If you’ve been going through the three year Bible reading program with us, then you just finished Joshua. That’s filled with passages like:”then the boundary turns westward to Aznoth-tabor and goes from there to Hukkok, touching Zebulun at the south and Asher on the west and Judah on the east at the Jordan” (Joshua 19:34). Huh?
Unfortunately, most Bible atlases aren’t much help when it comes to visualizing what the text says. I came across one of the best when I was in seminary, and I would like to recommend it to you here. The “Macmillan Bible Atlas” is an invaluable resource when it comes to figuring out the Bible text. It includes hundreds of maps for both the Old and New Testaments. Here is an example:
Although I cannot say that the resource will present a conservative understanding of some dates and routes, you can still see why maps like this would be invaluable, especially for Old Testament study! And the best news is that you can find it used for around $10, and than includes shipping! Just check out the following links:
Of course, if you want the newest and best version, you can spend 5 times that amount!
Happy Bible study!
I had the privilege of co-editing a volume of essays that honor my close friend and mentor Dr. Maurice Robinson. It is actually available on Amazon, but it is very technical. Most of the essays support or suggest the viability of an alternate theory of New Testament textual criticism – the “Byzantine priority” theory. If you are interested in why this theory is important and what it means for our New Testament text, I would suggest reading this article by Timothy Friberg (a version of which was actually included in the volume). He summarizes much of Dr. Robinson’s work in such a way that a non-scholar can understand it.
If you happen to be interested in a summary of the articles in the volume, click here.