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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic; First Edition edition (November 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426201389
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426201387
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 9.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The scope of the biblical world is large, but this mass of history is concisely packaged in The Biblical World: An Illustrated Atlas. Like most National Geographic material, the work is professional, thorough, and geared not to scholars but to the average person. Readers will enjoy the balance between the visual and the verbal. The visual component includes photos, artwork, archaeological images, and, of course, maps. The photos are prolific and in full color. The maps, numbering slightly more than 45, are typically large, with plenty of detail. Like many biblically based atlases, the verbal portion of the volume consists largely of a retelling of scripture, with occasional insights that a scholar can offer.  The atlas is organized by biblical chronology, complete with a running time line across the bottom of roughly half the pages. The time line spans from about 9000 BCE to 392 CE. Numerous sidebars are scattered throughout the volume, highlighting topics related to the corresponding text. Among the subjects addressed in the sidebars are Assyrian astronomy, the secret of Hezekiah’s Tunnel, the dating of the Exodus, and what Jesus may have looked like. The volume concludes with an index of moderate length and a list of further-reading suggestions for each of the book’s 11 chapters. The tone and appearance of the atlas suggest an audience that may not wish to get bogged down in technical information. Its photos and maps are pleasing to the eye and serve to break up (and complement) the text in a well-balanced manner. This combination makes The Biblical World a user-friendly tool for a nonacademic library collection. Those looking for a wider selection of maps—even those highlighting less-significant biblical events—may prefer The Carta Bible Atlas, previously, The Macmillan Bible Atlas (1993), which boasts more than 250 maps. --Wade Osburn

About the Author

Jean-Pierre Isbouts holds a Ph.D in archaeology and art, and is currently Professor of Culture and Media Studies at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA. He is the writer and producer of four programs that explore the legacy of the Bible, including the award-winning television mini-series The Quest For Peace.

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Jean-Pierre Isbouts is a historian, bestselling National Geographic author, and award-winning screenwriter and film director. A humanities scholar, his research has been devoted to biblical archaeology, Renaissance Florence and 19th century Europe. He also serves as graduate professor in the doctoral programs of Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA.

To contact the author for an interview, or to request his appearance at your event, please send an email to Pantheon Press at clabrador@pantheonTV.com.

PERSONAL
Jean-Pierre is a full-time author, filmmaker and graduate professor in two doctoral programs at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara (www.fielding.edu). In his spare time (or what's left of it), he likes to discover new places in Asia and the Middle East with his wife Cathie, a production executive. The father of four children, now in their mid-20's and early 30's, and grandfather of two beautiful boys (with a third of the way), he and Cathie live in Santa Monica with a furry child named Katie, a highly opinionated Labrador Retriever.

BIOGRAPHY
Jean-Pierre was born in Eindhoven, Holland and studied Attic Greek and Latin before continuing in archaeology, art history and musicology at Leyden University. He completed his doctoral research on the 19th century architectural firm of Carrère & Hastings at Columbia University in New York. He then joined the American Council for the Arts (ACA) in New York City, active in a number of Federally funded arts programs. ​

​In the 1990's, he founded the ArtSpace studio in Los Angeles, a unit of American Interactive Media, and produced a number of programs on Renaissance and 19th century art as part of the Great Art Series; many of these were subsequently translated in seven languages. He later served as Managing Director of Philips Interactive Media Europe, a joint venture with Polygram, from its head offices in London, UK.

​As a musicologist, Dr. Isbouts has produced recordings of Bach, Corelli, Handel, Tchaikovsky, Satie, Franck and Debussy with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, and other soloists and ensembles.​

An award-winning filmmaker, Jean-Pierre has directed stars including Leonard Nimoy, Charlton Heston and Dick van Dyke, working with Hollywood studios such as Disney, Castle Rock Entertainment, Hallmark and Agamemnon Studios. His TV programs have been broadcast on ABC, A&E, CNBC, History Channel, Hallmark Channel and PBS stations, as well as scores of television networks in Europe and Asia.

​His first book, "Charlton Heston's Hollywood," was published in 1998. Based on many hours of interviews with Charlton Heston, the book chronicles the astonishing transformation of post-war American cinema through the eyes of the only actor whose career spanned from Cecil B. DeMille to James Cameron.

​In 2007, National Geographic Books published his first major work, "The Biblical World," which became a worldwide bestseller, and the first of several books for National Geographic Society. The success of "Biblical World" was followed by the 2012 publication of "In the Footsteps of Jesus", a fresh reconstruction of the world of Jesus, using the latest insights from biblical archaeology, market economics and forensic sociology. "Footsteps" sold over a 100,000 copies in the first 8 weeks of release--an unprecedented record for a large hard-cover book at a $40 price point.

​In 2013, Jean-Pierre wrote his in-depth study of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa ("The Mona Lisa Myth"), written with Dr. Christopher Brown, published in November of 2013. The film rights of this book have been optioned, with a motion picture release expected in mid-2014.

Also in November of 2013, National Geographic Books published Jean-Pierre's "Who's Who in the Bible," a major reference work comprising over 2,000 men and women in the Hebrew Scriptures and New Testament. Previously, he served as the Editor-in-Chief of two multimedia encyclopedias, Bertelsmann's Lexikon and Standaard's Encyclopedie.

Jean-Pierre is represented by Global Lion Intellectual Property Management, a literary agency based in New York, Los Angeles and Florida.



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Another great book to help understand all we read in the bible.
Marilyn Cathers
Full of beautiful pictures,photos maps and filed with very Interesting facts on life in bible times.
Petey Wheat
I recommend it as a great companion for Bible Studies and lessons.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Petey Wheat on December 10, 2007
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This Is unlike any bible atlas I have read before.It Is a great book to read, especially In these times. we today could learn a lot from the past, and this atlas Is a great place to start. It reviews the history, geography and culture of the holy land.Full of beautiful pictures,photos maps and filed with very Interesting facts on life in bible times.It Is written from a non biased viewpoint, which should appeal to all, except those who take every story In the bible on face value. Highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By BRIAN A. O'DELL on May 1, 2010
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Published by National Geographic, this is a beautiful volume of explanatory text with scripture quotes which look in chronological order the world of The Bible (Hebrew Scriptures and New Testament). Within the texts are references to the latest 'digs' within archeological sites which correspond to various reference made in each chapter. Each chapter also has a timeline. Great, of course, are all the maps for each significant biblical time period and VERY detailed explanatory notes which connect to the text. Saving the best for last, all the many brilliant color photographs which one would expect to find in a National Geographic publication. This is really nice text to have when doing Bible study... or an enjoyable read, in and of itself, if you want to 'tackle' the Bible in a new way. A nice gift for yourself or a friend.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lucretia C. Davis on June 12, 2009
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The Biblical World an Illustrated Atlas. I was mesmerized when I saw this book at my niece's home. When I bought a copy for myself, I was completely satisfied. I plan to walk in the footsteps of Paul, visiting major stops on his three journeys. This book provided pictures, commentary, and historical references which will enhance my trip. I strongly recommend this book to anyone, especially biblical scholars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Williamson on February 5, 2009
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Outstanding ! A thumbs up all the way. The book is written in a very easy to read format with extensive use of old maps and pictures to support the time line of all the history. Well worth the history lesson and fun too !
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 14, 2012
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Wasn't for me, I found it contradicts what the Bible says and leaves out thing because saying Christ seems to be "controversial". So when doing a book on the Bible, it seems you would be able to say Christ or use Christ in it, but not this one, it was written by a non-Christian point of view. So I am returning it and getting a different Bible Atlas. This one did have a lot of pictures and maps that was good, but the phrasing in this one didn't really make any sense. It was a bit hard to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BJL on January 1, 2013
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Full of information, photos and drawings. Just what I wanted to supplement my Bible studies. The visuals are very interesting. Amazon's price much lower than publisher's or other sites.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen A. Callaghan on December 29, 2012
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Excellent condition. Well worth the price. One suggestion though. Don't put stickers on the binding. This was a very nice hard cover which I wish to display. The sticker on the binder was almost impossible to get off without marring the binder.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard S. Reynolds on November 19, 2010
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Obviously from the title of my review, I found this to be predictably a National Geographic book. The articles carefully tread between conservative (ie. Biblical literalism) and modern scholarship. The writing is good and the text very interesting.
The surprising thing for me was 1) how few maps there were, and 2) how different they are from my collection of National Geographic maps. While they were detailed between modern sites and ancient sites at the time being discussed, I found the coloring of the maps to be a little disconcerting and had a harder time reading them then the usual National Geographic map.
That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It is an interesting read, the photographs are as always magnificent, and the quality of the book itself is very good. It may not be the best Biblical Atlas, but it is worth the money
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