The IVP Atlas of Bible History, By Paul Lawrence
The IVP Atlas of Bible History
  • Length: 190 pages
  • Dimensions: 9 × 12 in
  • Published: August 31, 2006
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 2452
  • ISBN: 9780830824526

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Open Your Understanding of the World of Scripture

The story of the Bible is inextricably linked to the land. To understand biblical history, we need to understand how the people, events, and geography interacted to form that ancient world.

Spanning three thousand years of biblical history, The IVP Atlas of Bible History reveals the many fascinating ways that history and archaeology confirm and complement the Bible's story. Taking a narrative approach, the atlas traces the unfolding of major events in the Old and New Testaments, from Abraham's wanderings in Canaan and Egypt to Paul's missions and the founding of new churches. It covers the many places of the world of the Bible, from Spain to Iran, from Yemen to Greece. Scholarly insights presented in a readable style add depth and color to our understanding of key people and stories in Scripture.

Features and benefits you'll find in The IVP Atlas of Bible History:

  • Ninety-seven maps to help understand the biblical narrative and provide background information
  • More than 150 color photographs, panoramic illustrations, and site plans, plus a range of battle plans and small artworks
  • Special features on subjects such as the peoples and languages of the Bible that will deepen understanding of geography, landscape, climate, culture, and religion.

This is the perfect companion for anyone seeking a clear, reader-friendly, visual introduction to the history of the Bible.

"A very helpful companion volume for the study of biblical history. It combines an overview of biblical history with numerous maps, photos, and charts."

Michael A. Grisanti, The Master's Seminary Journal, Spring 2008

"Taking a narrative approach, The IVP Atlas of Bible History draws you into the rich resources available today on the Bible's history, geography and archaeology. The Atlas presents the latest findings in history and archaeology in a readable style that will appeal to anyone wanting to know more about the history of the Bible."

Atlases Books (, March 9, 2009

"This atlas is highly recommended to those interested in Bible studies as a class or on an individual level."

Br. Benet S. Exton,, July 2008

". . .a visually rich work brimming with high-quality photographs, reconstructions, maps, charts and sidebars."

Brian P. Irwin, Toronto Journal of Theology, issue 23/2

"The printing and illustrations are of high quality throughout . . . a good teaching tool and companion for Bible reading and study."

Burton MacDonald for The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Fall 2007

"The Atlas presents the latest findings in history and archaeology in a readable style that will appeal to anyone wanting to know more about the history of the Bible.", August 2007

"This volume is sure to be used and enjoyed; and, in so doing, biblical history will come alive for the reader. Highly recommended."

Church Libraries, Summer 2007

"The IVP Atlas of Bible History is an excellent resource, but it is more than that. I found myself reading it, fascinated by what I was learning."

Critique, Number 6, 2006

"The implicit, relatively conservative faith that hovers in the background could be comforting to some and does not compromise the sound scholarship of the work."

Robert T. Anderson, ARBAonline

"At a certain time and at a certain place our Lord Jesus rose from the dead. This atlas helps its readers better understand both the history and geography of this pivotal event, as well as that of the prior and subsequent events which led to and stemmed from it. It is this reviewer's opinion that we all would benefit from having this book in our personal libraries and in our church libraries."

David Lau, Journal of Theology, March 2007


Chronology of the Events of the Bible and the Ancient Near East
Map of Israel in Old and New Testament Times
What is the Bible?
The Flood
Nations and Languages
Languages of the Bible
The Patriarchs: The Biblical Evidence
Archaeological Evidence for the Patriarchs
The Ten Plagues
The Exodus
The Giving of the Law
The Tabernacle
The Conquest of Transjordan
The Conquest of Canaan: Jericho and Ai
The Conquest of Canaan: The Defeat of the Kings
Evidence of the Conquest of Canaan
The Geography of Canaan
The Climate of Canaan
The Twelve Tribes of Israel
The Judges
The Philistine Threat
The Establishment of the Hebrew Monarchy
David's Conquests
David's Latter Years
Archives and Libraries of the Ancient World
Solomon's Temple
Solomon's Trade
The Division of the Kingdom
The Neighbors of Israel and Judah
The Kings of Israel
The Hebrew Prophets
Assyria: The Threat from the North
The Israelites Exiled
The Kings of Judah
Hezekiah and Sennacherib
Jerusalem Delivered
Warfare and Fortifications
Judah from Manasseh to the Fall of Nineveh
Josiah and the Rise of Babylon
Judah Exiled
The Later Hebrew Prophets
The Trade of Tyre
Daniel and Nebuchadnezzar
The Fall of Babylon and Cyrus's Decree
Rebuilding the Temple
Xerxes and Esther
Ezra and Nehemiah
Alexander the Great and the Spread of Hellenism
The Ptolemies and Seleucids
Antiochus Epiphanes and the Maccabean Wars
The Jews in Egypt
The Jews in the Second and First Centuries BC
The Romans
Herod the Great
Herod the Great Rebuilds the Temple
Amulets and Scrolls
Jesus is Born
The Ministry of Christ: First Year
The Ministry of Christ: Second Year
Jerusalem in New Testament Times
The Ministry of Christ: Final Year
Jesus' Death and the Empty Tomb
The Birth of the Church
Travel in the Roman World
Paul's First Journey: Cyprus and Asia Minor
Paul's Second Journey: Philippi and Thessalonica
Paul's Second Journey: Athens and Corinth
Paul's Third Journey: Ephesus
Paul's Third Journey: From Ephesus to Jerusalem
Paul's Journey to Rome
The Letters of the New Testament
The Fall of Jerusalem
The Seven Churches of Asia: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum
The Seven Churches of Asia: Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea
The Spread of Christianity
Scripture Reference Index
Picture Acknowledgments


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Paul Lawrence studied Akkadian, Hebrew and Near Eastern archaeology at the University of Liverpool where he earned his PhD for his work on the relationship of Assyrian generals to the king. In 1984 he worked in northern Iraq on an archaeological dig by the banks of the Tigris River just north of ancient Nineveh. He also worked for several years with the Turkish Bible Society in Istanbul on a translation of the Old Testament into modern Turkish. He is currently working on Bible translations for SIL International and is the author of The Books of Moses Revisited.