The design, construction, and format of the ESV Bible Atlas is stunning. The ESV Bible Atlas is made with a sturdy hardback cover, and designed so that pages can lay flat without detaching from the spine–always a good sign of quality construction. An atlas cannot, obviously, present its maps, pictures, and charts well if it does not easily lay flat without damaging the spine.
The ESV Bible Atlas then combines its durable construction with thick, overlaid, and glossed pages that allows its maps, images, and charts to stand out brilliantly from the page. From top to bottom the book is well made, and will serve its purposes for years to come.
But beyond its design, the content of the ESV Bible Atlas is likewise exceptional. Featuring historical, modern, and scientific maps produced by advanced satellite technology the Atlas brings the Biblical world alive in ways that no other atlas has done before. The maps are brilliant in color, and provide detailed locations with precision and while never overloading anyone map with too much information. Map topics range from average monthly rainfall, to modern excavation sites, and from David’s Kingdom to today’s disputed territories.
The written content of the ESV Bible Atlas is also outstanding, and leads the reader through the historical, modern, and scientific geography of the biblical lands. Written by and arranged by one of today’s leading OT scholars, and a professional cartographer, this atlas is both visually appealing and highly informative
A number of Charts, Appendixes, and Indexes also accompany the atlas including:
- Timeline of Biblical History
- The Kings of Israel and Judah
- The Herodian Dynasty
- Place-Name Indexes for Historical and Regional Maps
- Index of Known Biblical Sites
- Scripture Index
- Special Articles
- Illustration Index
- Map and 3D Map Index
All the key methods of presenting Bible geography and history are here, including more than 175 full-color maps, 70 photographs, 3-D re-creations of biblical objects and sites, indexes, timelines, and 65,000 words of narrative description. The atlas uniquely features regional maps detailing biblically significant areas such as Egypt, Mesopotamia, Italy, and Greece. It also includes a CD with searchable indexes and digital maps, and a removable, 16.5 x 22-inch map of Palestine.