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Biblical Mapping

  • By: Thomas O'Loughlin
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Biblical mapping relates to the various uses that have been made of maps in seeking to understand or explain the Bible. It embraces maps found in bibles, in special biblical atlases, stand-alone maps, and maps in tracts explaining biblical passages. Given that (a) the narratives that compose, and the events related within, the Judeo-Christian scriptures took place in, or are located within, the areas of Palestine, the Levant, Egypt, and Mesopotamia and that (b) most of those religious texts present their story within a historical form, it is not surprising that they have attracted attempts at mapping since a very early period after their canonization among both Jews and Christians. When events, places, pieces of land, and movements of individuals (e.g., Jesus going ...

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