“Location, location, location.” Anyone familiar with real estate has certainly overheard this mantra at some point. The geographic features of a particular location influence so much of our human experience. Even beyond the aspects of climate, landscape, and natural resources, geography leaves a lasting mark on the development of societies and cultures in any given area.
Many of the most well-known narratives in Scripture are rife with geographical elements that are often overlooked because of our distance from the Holy Land. Many of Jesus’ parables and illustrations are steeped in geographic details, but some of these important and distinctive details are lost in translation—we’re simply too far removed from these locations to understand their geographic significance. Imagine having a personal tour guide of Jerusalem and the surrounding area, giving you an on-the-spot explanation of what you’re seeing and how it informs the biblical text.