Holman Illustrated Guide To Biblical Geography, by Paul Wright
- Author: Paul Wright
Reading the land will expand our biblical insight. While the truths of the Bible transcend time and place, they are rooted in them. Geographical data can inform our understanding of activity throughout the land of the Bible, while the Bible's own description of these events, embedded deeply in the land itself, helps us to better grasp the living context in which these events took place. When we develop a skill set that allows us to read the land of the Bible as fluently as we might read the text, we stand not only to gain a greater appreciation of the divine-human events of Scripture, we also gain an understanding of how these events become relevant to us in our own particular living contexts.
Biblical geography has great apologetic value. The biblical writers had to be accurate when presenting geographical material. Unlike some matters of history and doctrine, their assertions about the realities of land forms and climate, or about the relation of one city to another, or about the use of strategic routes could easily be verified both by their first readers as well as by contemporary readers. Verifiable geographic information provides a solid foundation on which to place and evaluate the veracity of other truth claims in the biblical text.
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