Carta‘s speciality is the cartography of the Bible, Holy Land and the Scriptures.
It has over the last half century built up a vast library of material: atlases, maps, plans, reconstructions, diagrams and illustrations of all events, battles, journeys and pilgrimages recounted in the Bible. This large collection is now available in digital form.
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Carta is a privately held company that is the world’s leading cartographic firm and has been since it was founded in 1958. Over the years Carta has supplied maps and mapping services to a myriad of clients which include government agencies, private firms, universities and scholars, authors, commercial enterprises and institutions, and newspapers and magazines.
Carta‘s flagship is the appearance of some of its major pilgrim and Bible publications, books and maps in more than 15 languages.
Carta supplies maps and atlases tailored for many needs: school atlases; country and city maps; tourist guides; historical, political and other thematic maps, historical and geographical books, to mention only some of the many fields where Carta material appears. Today Carta’s map bank contains well over three thousand specialized maps, with major stress on Biblical, historical and Holy Land content.
One of Carta’s most long-time achievements has been the publication of a monumental 12-volume Historical Atlas of Israel and the Jewish People, from Biblical Times to the Present. This series which has been widely used by scholars, in educational programs, and by schools, has partly appeared in English. Atlases of the Middle East; Russia and the independent Republics; South America; Christianity, Islam, Africa, Asia, and others have also been published over the years. Carta also published the official Atlas of Israel for the Government Survey of Israel. Many of these titles have been translated into different languages, prominent in this is The Carta Bible Atlas which has till the present appeared in no less than 10 languages.
Recently, in addition to Maps and Guides and a wide range of touring material, Carta has published some highly acclaimed Bible and Holy Land titles: The Sacred Bridge: Carta’s Atlas of the Biblical World by Anson F. Rainey and R. Steven Notley; Greatness Grace & Glory : Carta’s Atlas of Biblical Biography by Paul H. Wright, an inspirational work based on the life and deeds of the Bible’s most prominent people; and three archaeological field guides – Qumran, Masada and Ein Gedi – by noted scholar Hanan Eshel.
Carta has its own distribution in North America and is well connected with major publishers worldwide.
However, cartography, maps, guides and books, constitute only part of its publishing program. Carta’s main thrust in conventional publishing is towards the creation of modern encyclopedias on various subjects. Most notable of publications in this genre is the 4-volume The New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land, in both English and Hebrew, Carta’s one-volume General Encyclopedia, dictionaries and lexicons, other learning and, to a growing extent, leisure publications.
Today, Carta is also completely computerized and, as the need arises, is converting earlier analog matter to digital form to satisfy a rapidly growing demand. With its rich past, accumulated experience and expertise, and blessed with both experienced and young, computer-savvy staff, nothing can be more natural than Carta expanding into electronic data supply in its chosen fields.