Bible Geography Meets Google Earth

The folks at OpenBible.info have done a real service to the Christian community by tagging every identifiable location in the Bible for Google Earth. You can download the KMZ file and explore any place in the Bible. They even give you all of the passages where each location occurs—hyperlinked to the ESV. I love being able to see the places about which I’m reading, and being able to zoom in and interact with them in a 3D environment beats a 2D map or image as far as I’m concerned, though being able to preview and link to these locations in Google Maps is still pretty cool. Here’s an example of all the locations in Galatians. And here’s a neat post that traces the locations in the Bible through six historical periods. I’m hoping Logos will implement my suggestion and use this data to link to these locations from within their software.

OpenBible.info and Google Earth

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HT: ESV Blog

Update: This blog post gives simple instructions for using the data in Google Earth.

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6 Responses to Bible Geography Meets Google Earth

  1. Ray March 22, 2007 at 8:12 pm #

    Hi Phil,
    Just dropped in from the Logos NG to check things out. I love the Google earth item you mentioned above. I will check out your blog now.
    God Bless
    Ray

  2. Phil Gons March 23, 2007 at 7:07 am #

    Thanks for the note, Ray. I’m pretty excited about this too. I think it’ll be very helpful to many.

    Blessings,

    Phil

  3. Chris March 24, 2007 at 11:34 pm #

    This is too cool. Thanks for sharing this.

  4. Bill November 5, 2007 at 12:55 pm #

    Thanks guys. This is a GREAT resource. I love Google Earth and the ability to see the places referenced in the Bible is very helpful.

  5. Ann Porterfield May 9, 2009 at 10:27 am #

    This is wonderful! Knowing the geography of Biblical places is so important, I think. I am teaching a Sunday School class, in which this info will help.

    Thank you for doing this.

    Ann

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  1. OpenBible.info Blog - March 22, 2007

    […] Phil Gons writes: “I love being able to see the places about which I’m reading, and being able to zoom in and interact with them in a 3D environment beats a 2D map or image as far as I’m concerned, though being able to preview and link to these locations in Google Maps is still pretty cool.” Surprisingly, Google Maps gives a good approximation of the Google Earth experience. The only limitation I’ve run into is that it can’t show a big number of places at once, so larger books don’t show up in their entirety. […]

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