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More Bible Places in Google Maps

A Google Earth community has developed a file for Google Earth (and Google Maps) that shows the locations of about 200 places mentioned in the Bible. The community is going for accuracy: they try to pinpoint the locations of the ruins of ancient cities instead of using the locations of modern cities with ancient names.

We want to assist these efforts where we can. To that end, here is a comprehensive list of place names in the ESV aligned (mostly) to the names the community is using. This file also lists verse references for every occurrence of the place in the ESV text. This file is licensed under a Creative Commons-Attribution license. The Bible contains 1181 place names (though some places have more than one name and some names refer to more than one place); the Google Earth community has already identified about 200 of them. They’re well on their way.

Head over there if you’d like to help them out, or just download the .kmz file if you have Google Earth on your computer.

Preview some of the places with Google Maps:

The Mediterranean region with Zarephath highlighted.

A closeup of Israel.

We’ve previously blogged about using Google Maps for Bible study. We’re glad to see people develop resources that everyone can use. Google recently updated their satellite maps with higher-resolution imagery for the Middle East, making this type of endeavor even more rewarding.

August 11, 2006 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Crossway Staff @ 9:08 am | (17) Comments »

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  1. [...] HT: ESV Blog [...]

    Pingback by robbro.com » Blog Archive » Using Google Earth for Bible Study — August 11, 2006 @ 9:21 am

  2. [...] A Google Earth community has developed a file for Google Earth (and Google Maps) that shows the locations of about 200 places mentioned in the Bible. [...]

    Pingback by SmartChristian.com » Blog Archive » — August 11, 2006 @ 11:47 am

  3. Better Bible maps

    Our grandchildren and I enjoy Google Earth. We like to zero in on different places we are interested in. Sometimes two of my grandsons will ask where Grandma is on one of her mission trips. I tell them to buckle up for the plane ride there, and we fly …

    Trackback by Better Bibles Blog — August 11, 2006 @ 12:15 pm

  4. [...] Want to know where certain places mentioned in the Bible are located? Now you can use this file from Google Earth to see the locations of about 200 places mentioned in the Bible. (HT: Smartchristian) [...]

    Pingback by Fill Up » Google Earth Meets the Bible — August 14, 2006 @ 9:58 am

  5. [...] Google Earth and the Bible I’m not sure if this is interesting, useful, both, or neither. Google Earth has developed a file that will show the location of about 200 places mentioned in the Bible. Go here to read more. [...]

    Pingback by Running Well - » Google Earth and the Bible — August 14, 2006 @ 10:28 pm

  6. [...] Here’s a great tool to help with your online Bible reading: a Google Earth community is hard at work on a project to highlight Biblical cities and other locations on Google Earth and Google Maps. There are about 200 places listed so far. No more confusion over obscure Biblical place-names! Hat tip: the ESV Blog, which has more info. [...]

    Pingback by Think Christian » Blog Archive » Tuesday links — August 15, 2006 @ 5:12 pm

  7. [...] My friend Robb shared this on his blog and I could not help but plagiarize due to the coolness factor. Here is a kmz file that you can load into Google Earth to view many places mentioned in the Bible. Thanks to the ESV blog. [...]

    Pingback by The Ultimate Atlas of the Bible at pcnelson.com — August 16, 2006 @ 8:53 pm

  8. [...] HT: ESV Blog [...]

    Pingback by Sacred Journey » Blog Archive » Google Earth Bible Map - Blog of Mark Traphagen — August 31, 2006 @ 7:29 pm

  9. [...] This is great, you can now use Google Earth to spot loads of places mentioned in the Bible. Just download and install Google Earth, download this KMZ file and open it from within Google Earth. You can zoom, spin and explore to your heart’s content. Find out more from the ESV blog. [...]

    Pingback by Ryall.info » WoW - A brilliant, useful mashup - ESV Bible + Google Earth — September 1, 2006 @ 12:58 pm

  10. John Maddocks told me about this entry from the ESV Bible Blog… BibleMap.org integrates Google Maps and the ESV text to create an interactive Bible atlas. You browse to a chapter in the Bible, and all the place names are links.

    Trackback by Google Maps Is The New Bible Atlas — January 18, 2007 @ 4:23 pm

  11. I found the following today on the ESV Bible Blog: Google Maps Is the New Bible Atlas BibleMap.org integrates Google Maps and the ESV text to create an interactive Bible atlas. You browse to a chapter in the Bible, and all the place

    Trackback by Google Maps Is the New Bible Atlas — January 18, 2007 @ 4:23 pm

  12. BibleMap.org integrates Google Maps and the ESV text to create an interactive Bible atlas. You browse to a chapter in the Bible, and all the place names are links. Click one of the names to go that place on the map.

    Trackback by Google Maps Is the New Bible Atlas — January 18, 2007 @ 4:23 pm

  13. A Google Earth community has developed a file for Google Earth (and Google Maps) that shows the locations of about 200 places mentioned in the Bible. The community is going for accuracy: they try to pinpoint the locations of the ruins

    Trackback by The Bible on Google Earth — January 18, 2007 @ 4:23 pm

  14. Esv_1 I can’t help it – I love the English Standard Version (ESV) bible. But not just because it is a great “formal equivalence” translation (probably the best available now, maybe the NASB needs to step aside), but the guys there are

    Trackback by ESV Continues Innovation with Reverse-Interlinear NT — January 18, 2007 @ 4:23 pm

  15. ESV.ORG — A group of enthusiasts has been hard at work identifying the location of hundreds of locations mentioned in the Bible…

    Trackback by Friday Links (8/18) — February 1, 2007 @ 7:35 am

  16. For those of you who don’t have Google Earth, you should download it because it’s cool. For those of you how already have it, check out this link that has a file you can download that will show…

    Trackback by Google Maps is the Best — February 1, 2007 @ 7:35 am

  17. My friend Robb shared this on his blog and I could not help but plagiarize due to the coolness factor…

    Trackback by The Ultimate Atlas of the Bible — March 1, 2007 @ 7:44 am

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