The Sacred Bridge has been recognized by many as the gold standard atlas of the biblical world. I’ve heard about this resource for several years and had received numerous requests to review the title on my blog, but didn’t see much value in spending $120 on an Atlas. I mean, any good Study Bible is littered with similar information, right? Wrong. It wasn’t until I actually held The Sacred Bridge in my hands and began to interact with its content that I became a believer, and now, I’m not sure that I would ever want to study the Bible without it.
The Sacred Bridge is much more than a typical atlas. It is a wellspring of scholarly research, geographical insight, and archeological consideration, pulled together with diagrams, beautiful full-color maps, and illustrative pictures. The atlas covers the entirety of biblical history through 135 CE and is the first resource of its kind to adopt the modern approach to the study of the Levant as a geographical and historical entity. Moreover, when it comes to New Testament geography, The Sacred Bridge has provided readers a tremendous gift as it seeks to interpret such in light of new archeological discoveries such as the Dead Sea Scrolls. In short, it would be appropriate to summarize The Sacred Bridge as an analysis of nearly every corner of biblical history, built upon over a decade of the most up-to-date, reliable and comprehensible academic research, displayed for readers alongside some of the best maps ever produced.
The Sacred Bridge is a massive and well-constructed resource. The typeset is extremely readable (even with the book’s three-column format), and the nearly 450 pages are sewn together between a beautiful hardcover. Original language fonts are color-coded throughout, and inline citations (also color-coded) allow the reader to easily establish the origin and integrity of the scholarship. The pages are thick and glossy finished, which allows the vibrantly colored maps to shine off of the white text-filled pages. Furthermore, the paper contrasts the font and typeset perfectly, and makes long reads comfortable and easy on the eyes. In short, The Sacred Bridge is an impressive volume that is likely to leave book enthusiasts with a sense of appreciation and gratitude. While the footprint of the book itself is rather large (9.25” x 13”), the groundbreaking nature of the content is effortlessly complimented by a beautiful display, both inside and out. It’s what you would expect for a resource at this price point.
There are plenty of atlases of the biblical world on the market today, and many of us already own a Study Bible with maps, charts, etc. Before getting my hands on a copy of The Sacred Bridge, I was somewhat ignorant of the usefulness and benefit of a standalone Atlas—especially one that retails for $120. The Sacred Bridge has completely altered the way that I study the Bible. The amount of information that is crammed between the covers of this book is nothing short of astounding. It contains a lifetime worth of knowledge and insight into virtually every geographical, historiographical, and sociological corner of the biblical world. My primary regret is waiting this long to mine the riches of this treasure trove. The Sacred Bridge is a resource that should to be on the shelf of every serious student of the Bible. It’s well worth the investment! Take it from me! I was hesitant once too.