ReViews: Assessing Biblical Atlases
The New Moody Atlas of the Bible
By Barry J. Beitzel
(Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers, 2009), 304 pp., 118 maps, $49.99 (hardcover)
Zondervan Atlas of the Bible
By Carl G. Rasmussen
(Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2010), 303 pp., $39.99 (hardcover)
Reviewed by Harold Brodsky
Biblical atlases make fine gifts. Both the Moody and Zondervan atlases include attractive shaded relief maps and landscape photographs—illustrations that are likely to encourage browsing. But as reference works, they are becoming increasingly obsolete. Much like dictionaries, thesauruses and encyclopedias, it is usually easier to search for information online then to flip pages in a book. I can no longer recommend a Biblical atlas as a textbook for a college course or an adult study group.

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