Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Understanding the Land of the Bible by O. Palmer Robertson

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Understanding the Land of the Bible
by O. Palmer Robertson

ISBN-13: 9780875523996
Paperback: 158 pages
Publisher: P & R Publishing
Released: April 1, 1996

Source: Bought from Christianbook.com.

Book Description, Modified from Back Cover:
Was there something special about the places God chose to stage his marvelous works of redemption or could these events have happened just anywhere? O. Palmer Robertson gives Bible students a guided tour of the Holy Land. He explores the mountains, plains, valleys, rivers, and cities of Scripture. This guide also includes a chapter on climate and vegetation, as well as archaeological notes by John D. Currid.

My Review:
Understanding the Land of the Bible is a Bible atlas of sorts. The author described the land in terms of rainfall, terrain, location, and such as you'll find in many Bible reference books. As each area, river, plain, valley, mountain, or city is discussed, we're also told of the various biblical events that occurred on that spot. This helps to pull together the history of the spot in a way you probably won't get from simply reading the Bible.

The book description implies that the author will explain why these events happened in these specific spots, presumably due to their location or geography. He only really did this for "why did God chose the Levant as the Promised Land?", "Why did David choose Jerusalem as his capital city?", and "Why did Jesus choose Capernaum as his 'home base' spot for his ministry?"

If you're looking for a quick read or reference guide where you can look up a spot to learn what events happened there, then this book will probably fulfill your need. The maps are plain and black-and-white, though, so another book will serve better if you're looking for a Bible atlas.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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