take us on a long journey. We walk thousands of miles through a wide variety of landscapes, each of which plays a role in the evolving plan of salvation. But there is something we dare not miss: the story told in the Bible begins and ends in the same place—the garden of Eden."(p. 158)The people in the Bible were real people, with real lives, real problems, challenges, and victories. Just like us, I’m sure, the first question when meeting someone new was “Where are you from?” because the answer to that question reveals a host of information to the inquirer, assumptions (correct and incorrect) and facts, based solely on the geography of their origin. The places we’ve come from and the places we’ve been, tell our stories. This is a good one.I recommend this book for students of the Bible wanting to enlarge their understanding of scripture, or those who have little or no understanding of the story of Jesus. Both will be encouraged, enlightened, and surprised by what they learn.
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  • Doug
    January 1, 1970
    Every geographic location in the Bible played a significant role in Gods plan of salvationNot all Bible atlases are created equal. Most have more pictures than text, and do not effectively and proficiently tell the whole story of the Gospel in context and without much explanation as to why the lands of the Bible were strategically significant to the Gospel.In his new book, The Basic Bible Atlas: A Fascinating Guide to the Land of the Bible, John A. Beck takes us on an amazing journey from the Every geographic location in the Bible played a significant role in God’s plan of salvationNot all Bible atlases are created equal. Most have more pictures than text, and do not effectively and proficiently tell the whole story of the Gospel in context – and without much explanation as to why the lands of the Bible were strategically significant to the Gospel.In his new book, “The Basic Bible Atlas: A Fascinating Guide to the Land of the Bible,” John A. Beck takes us on an amazing journey from the Garden of Eden to the New Jerusalem, explaining why each geographical location is important and matters to fully understanding the Bible.Published by Baker Books, Beck’s 176-page book zeroes in on some of the remotest locations on the very earth the Lord created for mankind to dwell and accomplish His will. This included hills, valleys, mountaintops, caves, wildernesses, rivers, streams, oceans, isles (Patmos), the precise locations of fields for grain, vegetation and livestock, as well as dwelling places such as tents, houses, palaces, temples, and especially the Tabernacle. In fact, every terrain and plain in the Bible played a significant and essential role in God’s plan of salvation, and Beck does a masterful job of tying them all together with biblical references. Using beautifully-detailed maps, Beck weaves together the events and places of the people God used to tell His redemptive plan for fallen man in chronological order – and at those precise moments in time.“In between the Bible’s beginning (Genesis) and ending (Revelation), the inspired authors and poets take us on a long journey,” Beck writes (page 158). “We walk thousands of miles through a wide variety of landscapes, each of which plays a role in the evolving [this is a questionable word choice] plan of salvation. But there is something we dare not miss: the story told in the Bible begins and ends in the same place – the Garden of Eden.”Beck’s book is unlike any other atlas because it rightfully places the Holy Land of Israel at the very center of His plan for us. Major events or places where the Lord sent His people – or where tragedies and triumphs happened that changed the course of history – weren’t left out of this atlas.The only drawback, however, to Beck’s atlas is it didn’t have enough of an exhaustive list of people, places, and events. Since he refers to it as a basic Bible atlas, that’s understandable, but it would have helped in further study and reflection.Overall, this atlas is well-written and beautifully illustrated. It would make a great Bible study tool for youth groups, adult Bible studies, and even make an excellent guide for family devotions. I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars.Full disclosure: In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, I received an advanced copy of this book free through the Baker Books Bloggers Program. My opinions are my own and I wasn’t required to write a positive review. © 2020 by Doug S., M.A.
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  • Conny Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    And we will not fully understand this story unless we understand the place from which it has come. That is why you need an atlas. Because some of what the Lord has to say to us, he has said using geography, John S. Beck writes in the introduction of his book, The Basic Bible Atlas: A Fascinating Guide of the Land of the Bible.~ What ~This one-hundred-and-seventy-six-page paperback targets those who want to have a better understanding of the lands mentioned in the Holy Bible. After a map and “And we will not fully understand this story unless we understand the place from which it has come. That is why you need an atlas. Because some of what the Lord has to say to us, he has said using geography,” John S. Beck writes in the introduction of his book, The Basic Bible Atlas: A Fascinating Guide of the Land of the Bible.~ What ~This one-hundred-and-seventy-six-page paperback targets those who want to have a better understanding of the lands mentioned in the Holy Bible. After a map and illustration list plus acknowledgments, the book is divided into two parts: Introduction to Geography and Putting the Story in Its Place. The ending includes notes, Scripture index, and an index of place names. The New International Version of the Holy Bible is referenced.In this book that focuses mainly on Israel and its surrounding areas, over sixty maps with illustrations explain the Old and New Testaments’ geographical locations relating to the stories they provide. The first part has an introduction to the atlas and Biblical world that includes the ancient Near East, regions mentioned in the Bible, and Israel’s major cities, towns, roads, zones, rainfall, seasons, culture, soils, and products. The second and larger section of the book is subdivided into eight chapters covering the creation, the exodus, conquests, the kingdom’s establishments, divisions, and exile, and when Jesus was living as well as church stories.~Why ~This is is a wonderful read as it is basic and too the point so the reader can pick a topic of the Old or New Testament and pinpoint on a map where it took place. I loved looking at the maps’ notes and learning that Israel covered 6,750 square miles, the Jewish people’s meandering route for forty years in the desert, where Samson lived and died, the travels of the Ark of the Covenant, the expansion of Jerusalem and its Temple, and Elisha’s history. Understanding the distances Jesus traveled and places He performed miracles were interesting as well as Paul’s many journeys.~ Why Not ~Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not be interested in an atlas that shows how God was and is always there, taking care of the beloved Jews and Christians. Others may wish there was more content to the discussions, but it is a basic synopsis.~ Wish ~I wish there were more stories of every person’s whereabouts in the Bible, but this would be a major task. Including an index by people’s names would be helpful for quick look-up. By accident, I noticed Susa (Nehemiah and Esther) was not listed in the index. I prefer all pronouns of God to be capitalized for reverence.~ Want ~If you are wondering how far Moses traveled, where Bethlehem is related to Jerusalem, or how the Word of God was spread in the New Testament, this is an excellent source of knowledge that will amaze you.Thanks to BakerBooks for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
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  • Aaron Lee
    January 1, 1970
    I recently spoke to a friend who is located in Brisbane, Australia. Upon realizing that I knew nothing about Brisbane and what it is like to live there, I decided to do some research on Wikipedia. While I had an immediate curiosity to learn about my current context, it is extremely important that Christians understand the geographical landscape of the Bible. Written by John A. Beck, The Basic Bible Atlas is a fascinating guide to the land of the Bible.About the AuthorJohn A. Beck is uniquely I recently spoke to a friend who is located in Brisbane, Australia. Upon realizing that I knew nothing about Brisbane and what it is like to live there, I decided to do some research on Wikipedia. While I had an immediate curiosity to learn about my current context, it is extremely important that Christians understand the geographical landscape of the Bible. Written by John A. Beck, The Basic Bible Atlas is a fascinating guide to the land of the Bible.About the AuthorJohn A. Beck is uniquely qualified to write this book for three reasons. First, he has taught courses in Hebrew and Old Testament for more than twenty-five years. Second, astoundingly, many of those years were spent teaching field studies in Israel, Jordan, and Egypt. Third, he currently spends most of his year writing and is a permanent adjunct faculty member at Jerusalem University College in Israel.The Lord’s Chosen LandThis 176-page paperback book is divided into two parts. Part 1: Introduction to Geography, provides an excellent overview of why this atlas is necessary and what makes Israel unique. He highlights how Israel was a small yet geographically diverse land. And he ends on the high-note that Israel was the Lord’s chosen land.Part 2: Putting the Story in Its Place, is ordered around an outline of the biblical narrative stories. They are (1) Creation, Fall, and Rescue Plan Stories, (2) Exodus, Wilderness,a nd Transjordan Stories, (3) Conquest, Divison, and Crisis Stories, (4) United Kingdom Stories, (5) Divided Kingdom Stories, (8) Exile and Return Stories, (9) Jesus Stories, and (10) Church Stories.These divisions in the atlas make it extremely useful for following along while reading the Bible. But they also make it easy to look up when researching the necessary geographical context of a passage.Our Very Real GodThe atlas is beautifully produced with full-color illustrations on nearly every page. The text blocks are interesting to read and show why every map is meaningful. A scripture index and index of place names are included at the end, making this an invaluable resource for further study.This atlas is better than any map or illustration you will find in a Study Bible. It will open your eyes to see the land of the Bible. And it will point you to our God who does real things in a real time and in real places. And he works in the real lives of his real people.I received a free copy of The Basic Bible Atlas in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Karl Dumas
    January 1, 1970
    A lot of people I talk with have trouble following the biblical narrative. And I have to include myself in that number. The maps that we use today have different names than those that were used in the thousands of years leading up to the time of Jesus. And by the time of Jesus, and then when Paul was making his missionary journeys, many of the names had changed again. John A. Beck has put together the facts that we need to know to be able to follow Gods story. He calls it a basic tool; I think A lot of people I talk with have trouble following the biblical narrative. And I have to include myself in that number. The maps that we use today have different names than those that were used in the thousands of years leading up to the time of Jesus. And by the time of Jesus, and then when Paul was making his missionary journeys, many of the names had changed again. John A. Beck has put together the facts that we need to know to be able to follow God’s story. He calls it a ‘basic’ tool; I think it’s much more than that. The Basic Bible Atlas: A Fascinating Guide to the Land of the Bible (Baker Books, 2020) is more than just a book of maps. Beck starts out by introducing the Atlas, and also the Biblical World.Using geography as the basis for his explanation, Beck starts with the Creation and the Fall, and then walks the reader through the Exodus story, and into the Promised Land. Many of us have read the Bible, but get confused as to distances, and to the geographic areas that are being discussed. It doesn’t seem to matter if we’re talking about the Garden of Eden, the time in Egypt, Israel’s time in the Promised Land, the divided Kingdom, Israel’s time in Exile, Jesus’ travels, or the later journeys of Paul, and even the 7 churches of the Revelation. This book, with its chronological divisions is an easy to follow guide. For people who are visual learners, this is an invaluable tool. Granted there is not as much information in this book as might be found in others, but for other than serious students ( think post-graduate level) of the bible, I think this is more than enough information, and it’s helpful that it is presented in an easy to read format, rather than an academic style which for most people would be just as confusing as if they were trying to piece things together for themselves based on the biblical text.I give this a solid A. The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for posting my own opinion on my blog. I was not required to write a positive review.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    A fascinating, colorful guide to the land of the Bible!I'm a little bit of a geography nut, so I was jumping up and down with glee when this book arrived.I actually have several biblical reference books from college, but those others are laid out more encyclopedia-style, with sections for maps, people, culture, etc. This new title is the first to add to my collection that focuses solely on the land of the Bible.Although having information on all those other topics is great, I love the fact that A fascinating, colorful guide to the land of the Bible!I'm a little bit of a geography nut, so I was jumping up and down with glee when this book arrived.I actually have several biblical reference books from college, but those others are laid out more encyclopedia-style, with sections for maps, people, culture, etc. This new title is the first to add to my collection that focuses solely on the land of the Bible.Although having information on all those other topics is great, I love the fact that this book concentrates purely on geography and is plastered with colorful maps on the majority of its pages.It helps so much to be reading about a time and place in history and then be able to consult a map to actually see where the locations are situated, instead of just shoving all that information into an "over there somewhere" pocket in your brain.I thought the author did a wonderful job organizing the material, too. After opening with an introduction to the atlas and the biblical world, he groups everything in a manner that makes so much sense for a beginning Bible student:Creation, Fall, and Rescue Plan StoriesExodus, Wilderness, and Transjordan StoriesConquest, Division, and Crisis StoriesUnited Kingdom StoriesDivided Kingdom StoriesExile and Return StoriesJesus StoriesChurch StoriesHonestly, even though the audience for this book isn't geared towards children at all, the groupings go so well with the flow of Bible readings that my daughter and I do throughout the year, I'm pretty certain we'll start integrating this book into our Bible time beginning in the fall!Packed full of great information without being overwhelming, this book is the perfect addition to your home Bible reference library! I received a free copy of this product from Baker Books Bloggers in exchange for writing a review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Jennie
    January 1, 1970
    If you have never studied the Bible lands, this new book The Basic Bible Atlas ~ A fascinating Guide to the Land of the Bible by John A. Beck, would be a great resource to have and start with. Understanding history plays a big role in our lives, whether you study it or not. The first part of the book will explore questions about where the promised land is located, how large it is, what are important things you need to know about this land and why did the Lord select Israel? The second part of If you have never studied the Bible lands, this new book The Basic Bible Atlas ~ A fascinating Guide to the Land of the Bible by John A. Beck, would be a great resource to have and start with. Understanding history plays a big role in our lives, whether you study it or not. The first part of the book will explore questions about where the promised land is located, how large it is, what are important things you need to know about this land and why did the Lord select Israel? The second part of the book helps you to identify major shifts in geography, changes that happened, and how those impacted us today by starting in Genesis through Revelation. “Like people throughout history, we are shaped by place. Who we are, how we think, and how we communicate are intimately bound to where we are from.”This is a well put together book, full of illustrations, details while referring back to the Bible. This was very interesting and informative at the same time. You might think studying and reading about geography and maps would be boring, but that is not the case with this book. “It is the story of God meeting real people in a real-time and place. And we will not fully understand this story unless we understand the place from which it has come. That is why you need an atlas. Because some of what the Lord has to say to us, He has said using geography.”This is a book we will use in homeschooling, as we study the Bible and locations.
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  • Benjamin Liles
    January 1, 1970
    When I think about the heritage of any group of people there's no other that I can say has a depth and beauty as those of the Hebrew faith. Beck does an amazing job with in-depth maps, pictures and explanations of places, people, and things that even though this isn't a comprehensive atlas, it gets the job done. For my wife and I we enjoyed going through this book, honestly. In our genuine faith of being more like our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Messiah, we believe this is a must have book for When I think about the heritage of any group of people there's no other that I can say has a depth and beauty as those of the Hebrew faith. Beck does an amazing job with in-depth maps, pictures and explanations of places, people, and things that even though this isn't a comprehensive atlas, it gets the job done. For my wife and I we enjoyed going through this book, honestly. In our genuine faith of being more like our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Messiah, we believe this is a must have book for those who see him as their Lord. As far as atlases go, and I have had at least one in my life, I enjoyed this a great deal. It shows you where David walked, where Solomon put the temple, both versions of Jerusalem under their very different reigns, maps that show the trips of Paul, at least one map showing the Exodus walk from Egypt, and the list goes on. It's an amazing book to have to help you understand the people of Israel. It's such a rich history that I believe could bless anyone who wanted to know more without having to spend an arm and a leg to go and see the land of Israel. What I'm getting at here is that I appreciate the work and the extent to which John Beck put into this to get it into our hands. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Baker Books for an honest and fair review.
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  • Jolene -
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed reading The Basic Bible Atlas by John A. Beck. Ive read the Bible through many times, but I never considered its geography beyond knowing general whereabouts of events. As expected, The Basic Bible Atlas provided many maps with illustrations and explanations. However, the spiritual insights from studying the land stood out most to me. At one point, the author discussed Abrahams story and the strain between the land promise and the reality of everyday life. (Pg. 50) I see the parallels I enjoyed reading The Basic Bible Atlas by John A. Beck. I’ve read the Bible through many times, but I never considered its geography beyond knowing general whereabouts of events. As expected, The Basic Bible Atlas provided many maps with illustrations and explanations. However, the spiritual insights from studying the land stood out most to me. At one point, the author discussed Abraham’s story and the “strain between the land promise and the reality of everyday life.” (Pg. 50) I see the parallels in my own present-day realities and the future promises of God. Chapter nine, Jesus Stories, rated as my favorite section of the book. It included insights into the land, people, and socioeconomic status of Galilee that gave me a new perspective on the Beatitudes. I recommend The Basic Bible Atlas: A Fascinating Guide to the Land of the Bible by John A. Beck to any Christian with an interest in Biblical history. Even those who have studied the Bible for years may find new insights by studying it from a geographical standpoint.Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.
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  • Bethany
    January 1, 1970
    The Bible is a wealth of information that you could spend your whole life studying, learning and growing from. In fact, I highly recommend that course of action! Although I have read through the Bible a few times, and completed various Bible studies, I recently went through The Basic Bible Atlas and learned a lot about the physical setting of the Bible.The Basic Bible Atlas walks you through the Bible with detailed, colorful maps and explanations. It makes the Bible come to life by showing that The Bible is a wealth of information that you could spend your whole life studying, learning and growing from. In fact, I highly recommend that course of action! Although I have read through the Bible a few times, and completed various Bible studies, I recently went through The Basic Bible Atlas and learned a lot about the physical setting of the Bible.The Basic Bible Atlas walks you through the Bible with detailed, colorful maps and explanations. It makes the Bible come to life by showing that the stories that many of us are so familiar with have locations that we can track (for the most part). Knowing where and how these events took place makes it feel more real, and also explains why some things happened the way that they did. I enjoyed the overview of the Bible, with details added in that I would not necessarily think about as I read my Bible. From Eden to the New Jerusalem, you will gain insight into the physical setting of the Bible that will make the stories you know and love come to life!I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Baker Books, in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Attention, teachers & mom friends! This Basic Bible Atlas is a new tool out by Baker Books, and it is phenomenal.This paperback 170-page book is definitely not your mothers atlas. Its lightweight, and sleek, and the cover illustration is colorfully modern, drawing you into this research book!I love how this book is set up inside; it contains TONS of color maps, and in 10 easy sections of Bible history. Sections like Divided Kingdom stories, Jesus Stories, Exodus stories, Church stories etc, Attention, teachers & mom friends! This Basic Bible Atlas is a new tool out by Baker Books, and it is phenomenal.This paperback 170-page book is definitely not your mother’s atlas. It’s lightweight, and sleek, and the cover illustration is colorfully modern, drawing you into this research book!I love how this book is set up inside; it contains TONS of color maps, and in 10 easy sections of Bible history. Sections like Divided Kingdom stories, Jesus Stories, Exodus stories, Church stories etc, make for easy searching. Plus, the teaching chapters accompanying the maps, along with helpful charts & keys, make this book a true gem. It’s a great title I’d love to pass on to each of my youth group teens, or middle school kids. But I kind of want to keep it for myself! 🙂If you’re looking for a Bible Atlas without the weight, and with fresh modern insights, this is a steal at just $16.99. I love my copy! *Honest review provided in exchange for a free copy of the book by Baker Books.
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  • MaryAnn Bell
    January 1, 1970
    The Bible tells the story of God meeting real people in a real time and place, yet we rarely wonder, Why there? Maybe we have a hard time even picturing where there is. To begin to fully understand the Bible, we must understand the geographical settings of Scripture and how each place participates in the biblical story. With its colorful maps and illustrations, The Basic Bible Atlas helps us do just that, so we can appreciate how place impacted events in the Bible. From Eden to Egypt, from the The Bible tells the story of God meeting real people in a real time and place, yet we rarely wonder, Why there? Maybe we have a hard time even picturing where there is. To begin to fully understand the Bible, we must understand the geographical settings of Scripture and how each place participates in the biblical story. With its colorful maps and illustrations, The Basic Bible Atlas helps us do just that, so we can appreciate how place impacted events in the Bible. From Eden to Egypt, from the promised land to Persia, from Bethlehem to the new Jerusalem, The Basic Bible Atlas is your ticket to explore the land of the Bible as never before.My Thoughts: This is a tool that every student, preacher, pastor or Bible teacher needs in their library. This valuable book is full of information that will help those studying the Bible. It has full-color maps and information that will help with studies. This book will not disappoint.
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  • Danielle Hammelef
    January 1, 1970
    I received a finished copy of this book from Baker's Books for an honest review. I requested to review this atlas because I've never traveled to any region mentioned in the Bible and when I read my Bible or listen to the Scriptures, I have no picture in my head of where they stories took place. Now I have colorful and detailed maps which show pathways the Biblical figures traveled, where important events occured, as well as the topography of the area. This atlas covers the entire Bible, from the I received a finished copy of this book from Baker's Books for an honest review. I requested to review this atlas because I've never traveled to any region mentioned in the Bible and when I read my Bible or listen to the Scriptures, I have no picture in my head of where they stories took place. Now I have colorful and detailed maps which show pathways the Biblical figures traveled, where important events occured, as well as the topography of the area. This atlas covers the entire Bible, from the Garden of Eden to where Paul was inspired and then wrote Revelations.I'd recommend this atlas for anyone studying the Bible, for church libraries, and for religious education teachers to have as a resource. It is more than just maps, but also has discusses how the people of the Bible were shaped by their locations, just as we are shaped by where we are from. God interacted with real people and this book makes them real to the reader.
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  • Floyd
    January 1, 1970
    A nicely done beginners Bible Atlas. The maps are slightly better than I might expect to find in a good study Bible, but the accompanying discussion adds significant value to the entire text for the lay student of the Bible. The book is not suitable for a scholars use, but it would be of significant help to a lay audience. In addition to being helpful for the lay believers library, it would make a good addition to a church or public library collection. It is small enough that it could fit into a A nicely done beginner’s Bible Atlas. The maps are slightly better than I might expect to find in a good study Bible, but the accompanying discussion adds significant value to the entire text for the lay student of the Bible. The book is not suitable for a scholars use, but it would be of significant help to a lay audience. In addition to being helpful for the lay believer’s library, it would make a good addition to a church or public library collection. It is small enough that it could fit into a briefcase or satchel along with the reader’s Bible. Keeping in mind the audience, the book easily deserves 5/5 stars.______________This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Maryann
    January 1, 1970
    As a history nerd I have always loved seeing maps and knowing about the regions where various events have happened throughout time. Basic Bibles with maps in the back, or study Bibles with maps and background right there with the passages you are reading, are great. However, unless you want to carry around a Bible the size of an encyclopedia, it is hard for them to include all the relevant information. The Basic Bible Atlas is a wonderful resource for anyone who also enjoys this type of As a history nerd I have always loved seeing maps and knowing about the regions where various events have happened throughout time. Basic Bibles with maps in the back, or study Bibles with maps and background right there with the passages you are reading, are great. However, unless you want to carry around a Bible the size of an encyclopedia, it is hard for them to include all the relevant information. The Basic Bible Atlas is a wonderful resource for anyone who also enjoys this type of information. It is divided into ten chapters that trace the events of the Bible from the Garden of Eden to Revelation. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Cover Lover Book Review
    January 1, 1970
    I am such a visual learner, so the illustrated maps included in this book (and the vivid descriptions) help me visualize the geographic details of the Bible. I can "see" the Exodus, where the Ark of the Covenant traveled, how far Jesus journeyed, etc. This atlas and guide are invaluable tools of learning and understanding.Just as a setting is so important in fiction stories, understanding the physical setting of the true stories of the Bible provides a richer and fuller understanding of the I am such a visual learner, so the illustrated maps included in this book (and the vivid descriptions) help me visualize the geographic details of the Bible. I can "see" the Exodus, where the Ark of the Covenant traveled, how far Jesus journeyed, etc. This atlas and guide are invaluable tools of learning and understanding.Just as a setting is so important in fiction stories, understanding the physical setting of the true stories of the Bible provides a richer and fuller understanding of the times.The maps (some are full-page) are clear, colorful, and fascinating, and inspires and encourages me to delve deeper into the Good Book! A Scripture index and an index of place names is also included (in the back of the book.)I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.
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  • Oak
    January 1, 1970
    The Basic Bible Atlas: A Fascinating Guide to the Land of the Bible is an informative book by John A. Beck about the geographical settings of the Bible. The author delves into different passages in the Old and New Testament, discussing the significance of their geography, and giving essential historic and cultural information about the places. The book is 6.9 x 0.4 x 9 inches in size, and each page has a pleasant glossy feel. Some of my favorite parts of the book were the sections focusing on The Basic Bible Atlas: A Fascinating Guide to the Land of the Bible is an informative book by John A. Beck about the geographical settings of the Bible. The author delves into different passages in the Old and New Testament, discussing the significance of their geography, and giving essential historic and cultural information about the places. The book is 6.9 x 0.4 x 9 inches in size, and each page has a pleasant glossy feel. Some of my favorite parts of the book were the sections focusing on the Early Church in Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem. I received this book for review.
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  • victoria
    January 1, 1970
    This book was beautiful writing and compelling to read with that also had a great way to help us to understand more of Scripture and connecting us to the Biblical land of God presenting with a great geographical and beautiful map and that will be giving and challenging us to adventure to history from the garden of Eden, Egypt, and Jerusalem. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. I received complimentary a copy of this book from Baker Books Bloggers for this review. This book was beautiful writing and compelling to read with that also had a great way to help us to understand more of Scripture and connecting us to the Biblical land of God presenting with a great geographical and beautiful map and that will be giving and challenging us to adventure to history from the garden of Eden, Egypt, and Jerusalem. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received complimentary a copy of this book from Baker Books Bloggers for this review”.
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