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Rose Atlas of Then and Now Bible Maps with Biblical Backgrounds and Culture by Paul H. Wright, president of Jerusalem University College (Institute of Holy Land Studies) The Best "Then and Now" Bible Atlas Ever — It has Features No Other Has! •120 stunning detailed Bible maps •Incredible insights into the lives of 30 important Bible characters. This atlas focuses on people – not regions -- and how the geography affected their lives and decisions. For example: •Know how David's clever understanding of geography and politics led to his marriage with Ahinoam of Jezreel. •Discover why Naomi, in the Book of Ruth, couldn't just move back to Bethlehem after her husband's death and use his land again. •Find out why Moses and the Children of Israel took the long southern trek from Egypt to the Promised Land, rather than the direct route. This atlas gives you incredible insights into your favorite Bible stories. See the Table of Contents at the bottom. About the author: No one explains Bible geography and culture better than Dr. Paul H. Wright. He lives in Jerusalem and is the executive director of the Jerusalem University College (Institute of Holy Land Studies). "In this integration of biography, history and geography, Paul Wright applies his considerable knowledge of the land to the life and times of people in both the Old and New Testaments. In his capable hands readers will see the characters of the Bible come to life in the context of the very real world in which they lived. Whether readers have been through the Bible fifty times or this is their first, the pictures, maps and extremely readable text will lead them to fresh insight into this greatest of stories." Dr. John Walton, Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College More than 120 full-color maps, plus more than 50 photos and diagrams and family trees. Maps include lines to show which way people traveled, along with helpful notes. Paul Wright's text give Bible references and shows how knowing the Land of the Bible uncovers new details in the most beloved stories and people. "I think the Rose "Then and Now" Bible Map Atlas is the best product Rose has ever produced. The value is incredible. The price-value relationship is unbelievable. It's like Rose Publishing's Deluxe Then and Now book with 80 more maps—for just $10 more." Robin Evans, Rose Publishing Dr. Paul H. Wright is President of Jerusalem University College (the Institute of Holy Land Studies) located on historic Mt. Zion adjacent to the old walled city of Jerusalem. He also teaches courses on the culture, history and geography of the lands of the Bible. Over the years Dr. Wright has led thousands of university students and adults on field studies throughout Israel, the Palestinian territories, Jordan, Egypt and the Sinai, many to out-of-the-way places not normally seen by students of the Bible. He is also an instructor in an advanced educational program for licensed Israeli tour guides at the Yad Ben-Zvi Institute in Jerusalem, and at Tantur, a Christian research center between Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Dr. Wright holds the BA degree in anthropology from Bethel College (now Bethel University), an MA degree in the history of ancient Israel from the Institute of Holy Land Studies, an MA degree in Old Testament from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and the M Phil and PhD degrees in Bible and Ancient Near East from Hebrew Union College. He is also an ordained minister and has, over the years, been an effective teacher in both adult and children's church ministries. He and his wife Diane have lived in Jerusalem for fifteen years, and raised their two children there. They are active members of East Jerusalem Baptist Church, a small congregation that represents an active mix of dedicated people from all over the world who live and minister in Jerusalem and the surrounding area. Dr. Wright finds his time in Jerusalem to be very fulfilling. "As a written record of God's work in the world, the Bible is a book that is quite real. It is a privilege to be able to explore the realities of the world of the Bible with so many students who are eager to learn on-site. There are clear connections between the ways that the people who lived in the lands of the Bible thought about God and organized their lives in ancient times, and how folks living in the same places respond to the Divine tug today. The longer I live in Jerusalem, the more I am learning to appreciate the consistent call of God on His people, and our responsibility to live whole lives that are characterized by shalom, the peace that only He can give." sha'alu shalom yerushalayim, yishlayu ohavyich "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, may those who love you be at ease . . ." (Psalm 122:6) "It is a pleasure to recommend this atlas by the biblical scholar and experienced historical geographer, Paul Wright. Nothing is more important than the relationships of the great men and women of the Bible with God and with the land that God gave them. Wright provides the best possible introduction, with outstanding texts, maps, and photos, for the adventure of guiding the reader through the stories of the Bible." Richard S. Hess, Ph.D., Earl S. Kalland Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Denver Seminary Table of Contents: Rose Atlas of Then and Now Bible Maps with Biblical Backgrounds and Culture Introduction 7 1.The Landed Context of the Biblical Story 9 2. The Patriarchs and Matriarchs: Our Fathers and Mothers 19 3. Moses: Showing Us the Way 27 4. Joshua: Courage to Conquer 33 5. Deborah and Yael: A Sweet Song of Victory 38 6. Samson: Greatness Run Amuck 42 7. Naomi and Ruth: The Way It's Supposed to Be 46 8. David and Solomon: Our Legacy 50 9. Rizpah: When Not-So-Little-Things Really Matter 65 10. Ahab and Jehoshaphat: The Fine Line Between Failure and Success 69 11. Elijah and Elisha: Going About Doing Good 78 12. Jonah: Not on My Watch 87 13. Isaiah: Vision for a Broken World 92 14. Josiah: The Last Hope 107 15. Ezra and Nehemiah: Courage to Start Over 117 16. Esther: For Such a Time as This 125 17. The Herods: Magnificent to a Fault 131 18. John the Baptist: A Voice Crying in the Wilderness 157 19. Mary and Joseph: Simple Lives Lived Extraordinarily 167 20. Jesus: The Anointed One 183 21. Pontius Pilate: The Enforcer 209 22. Peter: Out in Front 219 23. Paul: Living Under Grace 232 24. John: Someone Who Deserved the Last Word 250 Afterword 259 Bibliography 260 Index 261
Utilize a set of practical guidelines to help your Agile organization elevate software design quality as an important business driver to achieve customer satisfaction and, ultimately, higher revenue for your company. This is the first book to focus on a holistic quality view—what it is and how it links to overall business enhancements. The real-world examples used in this book allow you to learn and apply similar strategies and guidelines to help create a quality blueprint for your organization. Five pillars of quality are defined that can be used for any industry and, once internalized, can serve as a set of tools to continuously improve and measure the key factors impacting quality. What You’ll Learn Be aware of the key elements in any transformation that involves culture Link quality and business outcomes Understand quality and its holistic definition and why continuous improvement is still a relevant approach in enhancing quality Follow guidelines with specific examples that can be applied to any product release in any type of industry to improve quality and enhance Agile processes Utilize relevant metrics to measure and continuously improve to make incremental positive changes Who This Book Is For Individuals at various levels in organizations—from Agile scrum teams, all the way up to executive leadership