That this Study Bible, of all Study Bibles, should include a map detailing Israel's 'Exodus out of Egypt', which doesn't show Israel crossing the Red Sea is hard to fathom. After all, it is supposed to have been put together by Reformed experts!
Well, if we take the editors, of the Study Bible, at their word, then we must visualise Israel never crossing the Red Sea at all. We must visualise an Exodus from Egypt that doesn't include one of the most significant miracles found in the Old Testament.
Repeatedly in the Old Testament we find God taking Israel back to the events of the Red Sea and reminding them of His mighty power. This is the greatest miracle in the Old Testament! Yet in visualising this event in this Study Bible, it never happened. This is alarming!!!!!
Bible maps and atlases have long been notorious for getting this vital issue wrong. This liberal mapping of the Exodus is very common and all too prevalent. Sadly, it is the standard practice for the vast majority of modern Bibles and Bible atlases.
Therefore, did anyone consider this map's suitability before it was inserted and endorsed by those involved in the production of this 'Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible'?
Surely you would expect editors and publishers, of a Bible, that claims to be Reformed and orthodox, in its interpretation of Scripture, to make sure that the one Bible map which is so controversial would be checked for accuracy. It would surely be expected that this is something to look out for in editing any Study Bible. A basic and necessary task you would think!
It surely begs a few questions! Who originally compiled this map? Who decided to include it in the Study Bible? Did the editors miss this or did they decide to leave it in? Are they happy with its inclusion? Will it be removed in future editions?
This is the worst of all maps that could be included in any Bible for the Exodus, never mind 'The Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible'. The inclusion of this map is again seriously disappointing at best. Especially when this is a known point of long debate between orthodox and liberal theologians. Surely editors could have been expected to get such an important issue right? Especially when this type of corrupt mapping is so common place in Bible maps and atlases.
This navy was made up of, among others, servants of Hiram who were "shipmen that had knowledge of the sea". These men would not have been needed if the Red Sea in question was a marshy swamp, and Solomon's navy were going to sail around the shores of a smallish lake. Rather, these ships were to be launched out into the salt water of the Red Sea and navigate out into the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea, going as far away as Ophir, and bringing Solomon back great riches.
And still there is more …