The past surrounds us. Sometimes we just need to be informed or made aware of where to look or how to look.
Back on July 4, 2014, my article “Reading the Scriptures Geographically: Some Tools and Insights” was published by Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture.
Why Geographical Visual Learning?
Humans are visual learners. The content area of scripture is primarily conceptual and abstract, and thus many readers struggle to master the core fundamentals of history, geography, and themes of the scriptural texts. Without such fundamentals, learners are adrift in an ocean of content without a meaningful map to order and make sense of it all. Visually immersive learning environments can significantly enhance learning gains. Such learning gains are possible when abstract concepts are visually concretized.
Scripture Tools: Introduction to Google Earth and Google Earth Bible (GEB)
In this article I will review several geographical tools that help to contextualize stories, which can aid in understanding the scriptures and drawing out meaning from them. Then using these tools I’ll demonstrate how the meaning of a variety of scriptural passages may be enhanced by reading the scriptures in geographical context. I will conclude by providing other suggested geographical and visual learning with scripture resources.
Learn more at: “Reading the Scriptures Geographically: Some Tools and Insights“
I’ll be presenting this week at Education Week. This event is held annually at Brigham Young University. General dates are Monday, August 18 – Friday, August 22, 2014. There are going to be hundreds of great presentations. The full schedule is here.
My specific dates, times, locations, and themes are below.
Taylor D. Halverson
Studying the Scriptures Geographically
2258–2260 Conference Center (CONF), 4:30–5:25 p.m.
Tuesday, August 19 : Studying the Scriptures Geographically Enhances Contextual Understanding
Wednesday, August 20: Using Scriptures.byu.edu to Study the Scriptures Geographically
Thursday, August 21: Using Google Earth to Study the Scriptures Geographically
Friday, August 22: Using VirtualWorldProject.org, Google Street View, and Other Tools for Studying the Scriptures Geographically