Barry J. Beitzel

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Barry J. Beitzel (born August 6, 1942, in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania) is an Old Testament scholar, geographer, cartographer, and translator of the Bible. He currently resides in Mundelein, Illinois.


Barry J. Beitzel has been a member of the Department of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, Illinois) since 1976, as Assistant Professor (1976-1980), Associate Professor (1980-1985; tenured 1983), Professor (1985–2016), and Professor Emeritus (2016 to the present). He served as Associate Academic Dean between the years 1986--1996 and as Executive Vice-President/Provost throughout 1997--2004.

Dr. Beitzel is married to his wife Carol (née Watson); together they have three children (Bradley Jay, Bryan Kent, Kelly Melinda) and ten grandchildren.

Education and scholarship[edit]

Beitzel holds a PhD degree in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from The Dropsie University (Philadelphia, 1976; merged with the University of Pennsylvania in 1993); his dissertation is titled "The Place Names in the Mari Texts: An Onomastic and Toponymic Study," supervised by Nahum M. Waldman. He obtained a post-doctorate in ancient Near Eastern Geography at L’Université de Liège (Belgium, 1981), where he worked with the doyen of Near Eastern geography, Professor J.-R. Kupper, as well as with the renowned Assyriologist, Professor Georges Dossin. Beitzel's professional work has taken him to Western Asia and/or the greater Mediterranean world on more than 50 occasions. He has also lectured in various countries, including Belgium, Canada, Egypt, Great Britain, Greece, Ireland, Israel, South Korea, Philippines, and Syria. Beitzel has contributed to such serial publications as Archaeology in the Biblical World; Bible Review; Biblical Archaeology Review; Biblical Archaeologist; Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research; Iraq, the British Schools of Archaeology in Iraq; Journal of the American Oriental Society; Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society; and the Journal of Near Eastern Studies. He has contributed essays to the Festschriften of Cyrus H. Gordon; William Sanford LaSor; Gleason L. Archer; and Michael C. Astour.



Barry J. Beitzel. The Moody Atlas of Bible Lands. Chicago: Moody Press, 1985. ISBN 9780802404381.

  • Winner, 1986 American Congress on Surveying and Mapping Map Design Competition, sponsored by the Association of American Geographers.

__________. Associate Editor and Author, "Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible." Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1988. ISBN 9780801034473.

__________. Chief Consultant and Author, Biblica, the Bible Atlas: A Social and Historical Journey Through the Lands of the Bible. London: Viking/Penguin Press, 2006. ISBN 9780764160851.

  • Translated into 16 foreign language editions.
  • Also published as Biblica, the Bible Atlas: The Story of the Greatest Story Ever Told. Sydney: Global Publishing, 2006; ISBN 9781740480093. Also published as Bible Atlas: The events, people, and places of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Auckland: David Bateman, 2013; ISBN 9781869538491, and also published as The SPCK Bible Atlas: The events, people, and places of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. London: SPCK, 2013; ISBN 9780281068517.

__________. Member of the Board of Advisers and Chief Map Consultant, The Biblical World: An Illustrated Atlas. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2007. ISBN 9781426201387.

__________. The New Moody Atlas of the Bible. Chicago: Moody; Oxford: Lion Hudson, 2009. ISBN 9780802404411.[1]

  • Translated into seven foreign language editions: Dutch (2012), Italian (2012), German (2013), Korean (2015), Spanish (2017), Portuguese (2017), and (to be released in 2019) Chinese.
  • Winner, 2010 ECPA Medallion of Excellence for the "Bible Reference and Study" category.[2][3]
  • "2010 Best in Category" in the Book/Atlas category at the 37th Annual Map Design Competition sponsored by the Cartographic and Geographic Information Systems [CaGIS] of the Association of American Geographers.[4][5]

__________. Cartographer, Logos Bible Software Atlas. Logos Bible Software, Computer Software. Bellingham, WA: Faithlife Corporation, 2017. (See also Logos 6 Maps (Vols. 1-3): Dataset Documentation. Bellingham, WA: Faithlife Corporation, 2017).

__________. General Editor and Author, Lexham Geographic Commentary, the Gospels. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2016, 2018. ( ISBN 9781683590446.

  • Winner, Christianity Today "2019 Book Award in Biblical Studies."

__________. General Editor and Author, Lexham Geographic Commentary, Acts through Revelation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2018. (

__________. General Editor and Author, Lexham Geograqphic Commentary, the Pentateuch. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2019. (


Maps executed and/or supervised by Beitzel appear in Bibles published by:

  • Moody Press (including the Ryrie KJV Study Bible; including the Ryrie NASB Study Bible; including the Ryrie NIV Study Bible; including the Ryrie ESV Study Bible), 1986, 1991, 1994, 2002, 2010, 2011, 2012.
  • Zondervan Publishing House (including the NIV; including the NIV Study Bible; including the Zondervan New American Standard Bible; including the Zondervan New Revised Standard Version; including the NIV Archaeological Study Bible; including the NIV Faithlife Study Bible), 1987, 1989, 1990, 2009, 2011, 2018.
  • B. B. Kirkbride Bible Company (including the Thompson Chain-Reference Bible; including the Thompson Chain-Reference Study Bible [all versions]), 1989, 1991, 2004, 2010, 2017.
  • Tyndale House Publishers (including the NLT; including the NLT Study Bible; including the Life Application Study Bible), 1996, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2018.
  • Holman Bible Publishers (including the Holman Illustrated Study Bible; including the Christian Standard Bible), 2006, 2017.
  • Crossway Bibles (including the ESV; including the ESV Study Bible; including the ESV Archaeology Study Bible), 2007, 2008, 2018.
  • Thomas Nelson Publishers (Nelson Study Bible), 2008.
  • Bible Truth Publishers (J. N. Darby Translation), 2016.
  • Schuyler Publishers [all Versions], 2016, 2017, 2018.

He has also supervised the production of maps for A Short History of Ancient Israel (Biblical Archaeology Society, 1988); Holman Bible Atlas (Broadman & Holman, 1998); Logos Electronic Atlas of the Bible (Logos/FaithLife, 2005); and the ESV Bible Atlas (Crossway, 2010). Some of his maps appear in the Atlas of the Ancient World (National Geographic, 2016). Over the years, he has executed or consulted on a dozen or so maps appearing in National Geographic, most recently in the following issues: 189.4 (April, 1996, [insets]); 214.6 (December, 2008, p. 43); 218.6 (December, 2010, p. 74 [foldout]); 221.3 (March, 2012, p.51); and 232.6 (December, 2017, pp.48-50, 57 [foldouts]).


  1. ^ "Book review by Nathanael Warren". Books At a Glance. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Moody Atlas wins 2010 Christian Book Award". Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  3. ^ "2010 Christian Book Award Winners". Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Moody Atlas wins Cartography Award". Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  5. ^ "37th CaGIS Map Design Competition Results" (PDF). Retrieved 12 February 2015.

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