Monday, February 8, 2010

Review: "Bible Maps and Charts" is a must-have resource!

Are you studying Bible history? Are you studying the Old or New Testament? Are you doing Ancient and early Christian history? Have I got a supplement for you!

Nelson's Complete Book of Bible Maps and Charts is an amazing resource that is a must-have for anyone doing research or learning about the Biblical eras -- from the Old Testament on through the New Testament to the Epistles and Revelations.  This book is filled with great maps of the journeys of the Biblical figures as well as schematics of important buildings (for example, an approximation of Solomon's Temple footprint and a drawing of what it would have contained). In addition, there are charts of the story-lines, the principal characters, events and other important information for each book of the Bible.

One thing that is VERY cool is that Thomas Nelson publishers give reproducible copyrights to the owner of the book -- you can make up to 1000 copies of each map, chart, picture, etc as long as you aren't selling the copies or profiting from the content. And they thought of everything -- each map or chart is on it's own page for easy copying! There is also a link to online-sourcing for downloading pdfs of these pages; this makes it easy to include this information in powerpoint or other digital presentations.

Here's how Bible Maps and Charts approaches each book of the Bible:

• discussion of the traditional author (with any notes debating the authorship)
• approximates dates of time period covered
• themes and literary structure (including a chart outlining the text and an "at-a-glance" chart that explains topic, location and time-period)
• map(s) of the area discussed and any other charts of pertinent information

NOTE: for Catholics, this book will have differences from Church teaching in the book's interpretation of some of the scriptures as well as omitting various parts of the Bible. All quotes used in this book are from the New King James Version -- which is similar to, but not the same as, the Bible used by Catholics. BUT, don't let that dissuade you from using this book -- there is too much other good stuff in here.

I highly recommend this book for any student, teacher or class studying the Ancient times whether for History, Religion or Theology course-work. The only down-side to this book -- it's paperback-bound which means that we'll probably need to replace it at least once as I can see us refering to this book fairly frequently!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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