I will never forget the first time I read the Old Testament’s historical books (Genesis — 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah) cover to cover with a Bible atlas. I was in college and I learned so much. The atlas I used, still standing on a shelf of mine, is not the one I use anymore. The reason is that better ones have been produced.
My favorite one is by a friend and former colleague, Barry Beitzel. He has a lifetime of dedicated geographical study behind him so this new edition of his atlas marks a career of splendid work on behalf of Bible readers: The New Moody Atlas of the Bible
Every pastor and every church library and every serious Bible reader needs an atlas. If you don’t have one, this one works. It has exquisite color pictures, colorful sharp-imaged maps, and all kinds of special discussions.
If you are following Israel through the Judges, or Israel through the Exile, Jesus in the Land of Israel, or the apostles in their journeys, these maps will show you were they are when you are reading the passages in the Bible.
I have one complaint: the notes and indices at the back are only for those who either have much better eyes than do I or for those with a magnifying glass.