Atlas Tool not Consistent in Location of Places

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Rick Ausdahl | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Jan 22 2019 9:44 AM

I'm doing a study of Exodus. I was in Exodus 14 and had the Atlas linked to the NIV so I could see where events were taking place.

Exodus 14:2 refers to Pi-hahiroth and for this passage, the Atlas lists two maps.

  1. Biblical World -- The Exodus from Egypt
  2. Pharaoh versus Yahweh at the Red Sea

Map 1 shows a single location for Pi-hahiroth and positions it at the northwest tip of the Gulf of Suez.

Map 2 indicates the location is not known, but lists three possible locations, none of which match that shown in map 1.  I.e. they are more in what I believe would be the area of the Bitter lakes, and range from apx 20-60 miles north of the location shown in map 1.  So a person using only one of these maps would walk away with very different understandings of where things were taking place depending on the map used.

I can easily see this happening if a person is using maps from totally different resources, but I was surprised to find the discrepancy within the Atlas tool because I thought all the Atlas tool maps were created by Faithlife.

I'm wondering now if I'm mistaken about the source/creator of these maps.

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Sean Boisen | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 22 2019 9:56 AM

Thanks for your feedback. You're correct that all Atlas maps are created by Faithlife. We made some data changes in the process of creating the map for Pharaoh Versus Yahweh at the Red Sea but apparently didn't get them back onto the "Biblical World" overview map. We'll get that corrected.

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Rick Ausdahl | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 22 2019 3:17 PM

Thank you, Sean.  I appreciate the amount of work, checking, and cross-checking that must go into projects such as the maps.  Thanks for your quick reply and for the planned correction. 

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