30 Days to Understanding the Bible: Day 2

30 days to understanding the bible day 2

If you were with me on the blog yesterday, you know I’ve started reading and working through a new book. So far, I am really enjoying it. I learned some new things as I read the first chapter, and the same is absolutely true for the second chapter. In fact, I think I learned EVEN MORE in this one.

This one is all about Old Testament geography. If you’ve spent any time reading the Bible at all, you know there are all kinds of mentions of places. And, if you’re anything like me, you don’t have a clue where most of these places are in relation to each other – or anything else, for that matter. The aim of this chapter is to help you have a better idea of where those places are.

MAJOR OLD TESTAMENT LOCATIONS

Toward the beginning of this chapter, Anders states: “The one who is ignorant of geography cannot know history. The Bible is largely history. So, to begin our mastery of the history of the Bible, we must start with the geography of the Bible.”

Let’s remember that the premise of this book is “give me 15 minutes a day, and I’ll give you a better understanding of the Bible.  So, 15 minutes isn’t a lot of time in which to cover ALL the locations mentioned in the Bible (or even the Old Testament). For this reason, Anders chooses to deal with only the major locations in which some key Bible events occurred.

location work map

I love that this chapter includes descriptions of both the major bodies of water and the major geographical locations mentioned in the Old Testament … very informative!

The comparison to the state of Texas is pretty cool too!

comparison to texas

I learned a lot reading this chapter. For example, I didn’t really understand where Samaria, Galilee, and Judea were in relation to each other until I read the book and filled out the map above.

Even after all the reading and filling out the same maps over and over again, I still mixed up where Assyria and Babylonia were (as you can see from the picture below). But, considering I really had no idea where they were before, I think I did pretty well getting everything in the right places.

location self test

See that quote I outlined above? That’s in this book a lot – and for good reason. It’s very true. I think I have a pretty good foundation started for whatever going’s to come tomorrow. I can’t wait to see what it is!

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