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Rose Then And Now Bible Map Atlas® With Biblical Background And Culture


Rose Then And Now Bible Map Atlas® With Biblical Background And Culture

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By author: Paul H Wright Ph.D.
ISBN: 9781596365346
Product Code: 165X
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Rose Atlas of Then and Now Bible Maps with Biblical Backgrounds and Culture is the only Bible atlas with a combination of—

  • 120 stunning detailed Bible maps
  • Clear plastic overlays of modern cities and countries so you know where Bible places are today.
  • Incredible insights into the lives of 30 important Bible characters. This Bible atlas focuses on people -- not regions -- and how the Middle East geography affected their lives and decisions.

Learn About the Holy Land From the Man Who Trains Israeli Tour Guides!

This best-selling Bible atlas was authored by Dr. Paul H. Wright, president of Jerusalem University College (Institute of Holy Land Studies). Over the years Dr. Wright has led thousands of university students and adults on field studies throughout Israel, the Palestinian territories, Jordan, Egypt and the Sinai, many to out-of-the-way places not normally seen by students of the Bible.

Paul Wright Gives You Amazing Insights into Bible Geography and Culture

  • Know how David's clever understanding of geography and politics led to his marriage with Ahinoam of Jezreel.
  • Discover why Naomi, in the Book of Ruth, couldn't just move back to Bethlehem after her husband's death and use his land again.
  • Find out why Moses and the Children of Israel took the long southern trek from Egypt to the Promised Land, rather than the direct route.

This atlas gives you incredible insights into your favorite Bible stories. See the Table of Contents at the bottom.


About the author, Dr. Paul H. Wright of Jerusalem University College:

Dr. Paul H. Wright is President of Jerusalem University College (the Institute of Holy Land Studies) located on historic Mt. Zion adjacent to the old walled city of Jerusalem. He also teaches courses on the culture, history and geography of the lands of the Bible. Over the years Dr. Wright has led thousands of Christian college and university students, as well as adults, on field studies throughout Israel, the Palestinian territories, Jordan, Egypt and the Sinai, many to out-of-the-way places not normally seen by students of the Bible.

He is also an instructor in an advanced educational program for licensed Israeli tour guides at the Yad Ben-Zvi Institute in Jerusalem, and at Tantur, a Christian research center between Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Dr. Wright holds the BA degree in anthropology from Bethel College (now Bethel University), an MA degree in the history of ancient Israel from the Institute of Holy Land Studies, an MA degree in Old Testament from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and the M Phil and PhD degrees in Bible and Ancient Near East from Hebrew Union College. He is also an ordained minister and has, over the years, been an effective teacher in both adult and children's church ministries.

He and his wife Diane have lived in Jerusalem for fifteen years, and raised their two children there. They are active members of East Jerusalem Baptist Church, a small congregation that represents an active mix of dedicated people from all over the world who live and minister in Jerusalem and the surrounding area.

Dr. Wright finds his time in Jerusalem to be very fulfilling. "As a written record of God's work in the world, the Bible is a book that is quite real. It is a privilege to be able to explore the realities of the world of the Bible with so many students who are eager to learn on-site. There are clear connections between the ways that the people who lived in the lands of the Bible thought about God and organized their lives in ancient times, and how folks living in the same places respond to the Divine tug today. The longer I live in Jerusalem, the more I am learning to appreciate the consistent call of God on His people, and our responsibility to live whole lives that are characterized by shalom, the peace that only He can give."

sha'alu shalom yerushalayim, yishlayu ohavyich "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, may those who love you be at ease . . ." (Psalm 122:6)

"In this integration of biography, history and geography, Paul Wright applies his considerable knowledge of the land to the life and times of people in both the Old and New Testaments. In his capable hands readers will see the characters of the Bible come to life in the context of the very real world in which they lived. Whether readers have been through the Bible fifty times or this is their first, the pictures, maps and extremely readable text will lead them to fresh insight into this greatest of stories."
Dr. John Walton, Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College

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"It is a pleasure to recommend this atlas by the biblical scholar and experienced historical geographer, Paul Wright. Nothing is more important than the relationships of the great men and women of the Bible with God and with the land that God gave them. Wright provides the best possible introduction, with outstanding texts, maps, and photos, for the adventure of guiding the reader through the stories of the Bible."
Richard S. Hess, Ph.D., Earl S. Kalland Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Denver Seminary

"This is a book that I would highly recommend for anyone looking for help understanding the role of the physical setting of the Bible, the cultural milieu across the centuries it covers, and the unique literary usage of place in the narratives of the both the Old and New Testament. Wright is to be commended for producing such a clear, nuanced, and accurate text, and Rose should be thanked for making it available to us in such an attractive and helpful format."
—J. Michael Thigpen, Executive Director of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS).
(His educational background includes a B.A. in Religious Studies from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; a M.Div. from Columbia International University; and a M.Phil. from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.) See the "review section" to read his full review.

Table of Contents: Rose Atlas of Then and Now Bible Maps with Biblical Backgrounds and Culture

More than 120 full-color maps, plus more than 50 photos and diagrams and family trees. Maps include lines to show the direction people traveled, along with helpful notes. Paul Wright's text gives Bible references and shows how knowing the Land of the Bible uncovers new details in the most beloved stories and people.

Introduction, p. 7
1.The Landed Context of the Biblical Story, p. 9
2. The Patriarchs and Matriarchs: Our Fathers and Mothers, p. 19
3. Moses: Showing Us the Way, p. 27
4. Joshua: Courage to Conquer, p. 33
5. Deborah and Yael: A Sweet Song of Victory, p. 38
6. Samson: Greatness Run Amuck, p. 42
7. Naomi and Ruth: The Way It's Supposed to Be, p. 46
8. David and Solomon: Our Legacy, p. 50
9. Rizpah: When Not-So-Little-Things Really Matter, p. 65
10. Ahab and Jehoshaphat: The Fine Line Between Failure and Success, p. 69
11. Elijah and Elisha: Going About Doing Good, p. 78
12. Jonah: Not on My Watch, p. 87
13. Isaiah: Vision for a Broken World, p. 92
14. Josiah: The Last Hope, p. 107
15. Ezra and Nehemiah: Courage to Start Over, p. 117
16. Esther: For Such a Time as This, p. 125
17. The Herods: Magnificent to a Fault, p. 131
18. John the Baptist: A Voice Crying in the Wilderness, p. 157
19. Mary and Joseph: Simple Lives Lived Extraordinarily, p. 167
20. Jesus: The Anointed One, p. 183
21. Pontius Pilate: The Enforcer, p. 209
22. Peter: Out in Front, p. 219
23. Paul: Living Under Grace, p. 232
24. John: Someone Who Deserved the Last Word, p. 250
Afterword, p. 259
Bibliography, p. 60
Index, p. 261

Endorsements for Greatness, Grace & Glory (The original/ first version of the Rose Bible Map Atlas with Biblical Background and Culture)

Greatness, Grace, and Glory [the original title of the book] anchors individual, biblical stories in real time and real place. Through Wright's careful study of the Bible and his exceptional descriptions the land, both major and minor characters are brought to life in their historical, cultural and geographical contexts. Without losing sight of the overarching biblical narrative, Wright expertly fashions this book to be used as both a history book and a Bible atlas, making it a valuable resource for any student of the Bible.
Cynthia Parker, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham UK. Teaches in Israel.

This is a terrific volume for reading the Bible and its cast of characters in context. The combination of text and illustration is wonderful. Among the chapters, I was particularly taken with the treatment of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz, and the way that Wright was able to take these "minor" characters and assist readers in a fuller grasp of a classic tale.
Dr. J. Andrew Dearman, Professor of Old Testament, Associate Dean, Fuller Theological Seminary

By depicting biblical movements of faith and life within their geographical and historical contexts, Greatness, Grace & Glory [the original title], provides an invaluable resource for biblical readers and scholars seeking to "walk the Bible" with informed and realistic imagination. Dr. Paul Wright's expert analysis and beautiful photography that accompanies the vivid maps provide the kind of insight that helps anyone who reads, studies, or teaches the Bible understand and appreciate the drama of Scripture filled with the actions of immigrants, invaders, refugees, tyrants, captives, and missionaries on the stage of the biblical lands and seas.
Linford Stutzman, PhD, Director Biblical Lands Educational Seminars and Service, Eastern Mennonite Seminary

If you're looking for a resource that really gives you a "feel" for what's going on as you read the Bible, here it is. Combining first-hand expertise in the historical-geographical settings of the Bible with keen spiritual and theological insight, Paul Wright takes us on a journey through the pages of redemptive history. The biblical characters come to life against the backdrop of their own time and place and their faith-journey illuminates our own. I highly recommend this unique atlas of biblical biography.
Dr. Larry R. Helyer, Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies, Taylor University, Upland, IN

If you want a Bible Atlas that goes beyond putting places on a map, this book is for you. I have used Rose's Then and Now Bible Maps PowerPoint for some time now to show me where things are or were located. It is a great tool for that. Doctor Wright has produced a unique and magnificent atlas framed around the events and people of the Bible. Each page contains pictures, maps, and discussions based around a central person or persons. It is well organized and easy to use, especially if you are studying a particular person or time during the Bible. It adds depth to any study along with other resources such as commentaries and dictionaries. I want to thank Rose Publishing for providing an advanced copy of this book for review. The copy was provided as a PDF file which is an exact digital image of the printed book. I will be adding this book to my reference library. It is indispensable.
Robert Bock, Rose reviewer and blogger

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by Retha
on 3/4/2014
Terrific Bible Map Atlas
Fascinating! Do you read the Bible and wonder what the weather was like, what type of soil the Israelites had to contend with or where exactly did these specific events take place? At a glance the Rose Then And Now Bible Map Atlas reveals these mysteries. Although the Israelites lived centuries ago, their lives and times become a reality when peering through plastic overlays of modern day maps on top of biblical maps centuries ago. The Old Testament timeline cleverly combines Bible history, time span markers and year markers. The Bible books are displayed according to the historical settings, not when the books were written. One of the maps that fascinated me the most was the one on Culture and Commerce in the Ancient Near East. In addition to the different trade routes, the map displays the different commodities by way of tiny images, e.g. for horse breeding, camel breeding, and where different mines were. The route travelled by Abraham took him through fertile lands with abundant water as well as the hard limestone and hill countries of Israel. His daily challenges to keep his tribe safe, such as finding grazing for his livestock, digging wells for water, and protecting it, becomes a reality with the different land context maps displaying the geography, the topical surfaces, and climate. Another example of the Bible Map Atlas’s uniqueness is a map highlighting events in the life of John, for example where he met Jesus for breakfast. Each chapter written on historical people and events contain relevant maps, tables, Bible passage references, and images. I highly recommend, the Rose Then And Now Bible Map Atlas for its uniqueness, researched information, relevance, and picturing the life and times of the Bible. It draws you in; you will spend hours in these pages without realizing it. Rose Publishing provided me with an advanced reader copy.
by Paul
on 2/25/2014
Should be on every shelf!
Another wonderfully made, helpful and encouraging resource from Rose Publishing. The Rose Then and Now Bible Map Atlas is a beautifully hardbound volume that belongs on the shelf of any Bible student today. This 272 page text book by PhD Phil H. Wright is packed with beautiful color photographs of the Middle East along with over 100 full color maps. There are eight plastic overlays that give the reader a great compare and contrast of ancient cities and regions with modern day countries. Dr. Wright uses the flow of the books of the Bible to shed insight on the lay of the land and it's associated ramifications during each period of Biblical history. Scholarly and robust articles explore the details of each period of history and paint a sweeping visual survey of the Bible for the reader. This is a great book and would make a wonderful gift to a high school graduate, heading off to Bible college and should be on the coffee table in any Christian home. Get yours today!
by Ann
on 10/9/2013
Map pages
Dr. Paul H. Wright, author of this book is the President of Jerusalem University College. He has lead many students on field studies throughout the territories of Israel and Palestine. A two-page spread shows an Old Testament Timeline from Genesis to 400 BC. The first chapter describes in detail the topography and climate of the land of the Biblical Story. Numerous scriptures sprinkle the pages pointing out facts verified in the scripture. Some large full page maps have sturdy clear plastic overlays of modern day. Places of interest include the Dead Sea with the salt formations, Shiloh settlement of Joshua and Mt. Carmel. Walk where Jesus walked and see photos of the Sea of Galilee, the shoreline of Capernaum, and what many believe to be the garden tomb of Jesus resurrection. The Bibliography is impressive with a least thirty-seven books and articles used to gather information for the book. The Index is very detailed covering seven pages. Book given for review.
by Micah.H
on 9/25/2013
Great Resource!
The Rose Then and Now Bible Map Atlas is a great (and very large) resource for Biblical culture and location study. It contains a large index for ease of use so people can access their desired topic more quickly. This book contains approximately two-hundred and seventy pages, with over 400 charts, maps and/or pictures (including a timeline) for very vivid detail regarding the topic that the reader may be researching. Plastic overlays show modern-day differences in the geography from that of ancient times. There are also large cultural studies that are based off of thirty characters , covering the Exodus, Jesus’ life, Paul’s Journeys, the Patriarchs, Isaiah’s vision, and so much more. This is a great resource for researchers or for those who merely desire to quickly see an overview of a certain character, culture, or chorography. So many other topics are discussed also, such as cultural traditions, politics, and interesting facts about the land and regions. This is a five star book.
by Robert
on 8/26/2013
Rose Then and Now Bible Map Atlas a review
Rose Then and Now Bible Map Atlas – A Review by Robert Bock If you want a Bible Atlas that goes beyond putting places on a map, this book is for you. I have used Rose’s Then and Now Bible Maps power point for some time now to show me where things are or were located. It is a great tool for that. Doctor Wright has produced a unique and magnificent atlas framed around the events and people of the bible. Each page contains pictures, maps, and discussions based around a central person or persons. It is well organized and easy to use, especially if you are studying a particular person or time during the bible. It adds depth to any study along with other resources such as commentaries and dictionaries. In Chapter Seven, Naomi and Ruth – The Way It’s Supposed to Be, several maps of the area shown in detail, but relates them to the story of Naomi and Ruth as told in the book of Ruth. It sites biblical references and the story is told in regard to the geographical and cultural settings of the time. This is not just a one page discussion, but covers four pages richly illustrated with photographs of the area as well as wonderful color maps. I want to thank Rose Publishing for providing an advanced copy of this book for review. The copy was provided as a PDF file which is an exact digital image of the printed book. I will be adding this book to my reference library. It is indispensable.
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Review by: Dr. John Walton, Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College - February 23, 2013
“In this integration of biography, history and geography, Paul Wright applies his considerable knowledge of the land to the life and times of people in both the Old and New Testaments. In his capable hands readers will see the characters of the Bible come to life in the context of the very real world in which they lived. Whether readers have been through the Bible fifty times or this is their first, the pictures, maps and extremely readable text will lead them to fresh insight into this greatest of stories.” This review was of the original edition, Greatness, Grace, and Glory, which did not have the clear plastic overlays. 
Review by: Andrew Vaugh, Executive Director, American Schools of Oriental Research - February 23, 2013
Paul Wright's book fills an important need in Biblical Studies and the historical background of the Bible. The engaging and well-written volume gives beginning students with an overview of key biblical figures. Pastors and advanced students of the Bible will find this an indispensable reference work for sermons and Bible studies. Specialists will love having the bountiful color illustrations, maps, charts, and accurate descriptions that one would expect from a Carta reference work gathered in one place. [It] is a must resource for all libraries and students of the Bible alike. (This review was of the original edition, Greatness, Grace, and Glory, which did not have the clear plastic overlays.) 
Review by: Dr. J. Andrew Dearman, Professor of Old Testament, Associate Dean, Fuller Theological Seminary - February 23, 2013
This is a terrific volume for reading the Bible and its cast of characters in context.  The combination of text and illustration is wonderful.  Among the chapters, I was particularly taken with the treatment of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz, and the way that Wright was able to take these “minor” characters and assist readers in a fuller grasp of a classic tale. (This review was of the original edition, Greatness, Grace, and Glory, which did not have the clear plastic overlays.)
Review by: Dr. Larry R. Helyer, Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies, Taylor University - February 23, 2013
If you’re looking for a resource that really gives you a “feel” for what’s going on as you read the Bible, here it is. Combining first-hand expertise in the historical-geographical settings of the Bible with keen spiritual and theological insight, Paul Wright takes us on a journey through the pages of redemptive history. The biblical characters come to life against the backdrop of their own time and place and their faith-journey illuminates our own. I highly recommend this unique atlas of biblical biography. (This review was of the original edition, Greatness, Grace, and Glory, which did not have the clear plastic overlays.) 
Review by: Linford Stutzman, PHD, Director of Biblical Lands Educational Seminars and Services, Eastern Mennonite Seminary - February 22, 2013
By depicting biblical movements of faith and life within their geographical and historical contexts, Greatness Grace & Glory [the original title], provides an invaluable resource for biblical readers and scholars seeking to “walk the Bible” with informed and realistic imagination. Dr. Paul Wright’s expert analysis and beautiful photography that accompanies the vivid maps provide the kind of insight that helps anyone who reads, studies, or teaches the Bible understand and appreciate the drama of Scripture filled with the actions of immigrants, invaders, refugees, tyrants, captives, and missionaries on the stage of the biblical lands and seas. (This review was of the original edition, Greatness, Grace, and Glory, which did not have the clear plastic overlays.) 
Review by: Yisca Harani, lecturer, consultant, researcher on Christian HIstory in the Holy Land - February 23, 2013
Tour guides in Israel and the in the Holy Land in general are constantly searching for ways and words to bring the local biblical history closer to the hearers and more intelligible to the minds of the country’s visitors. The book by Dr. Paul Wright suits this quest in many ways: it provides the knowledge through a biographical – historical narrative (an easier and more appealing “story telling” in the ocean of historical data), supported by references and maps which are primary tools for the tour guides work . Most tour guides are well informed and educated, yet this book suggests necessary and compelling guiding tools and techniques, besides the wealth of knowledge. In my position as a senior lecturer and an educator of tour guides on behalf of the ministry of tourism in Israel, I have recommended this book many times to be in the personal libraries of tour guides and more importantly — in their guiding bag while traveling around with their groups. (This review was of the original edition, Greatness, Grace, and Glory, which did not have the clear plastic overlays.) 
Review by: Cynthia Parker, Ph.D candidate at the University of Gloucestershire, UK/ Teaches in Israel - February 22, 2013
Greatness Grace and Glory [the original title of the book] anchors individual, biblical stories in real time and real place. Through Wright's careful study of the Bible and his exceptional descriptions the land, both major and minor characters are brought to life in their historical, cultural and geographical contexts.  Without losing sight of the overarching biblical narrative, Wright expertly fashions this book to be used as both a history book and a Bible atlas, making it a valuable resource for any student of the Bible.  (This review was of the original edition, Greatness, Grace, and Glory, which did not have the clear plastic overlays.) 
Review by: Robin Evans, Rose Publishing - May 3, 2013
"I think the Rose "Then and Now" Bible Map Atlas is the best product Rose has ever produced. The value is incredible. The price-value relationship is unbelievable. It's like Rose Publishing's Deluxe Then and Now book with 80 more maps -- for just $10 more."
Review by: Robert Bock, Rose reviewer and blogger - August 27, 2013
"If you want a Bible Atlas that goes beyond putting places on a map, this book is for you. I have used Rose’s Then and Now Bible Maps PowerPoint for some time now to show me where things are or were located. It is a great tool for that. Doctor Wright has produced a unique and magnificent atlas framed around the events and people of the Bible. Each page contains pictures, maps, and discussions based around a central person or persons. It is well organized and easy to use, especially if you are studying a particular person or time during the Bible. It adds depth to any study along with other resources such as commentaries and dictionaries. In Chapter Seven, "Naomi and Ruth – The Way It’s Supposed to Be," several maps of the area are shown in detail. [Each map] relates to the story of Naomi and Ruth as told in the book of Ruth. It sites biblical references and the story is told in regard to the geographical and cultural settings of the time. This is not just a one page discussion, but covers four pages richly illustrated with photographs of the area as well as wonderful color maps. I want to thank Rose Publishing for providing an advanced copy of this book for review. The copy was provided as a PDF file which is an exact digital image of the printed book. I will be adding this book to my reference library. It is indispensable."
Review by: J. Michael Thigpen, Executive Director of the Evangelical Theological Society , Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) - September 4, 2013
The Rose Then and Now Bible Map Atlas by Dr. Paul H. Wright is a tremendous new resource for students, pastors, and biblical scholars. As noted in the title, the atlas contains a well-known but under-appreciated feature, the integration of a clear modern- day overlay for the main maps. As many professors can attest, geography, even modern, is far from a strong suit of many students, and the integration of the ancient and modern map is definitely needed to help orient readers to where the biblical stories took place and how that connects with today's landscape. Beyond the expected features of any atlas-clear, visually compelling maps, timelines, and site photos-Wright's work displays a number of key strengths that flow from the unique combination of his educational background and his years of living in the land. First, the Atlas, shows a keen awareness of significant academic issues in the study of the land and brings those to light in a user-friendly way. The cautious comparisons of ancient pastoralists to traditional Bedouin is one prime example. Second, the work with its deep academic underpinnings in the modern study of history and culture, also displays a remarkably adept handling of the theological significance of the land in general and the setting of particular stories, as well as the literary use of geographical features in the various narratives of both the Old and New Testaments. Finally, it is clear from the photos, the comments on the sites, and the depth of knowledge that Wright's acquaintance with the land comes not just from decades of reading, but from years of living, studying, and teaching in the land. The first hand experience is evident on virtually every page. This is a book that I would highly recommend for anyone looking for help understanding the role of the physical setting of the Bible, the cultural milieu across the centuries it covers, and the unique literary usage of place in the narratives of the both the Old and New Testament. Wright is to be commended for producing such a clear, nuanced, and accurate text, and Rose should be thanked for making it available to us in such an attractive and helpful format.
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