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Getting the Most Out of... The Moody Atlas of Bible Lands
The Moody Atlas of Bible Lands (or Moody Atlas, for short) is actually three reference works in one --a textual atlas of important Bible places, a corresponding map set, and a graphical timeline of peoples, places, and events. Here's a quick introduction to help you get the most out of this unique and informative reference work.
Organization--Where to Start
The Moody Atlas can be found under two different portions of the OneTouch® NavPanel: Books and Media. You can view the text portion of the atlas, as well as the maps, from Books ( The Moody Atlas of Bible Lands). Both maps and the timelines can be accessed from Media (within Maps and Timelines, respectively).
When you open the text portion of the Moody Atlas, the first thing you will see is an outline. As you work your way through this fascinating reference work remember that you can view the outline at any time--and use it to jump to another location in the Moody Atlas.
The text portion of the Moody Atlas is divided into three primary sections: The Physical Geography of the Holy Land (Chapter 1), The Historical Geography of the Holy Land (Chapter 2), and The History of Biblical Mapmaking (Chapter 3). In addition, there is some preface material, and several appendices, including an invaluable Map Citation Index.
If you are interested in a particular place, you will probably want to begin by opening a maps window. When opening the map window, use the Locations tab (rather than the Map tab) to view an alphabetical list of all available locations. Once you have selected a location, the first map containing that location will be opened in a new map window, and a list of all maps with that location will be displayed in the search pane at the top of the map window. Then, you can cross-reference to any available topical articles for that location or Smart Reference™ to any reference works that make reference to it--including, but not limited to, The Moody Atlas of Bible Lands.
If you are interested in a particular time or event, you should open a timeline window first. Note that the Timeline Selection dialog has two tabs. Use the Period tab to make your selection based on a date. Use the Locations tab to make your selection based on a person, place, or event. As with maps, single-click on any item in the timeline to select it. Then, you can cross-reference to any available topical articles for that person, place, or event, or Smart Reference™ to any reference works that make reference to it--including, but not limited to, The Moody Atlas of Bible Lands.
Otherwise, you can open the text portion of the Moody Atlas (under Books in the NavPanel) and begin reading in any section that interests you, or click on the Search tab in the NavPanel to search for occurrences of a particular word or phrase.
The Map Citation Index (which you can access from the outline for the text portion of the atlas) is another wonderful "entry point" into the Moody Atlas. It is an alphabetical listing of every location in the 95 maps (that's right, 95!) that are part of the Moody Atlas. Following each alphabetical place name is a list of every map where that location can be found. Double-click on any map number to open that map in the right portion of the atlas window--side-by-side with the text portion of the Moody Atlas.
Map numbers are just one of many ways that you can "travel" from one portion of the Moody Atlas to another portion. Throughout the Moody Atlas text you will find a variety of new embedding types--any of which can be double-clicked to access additional information. Here is a listing of those:
The Moody Atlas is a lengthy reference work, so this would be a good time to remind you of the Bookmark feature that was recently added to OneTouch®. You can set a bookmark at any point in a reference work, and then use that bookmark to return to that point at a later date. You can leave bookmarks in place, to be used multiple times, or you can remove them as soon as you're finished with them. To place a bookmark, select File | Add Bookmarks from the OneTouch® main menu, type in a unique bookmark name, the click the Add button. To return to a bookmark, select File | Bookmarks..., select one of the available bookmarks, then click the Open button. To remove a bookmark, select File | Bookmarks..., select the "undesired" bookmark, then click the Delete button.