Ever wanted to see a map of cities with Christian Churches to A.D. 100? A chart comparing and contrasting couples in love in the Bible? An overview of the Levitical Offerings?
Well now you can! In Nelson’s Complete Book of Bible Maps and Charts, 3rd Edition. And yeah, it has the more “common” stuff, too…
This book is a biggie – over 450 pages of content.
It has a plethora of amazing maps, charts and tables, which would be a great resource for your home study, a Sunday School class, or small group study. The charts are full-color, most are a clean full-page layout, and they’ve even made them available as .pdf files online!
The maps are beautiful, and show the locations of numerous events, places, journeys, and stories in the Bible. The only thing I would have wished for here was a little more modern comparison – what occupies that space TODAY, not just what ancient city was it near.
There are amazing charts and diagrams, which pull together a lot of facts in a handy reference. Everything from the women of the New Testament, to the prophesies of Christ, to the images of God in the Psalms.
This is without a doubt the highlight of the book, in my opinion. These charts pull together facts in an easy to find way, saving you hours of research time (or giving up) when you say to yourself, “wasn’t there another church Paul founded with Barnabas?” (Okay, we’re admitting we are total nerds. But yeah, we do have those kinds of conversations around here).
There is also a lot (a LOT) of text , which I find more problematic.
It provides the basic information about each book – date written, author, outline, etc. But there is a lot more, including summaries and explanations, that seems to veer dangerously close to creating a “Cliff Notes: The Bible”.
This is definately a book any serious (or curious) Bible student should have on their shelf.
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