Wright, Paul H. Understanding the Ecology of the Bible: An Introductory Atlas. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 2018. 48 pp.; Pb; $18.00. Link to Hendrickson
Paul Wright is the President of Jerusalem University College (the Institute of Holy Land Studies). He has contributed to several other “introductory” Carta atlases including Understanding Biblical Archaeology and Understanding the New Testament, and Understanding Great People of the Bible.
This atlas has a narrow focus, the ecology of the Bible. As Wright suggests, a study of the ecology of the Bible is important because flora and fauna are the natural context of the Bible (7). The daily life of ancient Israel was embedded in an ecosystem, and many of these natural elements form metaphorical language of the Bible.
For each of the six chapters of the book, Wright cites a theme verse. This does not always make the topic of the chapter clear…
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