Daily Archives: March 19, 2010

A new Bible atlas

For the past three weeks I have had the opportunity to consult The New Moody Atlas of the Bible by Barry J. Beitzel.
The New Moody Atlas of the Bible
This work is a revision of The Moody Atlas of the Bible, published in 1985. This edition is a worldwide co-edition organized and produced by Lion Hudson in Oxford, England. You surely have seen some of their beautiful work in other publications. The USA edition is published by Moody Publishers. Many high quality books today are printed in the Orient. This one was printed in China. Amazing, isn’t it.
I don’t intend this as a review, but I am impressed with the clarity with which Beitzel discusses controversial material. In “The Route of the Exodus” he clearly discusses the historical background, the geographical setting, searching for Mt. Sinai in Saudi Arabia/South Jordan, searching for Mt Sinai in the northern Sinai peninsula, and searching for Mt. Sinai in southern Sinai. Pros and cons of the various positions are briefly set forth. No, I won’t tell!
This atlas sells for $49.99. I wish the publisher would sell it for $50. Does that one cent difference make anyone think they are getting a bargain? Amazon currently has the book for $31.49 (there we go again) from this link: The New Moody Atlas of the Bible.
Beitzel, with degrees from Dropsie, Fuller, and the University of Pennsylvania, is professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.