View Full Version : Map Module: Ancient Roads Overlay ???

03-20-2007, 10:03 AM
I am trying to find an on overlay in BW7 that plots ancient roads such as Via Maris, trade routes etc. Is there such an overlay and I'm just not finding it? :confused:

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


03-20-2007, 01:45 PM
In general, I very much like the BW maps, but it does lack the sort of overview/summary maps of regions, routes, etc.
If you use Google Earth, I've created three overlay maps (using other online maps) that indicate trades routes: a) in Palestine; b) from Egypt to Mesopotamia; and c) Via Egnatia.

03-20-2007, 05:05 PM
In case you don't use Google Earth, here are direct links to maps of trade routes:




Lots of other good maps to check at:

03-21-2007, 05:14 AM
Thanks Mark!

Too bad BW doesn't include these sort of things. Maybe the next version will have them.

I appreciate the web-links to the map sites. That will come in handy. Also, thanks for the zip of the trade routes for Google Earth (GE). I haven't used GE with BW, but I remember seeing a thread about that. I'll go back and search it out. I assume I will need to do that in order to use the file you sent.

Thanks and God bless!


Mark Langley
03-22-2007, 09:53 AM

What directory do you put the map files you created?


03-22-2007, 05:20 PM
It doesn't really matter where you put them. You can put them in the GoogleEarth program directory. I set up a special folder in My Documents as I accumulate various markers of my own.

BTW, there is a nicely done accumulation of Bible places with descriptions that you can download here:

Mark Langley
03-22-2007, 06:06 PM
Thanks Mark for the help.

03-23-2007, 05:47 PM
I think it will be easiest here to point to my blog where I have more info and links to a new GoogleEarth file that links every reference to a biblical place to GoogleEarth with links to the ESV.


03-31-2007, 06:51 AM
Thanks Mark,

I went to your blog and found the links very helpful.


05-19-2007, 04:44 PM
I've updated my survey of available Bible mapping resources on my blog HERE (http://bibleandtech.blogspot.com/2007/04/of-making-of-maps-there-is-no-end.html).
As for maps with the ancient roadways, the free version of BibleMapper really does an excellent job. (It can't be integrated with BW, but it is worth putting on your computer.)

05-21-2007, 11:06 AM
If anyone from BW is reading...I dearly love BW, but I rarely use the map module. I find it very awkward to use and I cannot save my maps into something like a JPEG to be used in Power Point. I have to hit Print Screen and edit the picture in order to do that.

Perhaps someone has a better suggestion that I am missing.....

05-21-2007, 12:08 PM
To get a picture of the map, you can indeed use PrintScr, but a screen capture program is better. I describe the one I really like and use--FastStone--HERE (http://bibleandtech.blogspot.com/2007/04/regarding-images-and-such.html). (BTW, it is free.)
BW maps are nice because of their integration with BW Bible texts, for topographical views, and the easy switch to a satellite view.
I agree, however, that they do have some limitations (I especially miss road/boundaries/areas, etc sort of overlays), and they are awkward to use turning on/off the layers to give the best view. That's why I've been resorting to some other mapping programs.

05-22-2007, 09:03 AM
You can easily copy the current view in the map module to a bitmap using
Edit | Copy as bitmap.

That will save the current view to the clipboard. From there, you can paste it into Word, Powerpoint, etc...