Monday, January 28, 2013

New Resource: Satellite Bible Atlas

There is a fabulous new resource available that I’m delighted to be the first to tell you about. For the last four years when teaching seminary and church groups in Israel, I’ve had as the class guide an outstanding resource that nobody else could buy. I joked with my last group that this book cost $3,640 because they could only get it by coming with me on the trip. The other option was to enroll as a student in one of the short- or long-term study programs at The Master’s College’s campus in Israel for even more money.sba500

Today, for the first time ever, you can purchase your own copy of the Satellite Bible Atlas. This new work by Bill Schlegel replaces the venerable Student Map Manual but is superior to it in many ways. One obvious advantage is that you don’t have to spend 60+ hours marking it before it is usable! All the historical markings are printed in bright colors on top of satellite map imagery.

Another advantage is that the commentary is on facing pages with the maps, so you have easy access to everything that is going on. If you want more, you can download the free, 200-page expanded commentary, The Land and the Bible: A Historical Geographical Companion to the Satellite Bible Atlas.

This resource is ready for personal use, classroom use, and field trip use. The author, Bill Schlegel, has been teaching college and seminary students in Israel for 25 years. Everything in the Satellite Bible Atlas is field-tested by a professor who knows God’s land and loves God’s Word.

Here are 7 more reasons I love the Satellite Bible Atlas:

1. The maps are full-size, full color, and full of rich detail of the hills, wadis, plains, and passes.

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2. There are 85 maps which means that every major historical event is covered, from Abraham to Paul. Too often the New Testament gets short-changed in atlases, but not here: the Satellite Bible Atlas has 9 maps for the life of Christ and 6 for the apostolic period.

3. The Satellite Bible Atlas includes 17 detailed topographical maps without historical markings. These are ideal for getting the best view of the terrain as well as both ancient and modern sites.

4. I fully trust the markings and the commentary. There are not many works in this field for which I can say that.

5. The north-orientation of the maps means there is no immediate learning curve as there was with the previous atlas we used which put east at the top. I put this atlas in the hands of my church group last year and they were immediately off and running. Several have commented to me in the last few weeks that they regularly use the Satellite Bible Atlas as they read the Bible.

6. The atlas comes with a free copy of all the maps in digital (jpg) format. You will receive a link to download the maps with your order confirmation.

7. For $30, plus $3 shipping and tax where applicable, you get an excellent atlas at an outstanding price. (For an additional discount on purchases of 10 or more copies, contact us.)

Check out the sample maps, the table of contents, endorsements, teaching videos, and the free downloads. You can order here.

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6 Comments:

  • Todd: Is there a way to buy just number 6, i.e.,the digital maps only?

    By Blogger Mike Caba, at Mon Jan 28, 09:55:00 AM  

  • Mike - not yet. There are a few possibilities that are being considered along those lines. You might check back with me in a month or two.

    By Blogger Todd Bolen, at Tue Jan 29, 09:50:00 AM  

  • Looks great. How does it differ from the Holy Land Satellite Atlas? or is it a newer edition? http://blog.bibleplaces.com/2006/11/holy-land-satellite-atlas-and-cd.html

    By Blogger Bill, at Tue Jan 29, 10:55:00 AM  

  • They both have maps using satellite imagery, but the Satellite Bible Atlas has (1) historical markings on the maps showing the biblical events; (2) extensive commentary about those historical markings.

    The Holy Land Satellite Atlas is focused more on seeing the land itself; the Satellite Bible Atlas puts the events in the context of the land. But the 17 maps in Section 1 also provide a clear view of the land without any markings.

    By Blogger Todd Bolen, at Tue Jan 29, 11:03:00 AM  

  • Thank you for the information and thank you to the author for his wonderful teaching tool representations.
    good luck

    By Blogger jean, at Thu Jan 31, 02:53:00 AM  

  • Todd: Got it, worth it. Thanks for the tip.

    By Blogger Mike Caba, at Fri Feb 01, 10:06:00 AM  

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