ERIC Number: ED161811
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Geography of the Bible as an Academic Subject in Geography.
Lu, Jonathan J.
A new field of study within the discipline of geography is proposed: the geography of the Bible. In a general sense, this new field can be justified by recognizing the relationships between religion and environment. Specifically in terms of the Bible, there are evidences of geographic factors affecting the writing of the Bible. Also, there are evidences of the effects of the Bible on the life of the people and countries of the "Bible Land." Courses on the historical geography of the Holy Land have been offered in seminaries for decades, but now it seems appropriate to introduce the topic into academic courses. Geographers can be concerned with at least three academic areas within the topic. First, the Bible contains many passages with geographic implications which average readers may not readily understand ("Lo, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone...Song of Solomon 2:11). Geographers could apply geographic knowledge and principles to elucidate such passages. Second, the Bible has for its background not only a people but also a geographic region. Geographers could investigate the regional aspects of the Bible Land from a temporal-spatial persPective as it has been transformed over the ages. Third, geographers could relate current problems in the Middle East to conflicts which occurred during and after the events described in the Bible. (AV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at 74th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (New Orleans, Louisiana, April 9-12, 1978)