Scripture tells the stories of real people living in real places. Abraham left his father’s home in Ur, sojourned in Egypt, and was buried in the cave of Machpeleh. David was anointed by Samuel in Bethlehem, ruled for seven years from Hebron, and spent the rest of his reign in Jerusalem. Jesus performed a miracle at Cana, travelled through Samaria, and appeared on the road to Emmaus after his resurrection.
These aren’t fictitious places made up for a story. They’re real locations you can find on a map. That’s why a good biblical atlas is an essential tool for understanding the geographical and cultural context of the biblical world. [Read more...]