Biblica : The Bible Atlas

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Did you know that the Garden of Eden may have been located in the so-called Fertile Crescent, between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers? Or that Noah took 120 years to complete the building of his Ark? The Bible is not just an account of how a group of nomadic tribes who roamed what is now known as the Near East, or the Levant, coalesced into a nation in the Land of Canaan (modern Israel) on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It is primarily an incomparable source of written information that forms the historical foundation upon which are built the three great monotheistic religions - Judaism, Christianity and Islam. After the settlement of Canaan in 1200-1000 BC, the kingdom of Israel lasted for just two hundred years, split into Israel in the north and Judah in the south. Thereafter, it came under the sway of various powerful conquerors: the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Persians, and finally, in 63 BCE, the Romans.
Nevertheless, over the thousand years before the birth of Christ and the seventy years following it, this small, embattled nation produced the Bible, a work that is unmatched in its literary scope and in its influence on the Western world of the twenty-first century. The Bible is a vast epic, containing poetry and drama, legal precepts and practical guidance, spiritual insight and moral wisdom - all within the historical and geographical framework that is the principal concern of Biblica. Biblica maps the entire world of the Bible, from the Creation story related in the Book of Genesis to the travels of St Paul and the Apostles in the century after Christ. While some maps are necessarily speculative, there is a wealth of archaeological data to support extremely accurate details of exactly when and where many events took place. Written by a team of international writers and distinguished academics and bible scholars, and illustrated with more than 550 full-colour images from leading art galleries, museums, and collections from across the globe, Biblica: The Bible Atlas is the most authoritative and up-to-the-moment atlas of the Bible available in the world today.
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  • Hardback | 576 pages
  • Viking Australia
  • Hawthorn, Australia
  • 0670072036
  • 9780670072033