The Bible Sojourner with Peter Goeman

Hosted ByPeter Goeman

The Bible Sojourner is a podcast that discusses specific biblical passages, theological topics, and the intersection between the Bible and contemporary culture. The goal of the podcast is to equip the listener to better understand the Bible, theology, and culture, all in an effort to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord.

The Importance of Geography in the Bible with Todd Bolen (Ep 147)

Geography is one of the most undervalued aspects of Bible study. Todd Bolen joins us on the episode today and we talk about the importance of geography and how it impacted the lives of those who lived during Bible times and continues to have relevance to Israel even today. We talk about how biblical stories have greater depth and clarity when we understand geographical and cultural elements.

Todd Bolen’s TMU Profile: https://www.masters.edu/faculty_staff_bio/todd-bolen/
Todd Bolen’s Bible Places Website: https://www.bibleplaces.com/

Lexham Geographic Commentaries: https://lexhampress.com/product/186411/lexham-geographic-commentaries

Time Stamps:

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 1:20 Todd Introduces Himself
  • 3:05 Background to Bibleplaces.com
  • 6:30 How Does Todd Motivate Students to Care about Geography?
  • 10:30 How Does Geography Impact the Ancient Israelite?
  • 16:17 What are some Key Geographical Locations in Israel?
  • 19:40 Are There Key Locations that Carry Religious Significance?
  • 23:33 How do Archaeologists Determine Where an Ancient City Was?
  • 32:41 What are some Interesting Biblical Examples of Geography in Scripture?
  • 35:00 The Location of Nob
  • 38:50 Esther and the City of Susa
  • 43:16 Acts 12 and the Death of Herod Agrippa I
  • 46:32 The Deliverance of the Demoniac in Mark 5 (in Gerasene or Gaderenes?)
  • 53:03 The Connection between Geography and Modern Israel Life
  • 1:00:50 How Can We Pursue a Further Study in Biblical Geography?
  • 1:05:52 Conclusion

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