ERIC Number: ED241403
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Let's Talk about the Geography of the Bible.
Lu, Jonathan J.
Through its symbolism, law, and toponyms, the Bible exerts a strong influence on Western society. Consequently, geography of the Bible--a study of how people responded to God in such a geographic setting and how people responded to the challenge of an adverse environment--constitutes a legitimate academic field. Such a study has the specific benefits of clarifying and bringing reality and variety to Bible studies. Methodology for such a course relies on the same framework as other geographies. It may be studied systematically as well as chorographically, and idiographically or nomothetically. Recent research has indicated several directions for innovation in the field of geography of the Bible, including geographic interpretation of Bible passages, identification of biblical sites, clarification of Bible translations, and biblical cartography. A final research frontier focuses on using the Bible to explore solutions to present political problems in the Middle East. A biblical perspective can add insight into the examination of peace and land rights. (LP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education (Ocho Rios, Jamaica, October 23-28, 1983).