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04-24-2008, 08:07 AM
I would love to see...

first, the ability to right click on each site and copy the site info to my clip board or at least the coordinates.

second, the maps removed altogether and a customized version of Google Earth used as the underlying map program. What do you think of that huge request?

Dale A. Brueggemann
04-24-2008, 10:32 PM
I would love to see... the maps removed altogether and a customized version of Google Earth used as the underlying map program. What do you think of that huge request?

I definitely wouldn't want the maps removed; I frequently use my computer where I'm not hooked to the internet, and even where it's impossible to do so--at least with any band-width at all. Some of the places where I travel to teach have such inadequate internet connection that I can barely download my e-mail, and often that takes multiple tries over multiple days before I succeed. For that reason, I like having the data right in the program.

However, as an additional feature for the times I am able to connect, I think that Google idea would be fantastic!

In that vein, see the following information from David Instone-Brewer of Tyndale House, Cambridge University:

Maps & Geography in Biblical Studies

Satellites surround the earth, and Google Earth can zoom in to individual houses. Bible maps have now been adapted to take advantage of this amazing facility, especially the Bible (http://www.openbible.info/geo/)Geocoding (http://www.openbible.info/geo/) project which links 800 places and 10,000 photos. Traditional maps are still very important, especially for explaining specific events. And photographs bring the places alive, especially when linked to a map.

You can even download the BibleMapper (http://www.biblemapper.com/examples1.htm) and create your own, though to make professional looking maps, I recommend the Accordance Bible Atlas (http://www.accordancebible.com/modules/details.php?ID=558).

There is now no excuse to teach or preach without pictures and maps.

1) Interactive maps & GoogleEarth (http://www.bibleworks.com/forums/newreply.php?do=postreply&t=3049#1)

2) Traditional maps & powerpoint maps (http://www.bibleworks.com/forums/newreply.php?do=postreply&t=3049#2)

3) Photos of places & archaeology (http://www.bibleworks.com/forums/newreply.php?do=postreply&t=3049#3)

1) Interactive maps & GoogleEarth

If you haven't tried GoogleEarth (http://pack.google.com/intl/en/pack_installer.html?), download it and expand your horizons. The satellite images are often good enough to identify the car outside your house, but remember, these images are several months old, so don't jump to conclusions. GoogleMaps (http://maps.google.com/) look similar, but needs no download and there is not so much control.

Two projects have made very good use of these facilities (and more are coming)

Satelite (http://net.bible.org/map.php) Maps (http://net.bible.org/map.php) - NExT Bible.
12 3D-looking satellite maps with 250 Bible places (http://net.bible.org/map.php?index=place) linked to dictionary entries and to GoogleMaps

Bible (http://www.openbible.info/geo/)Geocoding (http://www.openbible.info/geo/) - OpenBible.info
GoogleMap links and ready-made satellite photos of all the places named in the Bible maps for each Bible chapter (http://www.openbible.info/geo/) and and 800 place names (http://www.openbible.info/geo/atlas/a) linked to 10,000 photos and Bible refs In GoogleMaps, hover over "Satellite" and tick "show labels", then click on the "MyMaps" tab and tick "Photos from Panoramio"

Even more amazing is the mixing of traditional maps and GoogleEarth at Ancient Jerusalem map overlays for Google Earth (http://www.openbible.info/geo/overlays/) - OpenBible.info
To use this you need to install GoogleEarth (http://pack.google.com/intl/en/pack_installer.html?) (the "preview" doesn't work well)
Tip: After installing GoogleEarth, here (http://www.openbible.info/geo/overlays/jerusalem.kml) and click on "Open". In "Places" click on "+" next to "Ancient" or "Modern" and tick one map. Zoom in (hover over top right of map for the controls) and vary the transparency (the slider in "Places")


Map Development & Research Tool (http://www.biblemapper.com/examples1.htm) - BibleMapper.com
Software with templates to create maps with your own annotations. Free registration.


Movie Maps (http://www.mapsofwar.com/maps.html) - 90sec flash movies from MapsOfWar.com

Imperial History of the Middle East (http://www.mapsofwar.com/images/EMPIRE17.swf) - empires changing since 3000 BC

History of Religions (http://www.mapsofwar.com/images/Religion.swf) - birth and growth of religions since 3000 BC

Interactive Map of the Holy Land (http://www.bearport.org/SatMap/) - BearPort.org
A downloadable program linking a photo and description to about 150 places on a satellite map (useful if you have an intermittent web connection)

2) Traditional maps & powerpoint maps

Teaching maps (http://www.ebibleteacher.com/imagehtml/otmaps.html) - eBibleTeacher.com
50 simple but good-looking maps with large text for OT, NT

Maps & Charts Documenting the Expansion of Christianity (http://www.atla.com/digitalresources/results.asp?pagenumber=1&cl1=MISSMAPS&keyword=&title=&description=&subject=) - Yale University
300 historical maps and charts from atlases and the Yale University Map Collection

Historical & Cultural Atlas (http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~atlas/europe/maps.html) - Oregon University
30 clear maps for historical background of surrounding countries

Clickable (http://www.bible-history.com/geography/ancient-israel/israel-first-century.html) map of ancient Palestine (http://www.bible-history.com/geography/ancient-israel/israel-first-century.html) - Bible-History.com
Basic information is displayed at the top when you click on a place-name.

Students' maps of the Greek & Roman World (http://www.unc.edu/awmc/mapsforstudents.html) - AWMC
50 maps collected by the producers of the wonderful Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman world (which, unfortunately, is not available on the web, even as a subscription site. A great pity!).

Place (http://www.unc.edu/awmc/placenames.html) Names of the Greek & Roman world (http://www.unc.edu/awmc/placenames.html) - AWMC
600 places with links to articles or websites. It is also worth checking their

Pleiades ancient place names (http://pleiades.stoa.org/) project, which is slowly growing, and will be a wonderful resource.

Historical Maps of the Middle East (http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/historical/history_middle_east.html) - Univisity of Texas
60 high resolution scans of mostly early 20th C maps (plus modern CIA maps of the Middle East)

Maps of the Roman Empire (http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Gazetteer/Maps/Periods/Roman/home.html) - LacusCurtius
Detailed older maps with Roman place names linked to Pliny's Natural History. Not finished yet, but it will be a wonderful resource when it is.

Ancient Maps of Jerusalem (http://www.usm.maine.edu/~maps/exhibit1/) - University of Southern Maine
30 mostly 12th C - 19th C, as high-resolution scans with useful commentary.

Jerusalem in Old Maps (http://www.israel.org/MFA/History/Early%20History%20-%20Archaeology/Jerusalem%20in%20Old%20Maps%20and%20Views) - Israel Ministry
14 maps in a chronological survery with useful commentary. Small images.

Many other maps (http://www.preceptaustin.org/Maps_page.htm) collected by PreceptAustin.org
Lists of individual maps or small collections on various websites

3) Photos of places & archaeology

Holy Land Photos (http://www.holylandphotos.org/page.asp?page_ID=8)
2900 photos listed by site, with very useful descriptions

Pictorial Library of Bible Lands (http://www.bibleplaces.com/) - BiblePlaces.com
6000 photos well organised with very helpful descriptions. Free 400px previews.

Archaeological sites in the Middle East (http://www.atla.com/digitalresources/results.asp?pagenumber=1&cl1=SWSLIDES&keyword=&title=&description=&subject=) - Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
1200 photos of archaeological sites labelled merely with a place name.

Ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean Sites (http://www.atla.com/digitalresources/results.asp?pagenumber=1&cl1=ARCHIMGS&keyword=&title=&description=&subject=) - Emory University
500 photos of archaeological remains, labelled by place and objects.

Historical sites in the Holy Land (http://www.biblewalks.com/Sites/Sites.html) - BibleWalks.com
200 locations with photographic essays. Good preparation for a visit.

Guide to (http://www.kusadasi.biz/ephesus/intro.html)Ephesus (http://www.kusadasi.biz/ephesus/intro.html) - Kusadasi.biz

Iron-Age Archaeology sites in Israel (http://www.ebibletools.com/israel/) - eBibleTools
7 sites each with many photos and some videos.

04-25-2008, 07:56 AM
You certainly led me to a gold mine there! Thank you for the resource list. You are right about also about needing an off-line map.

Thank you, Dale, for pointing me to those helps.

04-25-2008, 09:34 AM
If you are interested in this stuff, I have more links to digital, biblical mapping resources HERE (http://www.crossmarks.com/biblicalmapping/). I also posted a review of the BW7 mapping module HERE (http://bibleandtech.blogspot.com/2007/12/bibleworks-classroom-tip-19.html).