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This atlas gives you incredible insights into your favorite Bible stories. See the Table of Contents at the bottom.
Dr. Paul H. Wright is President of Jerusalem University College (the Institute of Holy Land Studies) located on historic Mt. Zion adjacent to the old walled city of Jerusalem. He also teaches courses on the culture, history and geography of the lands of the Bible. Over the years Dr. Wright has led thousands of Christian college and university students, as well as adults, on field studies throughout Israel, the Palestinian territories, Jordan, Egypt and the Sinai, many to out-of-the-way places not normally seen by students of the Bible.
He is also an instructor in an advanced educational program for licensed Israeli tour guides at the Yad Ben-Zvi Institute in Jerusalem, and at Tantur, a Christian research center between Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Dr. Wright holds the BA degree in anthropology from Bethel College (now Bethel University), an MA degree in the history of ancient Israel from the Institute of Holy Land Studies, an MA degree in Old Testament from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and the M Phil and PhD degrees in Bible and Ancient Near East from Hebrew Union College. He is also an ordained minister and has, over the years, been an effective teacher in both adult and children's church ministries.
He and his wife Diane have lived in Jerusalem for fifteen years, and raised their two children there. They are active members of East Jerusalem Baptist Church, a small congregation that represents an active mix of dedicated people from all over the world who live and minister in Jerusalem and the surrounding area.
Dr. Wright finds his time in Jerusalem to be very fulfilling. "As a written record of God's work in the world, the Bible is a book that is quite real. It is a privilege to be able to explore the realities of the world of the Bible with so many students who are eager to learn on-site. There are clear connections between the ways that the people who lived in the lands of the Bible thought about God and organized their lives in ancient times, and how folks living in the same places respond to the Divine tug today. The longer I live in Jerusalem, the more I am learning to appreciate the consistent call of God on His people, and our responsibility to live whole lives that are characterized by shalom, the peace that only He can give."
sha'alu shalom yerushalayim, yishlayu ohavyich "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, may those who love you be at ease . . ." (Psalm 122:6)
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"It is a pleasure to recommend this atlas by the biblical scholar and experienced historical geographer, Paul Wright. Nothing is more important than the relationships of the great men and women of the Bible with God and with the land that God gave them. Wright provides the best possible introduction, with outstanding texts, maps, and photos, for the adventure of guiding the reader through the stories of the Bible."
Richard S. Hess, Ph.D., Earl S. Kalland Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Denver Seminary
More than 120 full-color maps, plus more than 50 photos and diagrams and family trees. Maps include lines to show the direction people traveled, along with helpful notes. Paul Wright's text gives Bible references and shows how knowing the Land of the Bible uncovers new details in the most beloved stories and people.
Introduction, p. 7
1.The Landed Context of the Biblical Story, p. 9
2. The Patriarchs and Matriarchs: Our Fathers and Mothers, p. 19
3. Moses: Showing Us the Way, p. 27
4. Joshua: Courage to Conquer, p. 33
5. Deborah and Yael: A Sweet Song of Victory, p. 38
6. Samson: Greatness Run Amuck, p. 42
7. Naomi and Ruth: The Way It's Supposed to Be, p. 46
8. David and Solomon: Our Legacy, p. 50
9. Rizpah: When Not-So-Little-Things Really Matter, p. 65
10. Ahab and Jehoshaphat: The Fine Line Between Failure and Success, p. 69
11. Elijah and Elisha: Going About Doing Good, p. 78
12. Jonah: Not on My Watch, p. 87
13. Isaiah: Vision for a Broken World, p. 92
14. Josiah: The Last Hope, p. 107
15. Ezra and Nehemiah: Courage to Start Over, p. 117
16. Esther: For Such a Time as This, p. 125
17. The Herods: Magnificent to a Fault, p. 131
18. John the Baptist: A Voice Crying in the Wilderness, p. 157
19. Mary and Joseph: Simple Lives Lived Extraordinarily, p. 167
20. Jesus: The Anointed One, p. 183
21. Pontius Pilate: The Enforcer, p. 209
22. Peter: Out in Front, p. 219
23. Paul: Living Under Grace, p. 232
24. John: Someone Who Deserved the Last Word, p. 250
Afterword, p. 259
Bibliography, p. 60
Index, p. 261
Greatness, Grace, and Glory [the original title of the book] anchors individual, biblical stories in real time and real place. Through Wright's careful study of the Bible and his exceptional descriptions the land, both major and minor characters are brought to life in their historical, cultural and geographical contexts. Without losing sight of the overarching biblical narrative, Wright expertly fashions this book to be used as both a history book and a Bible atlas, making it a valuable resource for any student of the Bible.
Cynthia Parker, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham UK. Teaches in Israel.
This is a terrific volume for reading the Bible and its cast of characters in context. The combination of text and illustration is wonderful. Among the chapters, I was particularly taken with the treatment of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz, and the way that Wright was able to take these "minor" characters and assist readers in a fuller grasp of a classic tale.
Dr. J. Andrew Dearman, Professor of Old Testament, Associate Dean, Fuller Theological Seminary
By depicting biblical movements of faith and life within their geographical and historical contexts, Greatness, Grace & Glory [the original title], provides an invaluable resource for biblical readers and scholars seeking to "walk the Bible" with informed and realistic imagination. Dr. Paul Wright's expert analysis and beautiful photography that accompanies the vivid maps provide the kind of insight that helps anyone who reads, studies, or teaches the Bible understand and appreciate the drama of Scripture filled with the actions of immigrants, invaders, refugees, tyrants, captives, and missionaries on the stage of the biblical lands and seas. Linford Stutzman, PhD, Director Biblical Lands Educational Seminars and Service, Eastern Mennonite Seminary
If you're looking for a resource that really gives you a "feel" for what's going on as you read the Bible, here it is. Combining first-hand expertise in the historical-geographical settings of the Bible with keen spiritual and theological insight, Paul Wright takes us on a journey through the pages of redemptive history. The biblical characters come to life against the backdrop of their own time and place and their faith-journey illuminates our own. I highly recommend this unique atlas of biblical biography.
Dr. Larry R. Helyer, Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies, Taylor University, Upland, IN
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