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Carta's The Sacred Bridge (Second Emended and Enhanced Edition)

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The Sacred Bridge will be the Bible Atlas of Record and Standard Work for the coming decades. Exhaustive in scope and rich in detail, with its comprehensive documentation of the Near Eastern background to Biblical History, this Bible Atlas from Carta is one more stepping stone on the way to the study and understanding of the Holy Scriptures.

To meet the need for clear and accurate information, Professors Anson F. Rainey and R. Steven Notley have now come forward with an atlas that traces the course of Near Eastern history from the Chalcolithic Age (c. 3500 BCE) to the defeat of Bar Kochba's fighters and their retreat to the caves east of En-gedi. The Atlas provides 300 state-of-the-art maps to show as far as possible in terms of modern knowledge the changes and historical processes that affected the lands of the Bible. Included are all historical and biblical episodes that can be depicted cartographically—migrations and settlements, battles and conquests, the location and detailed movement of individual historical and biblical characters. In addition, The Sacred Bridge—Carta’s Atlas of the Biblical World draws on information from all known ancient sources-Egyptian, Assyrian, Greek, Roman and others—to reveal trade routes, economic determinants, and the development of international relations. Maps, many of them never before attempted, are presented chronologically, with extensive interpretive texts alongside. Finds, tools, artifacts, inscriptions and other documents from each period also appear in conjunction with the maps.

The ultimate usefulness of any complex reference work depends on its index and its bibliography, and The Sacred Bridge—Carta’s Atlas of the Biblical World provides everything that could be asked for in the way of organized assistance to the reader. Each person or site can be located. An invaluable chronological table correlates historical activity in the East (Mesopotamia and Anatolia), the southern Levant, Egypt, and the Greco-Roman West from 2800 BCE to the second century CE. The superb reference sections contain every article, book or document consulted.

New Testament geography, especially that of the Gospels, is interpreted in the light of the new understanding resulting from such discoveries as the Dead Sea Scrolls (e.g., the wider use of Hebrew as a social and religious vehicle than heretofore acknowledged). These refreshing insights serve to define geographical terms used in the New Testament and trace their origin. Documents are presented in their original languages and transcribed or translated into English. A special feature of this atlas is the insertion of these texts and their meaning within the narrative proper.

6/15/14 Update: This 2.0 version is an update to the 2nd Edition with corrections and updates. It also includes the Timeline from the endpapers.

The Sacred Bridge (Second Emended & Enhanced Edition)
Carta’s Atlas of the Biblical World

• Authors: Anson F. Rainey, R. Steven Notley
Publisher: Carta, The Israel Map and Publishing Company, Ltd

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July 11, 2014  |  9:56 AM   |    Fantastic (5)
In preparation to teach a Vacation Bible School class on the Sea of Galilee, I consulted several atlases both in print and in Accordance. Each of them have their own strengths and weaknesses. However, Sacred Bridge was by far the most helpful. The authors carefully and meticulously used both modern archaeological discoveries as well as ancient descriptions by sources like Josephus to paint a picture of each of the villages that dotted the shoreline of the lake.

This book/module is extremely well written, comprehensive and well documented. While the module is sort of pricey, you get what you pay for in this case.
January 24, 2013  |  6:56 PM   |    Fantastic (5)
This atlas is a pleasure to read. I was using it for the maps while reading 1 Maccabees and ended up reading all of the text in the atlas as well. It's very well written, which is particularly impressive since it's presenting a broad range of scholarly research. There are many references to primary and secondary literature, all appropriately hyperlinked in Accordance when possible, and relevant quotations are often included directly in the atlas itself. I expected this atlas to be helpful; I didn't know it would be so enjoyable. Highly recommended.