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Bible maps - the world of the Bible

Bible overview
General Bible maps.
The Biblical World. <br/>The writers of Scripture were familiar with a very expansive world–shown here–that stretched over 3000 miles from end to end. Most of the places shown here are directly referenced in the Old Testament, and Rome and its surrounding lands are mentioned in the New Testament. – Slide 1
Western Europe and Africa. <br/>To the ancient Israelites, the distant regions of western Europe and Africa would have been regarded as the edge of the world. The apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Rome and spoke of his desire to visit them on his way to Spain (Romans 15:23-29). – Slide 2
Egypt. <br/>Throughout Bible times, the history of Israel was often intertwined with the history of Egypt, an ancient and enduring civilization that sometimes loomed as a threat and other times offered a place of refuge and shelter for God’s people. – Slide 3
Mesopotamia. <br/>Located between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, Mesopotamia formed a large portion of what is often called the Fertile Crescent, and it gave rise to the nations of Elam, Babylonia, and Assyria, each of which interacted with the people of Israel at various points in history. – Slide 4
Lands beyond Persia. <br/>The lands beyond Persia are explicitly mentioned only a few times in the Bible. – Slide 5
Rainfall in January. <br/>Israel’s rainy season lasts from October until May, with the heaviest rains occurring in December and January. The summer months, from June until September, see almost no rain. – Slide 6
Rainfall in July. <br/>The beginning of the rainy season in October is referred to in Scripture as the early rains, and farmers are eager for their arrival in order to begin ploughing and planting. Then the rains continue heavily through the winter. Even more important, however, are what Scripture calls the latter rains. – Slide 7
Earthquakes in the Bible. <br/>While the most intense seismic activity of the region typically occurs far north of Israel around Pergamum, Ephesus, Melidu, and Tushpa, the land of Israel experiences earthquakes from time to time as well due to its position at the northern extreme of a major fault line running all the way down the Red Sea and into East Africa. – Slide 8
Roads in Israel. <br/>Three primary routes passed through Israel: <br/>1) the Great Trunk Road, connecting Egypt with Mesopotamia and Anatolia; <br/>2) the Central Ridge Route, connecting towns within the heartland of Israel; and 3) the King’s Highway, which passed through the land that lay east of the Jordan River. – Slide 9
Trees mentioned in the Bible. <br/>There are at least a dozen references to seven different great trees in Scripture (Genesis 12:6; 13:18; 14:13; 18:1; 35:4-8; 1 Samuel 10:3; Deuteronomy 11:30; Joshua 24:26; Judges 4:4-11; 6:11; 9:6; 1 Chronicles 10:12), and these references span from the time of Abraham to the time of Saul. – Slide 10
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