This new edition of the Oxford Bible Atlas, now with full-colour maps and illustrations, has been thoroughly revised to bring it up to date with regard both to biblical scholarship and to archaeology and topography. The Atlas will help readers of the Bible understand the contexts in which its stories are set and to appreciate the world from which it emerged and which formed its background. Maps show the geographical setting of the Bible's stories and reflect the successive stages of the Bible's accounts, while specially chosen full-colour illustrations bring the countries and their peoples to life. The accompanying text describes the land of Palestine, and its wider ancient Near Eastern and east Mediterranean settings. It outlines clearly the successive historical periods, and describes the major civilizations with which Israelites, Jews, and early Christians came into contact. There is also an illustrated survey of the relevance of archaeology for the study of the Bible. The Atlas provides a superb guide to the geography of the Holy Land throughout biblical history, from the Exodus period through to New Testament times.
Adrian Curtis is Senior Lecturer in Hebrew Bible at the University of Manchester.
THE SETTING ; The Text in Context ; The Lands of the Bible ; Climate, Flora, and Fauna ; Israel and the Nations ; THE HEBREW BIBLE ; The Setting of the Genesis Stories ; The Patriarchs in Canaan ; The Exodus and Wilderness Traditions ; The Stories of Joshua and the Judges, Samuel and Saul ; The Stories of David and Solomon ; Ancient Trade Routes ; The Kingdoms of Israel and Judah ; The Assyrian Empire ; The Kingdom of Judah ; The Babylonian Empire ; The Persian Empire ; Judah, Yehud, and Judea ; Alexander's Empire and its Aftermath: The Hellenistic Period ; Jerusalem in the 1st Millennium BCE ; THE NEW TESTAMENT ; The Kingdom of Herod and his Successors ; The Ministry of Jesus and the Beginnings of the Church ; The Roman Empire: The Background of the New Testament ; Jerusalem in New Testament Times ; Paul's Journeys ; The Cradle of Christianity ; ARCHAEOLOGY IN BIBLE LANDS ; Archaeology in the Ancient Near East ; Archaeology and the Bible