ATLAS OF THE BIBLE EXPLORING THE HOLY LANDS

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ATLAS OF THE BIBLE EXPLORING THE HOLY LANDS

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INTRODUCTION

THE GEOGRAPHY OF THE BIBLE FROM GENESIS TO THE GOSPELS

No other book has been of greater influence on the development Of Western civilization than the Bible. It is the foundational text of Judaism and Christianity and accepted as divinely inspired scripture by Islam. But the Bible is also a superbly geographical narrative. Its stories take place across the full breadth of the ancient Near East, particularly the crescent-like territory curving from Egypt and Israel to Syria and Mesopotamia (today's Iraq), which scholars refer to as the Fertile Crescent At the center of this crescent lies a narrow strip of land that was alternatively known as Canaan, Israel, Judea, and Palestine. A bottleneck in the principal trade routes between Egypt and Mesopotamia, this narrow ribbon became the Holy Land from where both Judaism and Christianity would emerge.

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  • Language : English
  • Single Issue Magazine : 112 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1547843950
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1547843954

Across the vast canvas of the Fertile Crescent, the Bible presents us with a dazzling portrayal of battles, conquests, and tribal migrations. Empires rise and fall; mighty cities are built and destroyed; and floods, drought, and other natural disasters wipe away the labor of generations. At the same time, this region is shaped by great civilizations: from Egypt and Assyria to the world of Greece and Rome, all of which produced great works of literature. But none of these literary works rivals the religious depth, longevity, and moral relevance of the Bible. The reason, perhaps, is that the biblical narrative is fundamentally the story of families—of men and women who set out to fulfill their destinies in a world bequeathed and ruled by God. It is the very human quality of these stories that contributes to the Bible's enduring appeal.