“The Basic Bible Atlas, A Fascinating Guide to the Land of the Bible,” by John A. Beck

“The same God who created the entire world selected one specific part of it to play a key role in saving it,” wrote John Beck, author of “The Basic Bible Atlas, A Fascinating Guide to the Land of the Bible,” “The land of Canaan is the Lord’s chosen land.”

This book a must-have reference for those who study the Bible both personally and/or professionally. The maps are helpful and informative, and informational text allows readers to place Biblical events …and know a little bit more about why God chose these locations as the center of the Biblical history. This book has been carefully written so anyone seeking to understand more about Scripture will be able to comprehend and apply it.

This book, broken into two parts, begins with an “Introduction to Geography,” informing readers with an “Introduction to the Atlas” and an “Introduction to the Biblical World.” This section includes an explanation of the type of land and significance of the geography, seasons, culture and rainfall have as the backdrop of Biblical history. “No single picture captures the great geographical diversity of the promised land, a land that changes quickly and substantially over short distances,” Beck wrote. There are multiple maps of the same stretches of land, to help readers both textually and visually understand the setting of Biblical history better. 

The second part of the book, “Putting the Story in Its Place,” consists of ten chapters. Starting with “Creation, Fall, and Rescue Plan Stories,” and ending with “Church Stories,” each chapter tells the historical story of the Bible, alongside the visual maps allowing readers to have a better understanding of what happened, and where. “The geographical journey in Genesis begins in the garden of Eden, moves beyond the garden looking for a pathway back to paradise, and final settles in Canaan,” Beck explained, “the promised land becomes a character within the story of salvation whose fortunes will help us trace the ups and downs and the divine rescue plan.” 

I highly recommend this book to all who read Scripture daily. It’s an invaluable resource to help us all understand our faith better. 

Click here to purchase a copy of “The Basic Bible Atlas.”

(I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.)

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