If you’ve ever wondered what academic & scholarly people do, the surprising secret is revealed in this short video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kF_TVm1XP5E&feature=youtu.be
In my most recent Deseret News article, I explore How the Donner Party Affected the Pioneers’ Arrival in the Salt Lake Valley.
“Had there been no Donner Party in 1846, there likely would not have been a Mormon entry into the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847.”
I wrote an article “Reading the Scriptures Geographically: Some Tools and Insights” that provides many examples and ideas.
Below is a summary of ideas and resources to support reading the scriptures geographically (use all of these resources with discretion since most of them have not yet been peer reviewed).
- The Google Earth Bible project created by Dr. Steve Liddle and me is at http://scriptures.byu.edu/mapscrip. This tool is very much in beta mode and appears to only function using a Firefox browser.
- Google Earth
- Bibleplaces.com has maps and pictures of many Bible locations
- VirtualWorldProject.org. “The Virtual World Project presents interactive virtual tours of archaeological sites in Israel and Jordan. The project is designed to aid in the teaching and study of antiquity.”
- The Digital Archaeological Atlas of the Holy Land
- For a full list of .kmz files (i.e., Google Earth files) of Bible sites, visit the OpenBible website or click here.
- .kmz files of Bible bodies of water.
- Lots of other mapping resources.
“If we expect to get into the kingdom of God by means of any worldly or humanly thing, it will be impossible. Instead, with God, and only with God, is it possible to enter into his kingdom.” http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865632369/Trust-God-not-your-possessions.html
Check out this Kickstarter project by a Josh and Sara Sabey, BYU students who are building an interfaith study Bible. This is a visionary project.