The Accordance Maps Sampler
The Accordance Maps Sampler is a collection of Bible maps built using the Accordance Bible Atlas. The Accordance Bible Atlas lets you choose from a variety of backgrounds and layers to create your own maps, locate Biblical sites with the click of a button, follow animated routes, create and explore 3D maps, and even create your own layers using custom drawing tools.
The Lands of the Bible
The lands of the Bible stretch from Persia in the east to Italy in the west along both sides of the Mediterranean.
The lands of the Bible today.
Abraham’s Journey to Canaan
Abraham travels with his family from Ur in Mesopotamia to the lands of Egypt and Canaan (Genesis 11:31–13:18).
The Exodus from Egypt
The traditional route of the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt, journey through the wilderness, and entrance into the land of Canaan (Exodus–Deuteronomy).
The Battle of Gibeon
The Battle of Gibeon (Joshua 10:1–14) was one of the pivotal battles of the Judges period. After the Gibeonites tricked Joshua and the Israelites into forming an alliance with them, the kings of five southern Canaanite cities joined forces and attacked the town of Gibeon. The Israelites (blue line) then marched from Gilgal and defeated the Canaanites, pursuing them along the road to Beth-Horon (Joshua 10:10).
One curious aspect of this battle is the fact that while the Canaanites approached from the south, they fled to the northwest. This 3D map shows clearly why that was. Rather than fleeing to the south, which would have had them climbing uphill, they took the quickest road out of the highlands and tried to outrun their pursuers on more level ground.
The Tribes of Israel
The territorial allotments given to the various tribes of Israel (Joshua 13:1–19:48). Many of these territorial allotments were never fully conquered (Judges 1:1-2:5).
The Wanderings of the Ark of the Covenant
At the disastrous battle of Ebenezer, the Philistines defeated Israel and captured the ark of the covenant (1 Samuel 4). Each city to which the ark was brought suffered from terrible plagues, so the ark was passed from city to city until the Philistines eventually sent it back into Israelite territory (1Samuel 5:1–7:1).
David’s Flight from Saul
Pursued by Saul, David wandered throughout the territory of Israel (1 Samuel 21–27), finding refuge for his family in Moab (1 Samuel 22:3-5), rescuing the town of Keilah from the Philistines (1Samuel 23:1–6), and eventually finding refuge in the Philistine town of Ziklag (1 Samuel 27:5–7).
Under David and Solomon, Israel and Judah were unified, an alliance was made with Phoenicia, the Philistines were severely weakened, and the nations to the east were reduced to vassal states.
After Solomon’s death, the northern tribes broke away to form a separate kingdom. The surrounding nations were able to exploit this disunity and regain their independence.
Assyrian Conquest of Israel
In 722 B.C. the Assyrian king Shalmaneser V conquered the northern kingdom of Israel, sending the Israelites into exile and settling the inhabitants of other nations there (2 Kings 17:6-24).
Babylonian Conquest of Judah
In 586 B.C. the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II conquered the southern kingdom of Judah, sending the Jews into exile (2 Kings 25).
Persian Empire and Return from Exile
Under the Persian king Cyrus, the exiled Jews were allowed to return to the land of Judah.
Roman Empire and Provinces
By the first century A.D., the Romans controlled most of the lands around the Mediterranean Sea, and Roman roads facilitated travel and commerce throughout the empire.
Jesus’ Last Journey to Jerusalem
Although Jesus was willing to travel through Samaria (John 4), on his final journey to Jerusalem he followed the typical Jewish pilgrimage route around Samaria through the region of Perea (Matthew 17:22–20:34; Mark 10:1–11:2; Luke 9:51–19:35; John 12:1–8).
Paul’s First Missionary Journey
On his first missionary journey, Paul (blue line) traveled with Barnabas to Cyprus and throughout southeastern Asia Minor (Acts 12:25–14:28). John Mark (black line), who had been accompanying them, turned back from the mission in Pamphylia (Acts 15:36–38).
Paul’s Second Missionary Journey
On Paul’s second missionary journey (Acts 15:36–18:22), he took Silas with him through the interior of Asia Minor and eventually into Macedonia and Greece (white line), Barnabas took John Mark with him to Cyprus (blue line).
Paul’s Third Missionary Journey
On Paul’s third missionary journey (Acts 18:23–21:16), he stayed in Ephesus for several years before he was forced to flee to Macedonia (blue line). Timothy and Erastus (white line) eventually sailed to meet him. They traveled throughout Macedonia, Greece, and the Ionian coast raising money for the poor in Jerusalem. He successfully delivered the offering to Jerusalem, but was arrested shortly thereafter.
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