Sunday, August 22, 2010

Weekend Roundup

Two articles that I contributed made it to the “Most Viewed” list over at The Bible and Interpretation.  Both articles are brief and challenge current thinking:
Probably the most important work of historical geography ever written is The Sacred Bridge, by Anson F. Rainey and R. Steven Notley.  At $100, you may need convincing that it’s worth the sacrifice.  I look at it this way: take the number of years left in your life and divide $100 by that.  It is worth a few bucks a year to have such an extensive reference tool at arm’s length.  Leen Ritmeyer has posted a brief review of the book on his blog.  If you don’t need the original languages, you can cut the price in half by purchasing Carta’s New Century Handbook and Atlas of the Bible.

If you’d like a free classic to offset the expensive purchase, you can download the entire work of George Adam Smith’s Historical Geography of the Holy Land (pdf).  This is the 4th edition (of 26!), but as far as I know, the content is largely the same.  I am not sure if residents outside the US have access.

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  • Not sure about $100 for the Sacred Bridge (I'll ask my library to get it); but a free PDF download of Smith is a wonderful deal.

    By Blogger David Hansen, at Sun Aug 22, 10:19:00 AM  

  • Sadly the Historical Geography of the Holy Land is NOT available here. Any chance someone who has a pdf copy might do the rest of us the service of uploading it to

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sun Aug 22, 12:16:00 PM  

  • I found the 1902 9th edition here on Google Books:

    Even better, the __? edition of 1915 is on here:

    Perhaps one of these links will work for Tim and others in the larger world...

    By Blogger MGVHoffman, at Sun Aug 22, 03:44:00 PM  

  • The link posted by mgvh is for a different book (an atlas). has the 4th edition here of the Historical Geography of the Holy Land here:

    By Blogger Todd Bolen, at Mon Aug 23, 07:00:00 AM  

  • I wasn't paying attention there, Todd, that the one was the Atlas. I did find the 1908 14th edition on here:

    By Blogger MGVHoffman, at Mon Aug 23, 09:53:00 AM  

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