Friday, March 6, 2020

Book Review: The Basic Bible Atlas by John A. Beck

About the Book:

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:

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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