Carta vs others
Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:18 PM
What is the benefit of these resources compared to the Accordance Atlas or an assortment of Bible dictionaries? What need is uniquely met by the Carta atlases?
Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:25 AM
I hope users will reply with their own impressions.
Posted 27 November 2012 - 08:57 AM
Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:34 AM
The Carta atlas The Sacred Bridge, on the other hand, provides a wealth of information related to the topography, geography, history, and climatology of the biblical lands. Generously illustrated with maps, diagrams, and pictures, the module is nonetheless primarily a compendium of information—communicated predominantly in written form rather than visual—related to the biblical lands. It is not a beautiful collection of maps (although many of its maps are excellent), nor are the locations on its maps searchable. It does, however, provide much more in-depth discussions than you will find in Bible dictionaries.
Personally, I find The Sacred Bridge (the most extensive of the Carta atlases; I own one or two of the smaller volumes in Accordance, but I rarely utilize them) and the Accordance Atlas to complement each other quite nicely. When I wish to quickly locate a biblical site, I search for it in the Atlas (or amplify from the text I'm studying). Need to calculate the distance between two or more biblical cities or check the elevation? The Atlas allows me to easily do so. Want to trace possible routes of the Exodus or create my own custom route? The Atlas is unparalleled. Yet if I want to know why a certain city was important in ancient times (or even central in a biblical narrative), I pull up The Sacred Bridge. The extensive, in-depth discussions in The Sacred Bridge take a critical, yet respectful, approach to the biblical text and draw on numerous ancient and modern sources.
If I didn't currently own The Sacred Bridge, I'd pick it up today, what with the current sale.
Edited by Sean R., 27 November 2012 - 09:42 AM.
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Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:05 AM
I bought the Carta Select Combo when it first came out. I lead tours to the Bible Lands and wanted an in-depth source I could keep on my iPad while I travel. I have also taught Bible Geography. The best way I can put it is that Sacred Bridge is the BDAG of Atlases. It is THE source one would want to quote. On a personal level I believe The Quest by Leen Ritmeyer is unparalleled. If you are wanting basic information the Atlas and accompanying Photo Guide are excellent. If you desire a scholarly discussion Sacred Bridge is the standard. And, though not asked, if you want an extensive set of photos and maps one cannot find a better set than Todd Bolen's new updated Pictorial Library of the Bible Lands.
Hope this helps,
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