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Tip 1.9: Using the BibleWorks Maps Module

The BibleWorks Map Module offers a quick way to display geographical information in the classroom.  This classroom tip will address how to access maps for classroom display and for export to presentation software or a word processor.

Open the Map Module

Click on the BibleWorks Map Module button   and the Map Module window will open in its default view centered on the land of Israel.

The floating Overlays / Stacking Order window on the right offers many options of map data to display on individual overlays.  These overlays can be stacked to combine their data into one map image and one can build customizable maps by checking the individual overlays that one wishes to display.  However, the quickest way to display maps relating to a variety of subjects are the pre-made maps that are available under File.

Load a Pre-made Map of Your Choice

To load a pre-made map, select File | Open from the menu. In the window that opens, you can select any of the pre-made maps for display.

  • For example, to display the traditional route of the Exodus choose the file "The Exodus.mst" in the "views" folder.  Note that there are additional subfolders available in this window for maps of archaeological eras and for maps relating to the books of the Bible.
  • Click on the red box in the Overlays / Stacking Order window to close this window for a full display of the map. 
  • The combined use of the Zooming and Panning features in the Map Module will allow you to display as little or as much of the map display that you wish.  The full area covered in the BibleWorks Map Module spans the Mediterranean and the Middle East.


  •     These controls adjust the zoom level of the map window.  The buttons on the right and left will zoom out and in, while the slider shows the relative zoom level.


  • If you wish to shift the current map north, south, east, or west, you can move the mouse to the edge of the map. When the mouse is near the borders of the map window, the cursor will turn into an arrow, indicating that if you click, the map will pan in the direction indicated by the arrow.
  • For more detailed control over how much to pan, you can use the Pan mouse mode. To enable the Pan mouse mode click the following button.
  • In this mode, you can click on the map and drag with the mouse to re-position the displayed area of the map.  Notice how the cursor changes to a hand when in the Pan mouse mode, allowing you to grab the map and reposition it within the Map Module window.

Copying and Pasting the Map Data

Although it may be convenient to simply display a pre-made map in class, at times you may wish to capture the current map image and insert it into presentation software or a word processor. From the Edit menu you can copy the current map to the Windows clipboard, using either Edit | Copy as bitmap or Edit | Copy as vectors. When either of these options are chosen, a small window will appear as follows, click OK and you will notice that your mouse cursor changes to a different cursor display as shown below.

  • Use your mouse to drag a rectangle around the portion of the map that you wish to copy and paste.  The data within the rectangle that you draw will immediately be copied to the Windows clipboard. When you switch to your presentation software or word processor, select Edit | Paste and the map will be pasted into your application. If you choose Copy as vectors, you can resize the map within your presentation software or word processor to a preferred size without distorting its features.

A Blank Map for Biblical Geography Assignments

The pre-made map entitled "Water details white.mst" provides a ready-made "blank" template of the available geographical regions in the Map Module.  This map can be copied and pasted into your word processor to develop assignments in which students can draw or identify ethnic and political boundaries, geographical features and locations, trade routes, etc.

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