Jacob Goes to Paddan-Aram

Genesis 26:23-29:1 While Isaac’s family was at Beersheba, Jacob stole Esau’s birthright, and Esau made plans to kill Jacob once his father had passed away. When Rebekah found out about Esau’s plan, she told Jacob to flee to her family in Paddan-aram (also called Aram-naharaim, meaning “Aram of the two rivers”) and garnered Isaac’s support […]

The Israelites Conquer Ai

Joshua 8 [Author’s note: This map and article assume that Ai was located at Khirbet al-Maqatir and Bethel was located at al-Bira. It is beyond the scope of this article to present all the convincing reasons for these assumptions, but they are well summarized in the following articles: “Traditional Site of Bethel Questioned,” “Location of […]

Maps for Holy Week

Palm Sunday and Monday: Jesus’ Final Journey to JerusalemBethany and Bethphage Tuesday and Wednesday: Jerusalem during the New TestamentTemple of the Lord Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Saturday: Jesus’ Arrest, Trial, Crucifixion, and Burial Easter Sunday: Jesus’ Post-Resurrection Appearances

Tyre’s International Trade

Ezekiel 27 Throughout Bible times, the island city of Tyre was renowned for its extensive and prosperous international trade. Located immediately northwest of Galilee, Tyre was one of the most important cities of Phoenicia (see “Phoenicia and Tyre” map) and had ready access to the Mediterranean Sea as well as to the land routes leading […]

Edom and the Land of Seir

While the location of Mount Sinai is arguably the most significant unresolved debate remaining in Bible geography, it is this author’s estimation that the borders of Edom and Seir (also called “Mount Seir” and “the highlands of Seir”) have actually led to a greater amount of confusion regarding where related events took place. This confusion […]