Survey Of Biblical Lands

The Zondervan Pictorial Bible Atlas, edited by E. M. Blaiklock (Zondervan, 1969, 491 pp., $9.95), is reviewed by Wilbur M. Smith, professor of English Bible, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois.

We have in this attractively printed volume the work of a number of biblical scholars from outside our own country, including the editor himself, who is the emeritus professor of classics of the University College, Auckland, New Zealand. The articles on geology are written by D. R. Bowes, senior lecturer in geology in the University of Glasgow, and J. M. Houston, university lecturer in geography at Oxford. Many pages are from the hand of that indefatigable evangelical scholar F. F. Bruce. Among the contributors from this country are two professors at the Wheaton College Graduate School of Theology, J. Barton Payne and Merrill C. Tenney. One does not read far into this book before he is aware that what is here is the product of rich scholarship and deserved authority.

Apart from the opening chapter, “A Geographical Background to the Bible Lands,” and four appendices (on the cities of the Bible, archaeology and the Bible, the languages of the Bible lands, and the geology of the Holy Lands and adjacent regions), what we have here is a history of biblical events with emphasis upon their geographical aspects. Interspersed between chapters on Israel’s major historical periods are chapters on the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Persian Empire, the Hellenistic Empires, and Rome. Of course, we cannot expect much of the material in a book of this type to be altogether new, though it is fully up to date archaeologically.

I found Bruce’s chapter on “The Palestine of the Gospels,” in which he guides us ...

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