|When Moses sent them to explore
Canaan, he said, "Go up through the Negev and on into the hill country. See what the
land is like and whether the people who live there are strong or weak, few or many. What
kind of land do they live in? Is it good or bad? What kind of towns do they live in? Are
they unwalled or fortified? How is the soil? Is it fertile or poor? Are there trees on it
or not? Do your best to bring back some of the fruit of the land."
- Num 13:17-20
Welcome to LandoftheBible.com.
My name is Jay Baggett, and I'm your guide on this side.
Here at LOTB, the Bible is approached through its geography place, environment,
climate, geology, migration, trade, conquest. Even the most cursory reader of the Bible
soon sees its stories are set in particular places, its people's fortunes and misfortunes
linked to the rise and fall of surrounding kingdoms, its metaphors and imagery so
infused with spiritual meaning tied to a particular environment.
My hope in your using LOTB is that you acquire a mental map of the Holy Land that helps
you understand Scripture and, perhaps, current events better.
So, how do we do that?
Simple we fly there using Google Earth.
This Internet tool, featuring satellite imagery
draped over an elevation model of the earth, allows us to literally soar through a 3-D
landscape along flight paths to any place we want to see as though we were in our
own private helicopter.
At LOTB, we will be analyzing
geographic factors geology, soils, climate, highways, trade, etc. in over
two dozen unique regions to better understand the logic of land. And always, we will
strive to show how what we learn is reflected in the Biblical text and, often, influences
the story. We'll do this by flying across Google Earth's 3-dimensional landscape,
immersing ourselves in the places we've read about.
LOTB is a work in progress, not a finished product. Profiles of the land's many unique
regions will be brief, initially, and then expanded as Biblical events occuring in them
are addressed. For the most part, the Google Earth flights I develop and post will drive
the development of the website. It's very much like actually touring in Israel or
the surrounding countries you don't learn by becoming knowledgable about all
the history and all the geography first. You learn by passing through the land,
seeing sites firsthand, linking what you see with the Bible and having many "aha
Before we can get started, you'll need to go to
the Google Earth website and download the Google
Earth Plug-in onto your computer. It's quick and easy. (For more information on
installing and uninstalling the plug-in, click here).
Next, it's time to fly. (You will
definitely benefit by reading Flying Tips and Tricks, but I
suggest getting some air time first so the information makes more sense to you).
Select one of the flights shown on
the navigation bar - say, David vs. Goliath. Follow the young shepherd and future king
from his hometown of Bethlehem along the continuous ridge leading down to the Valley of
Elah in the lowlands, where Israel's army (including his brothers) is locked in a
protracted standoff with the Philistines. We'll be able to pick out the two sides'
positions, understand why the battle took place where it did, view a new, exciting
archaeological find that may fill a gap in the story, fly along the streambed where David
selected stones for his sling and chase the Philistines out of the lowlands, back to their
royal cities on the coastal plain.
You'll never read the Bible story
the same again.
So, please ... put your seat backs and tray
tables in their upright position ...
PLEASE NOTE: THIS
SITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION - MOST OF THE LINKS DON'T WORK YET.