The most well-worn, worn-out Bible I own was a gift to me by my church when I graduated from high school. Though I used other Bibles that were easier to carry (pocket-size), or had more notes, or had room to write notes, this Bible was my standard-bearer. What I loved the most about it was the headers. It wasn’t a reference Bible. It didn’t have expansive notes, but the outlines and headers that broke the Scriptures into artificial parts, and the introductions to each book were wonderful. I really, really liked how they helped me to stay with the flow. They helped as I was teaching and offering feedback, too. I didn’t know (or really care) then that they were Nelson notes. I realized it a few years ago when going through another book that had the same outline of Scripture all through-out it.
Nelson’s Complete Book of Bible Maps and Charts was first published in 1993. The third edition was released two weeks ago.
It is a beautiful book. It is full-color and includes a good number of photographs of the historic sites. The array of maps, charts, diagrams, and comprehensive outlines is dizzying. It is really hard to describe how broad the scope of the content of this book is. This is a great asset for all levels of spiritual training, even a great springboard for the highly-advanced scholars.
Maps and Charts is immensely informative and should be included within arm-reach of every Christian student. The only complaints I have are minimal. I do wish this were available in hardcover; and also,the content associated with the wisdom/poetry books is not nearly as expansive as the other books, though the outlines are thorough.
But those complaints are minimal because of so many other compensating factors. Other great features of the book are:
- All the maps and charts are reproducible for use in groups and teaching settings.
- All the maps and charts are can be freely downloaded from the Thomas Nelson site (with book purchase) for viewing and use in group and teaching settings.
I’m so pleased to be able to recommend this resource, especially at such a low cost. It was a benefit to me to review it, and I made a good number of notes of things that I wish to go back and dig into more deeply.