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The Bible and the Land - A review from Bible Study Magazine

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Ancient Egypt owed its fertility to the annual flooding of the Nile. Ancient Israel had no such natural water source. What was it like to live in such a climate? How did the geography of Israel affect their lives? And what is the significance of the Hebraic names of events and divine encounters?

Gary M. Burge answers these questions and others in his study of the physical geography of Israel—The Bible and the Land. Each chapter examines an aspect of Israel’s environment, such as ‘water,’ ‘rocks,’ and ‘bread.’ The book concludes with an explanation of Hebraic names of people and places in the Bible. Scripture references for context and further study accompany each section. 

We often fail to understand biblical cultural practices because we lack context. Burge addresses this head on by opening his work with an introduction that explains the importance of context for understanding the Bible. This handbook is enhanced by Burge’s own illustrations, maps, photographs, and his studies of biblical words that are foreign to most English speakers.

REVIEWED BY HEATHER M. BROOKS. COPYRIGHT BIBLE STUDY MAGAZINE JAN-FEB 2010. http://www.biblestudymagazine.com

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