An Analysis of the Political, Economic, Social, and Religious Symbolism of Central Places in the Holy Land and the Impact of International Threats on Those Who Lived There

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Bible Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Napoleon A1, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
Organizers: William Dando
Chairs: William Dando


This Bible Geography Specialty Group Session will examine the geographic, economic, political/religious symbolism of central places in the Holy Land and the impact of wars and the fear of wars on those who lived there. Presenters will examine each Gospel writer's cultural group focus, their central thesis, and their selection of regional town-city places where significant religious events occurred. Jerusalem will be analyzed and classified as the supreme city of the world, and Tyre recognized as a primate city of world commerce at the time of Jesus' missionary work. The significance of Israel as the bridge between Europe and Africa and Egypt and Mesopotamia will be stressed as well as urban warfare and invasion routes. Finally, the impact of political changes, the rise and fall of power centers, and urban warfare on Holy Land central places will be discussed. Every presenter is a specialist in the geography of ancient Israel, the Fertile Crescent, and the Holy Land. They all are contributors to the new volume of the BGSG's "Geography of the Holy Land: Jerusalem, Regional Cities, Small Towns, and Rural Places." This volume provides a concise and thorough introduction to the important settlement geography of ancient Israel from 1850 B.C. to A.D. 70


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter William Dando*, Indiana State University, Gospel Writer's Reader Focus, Theme, and Mapping Regional Emphasis with City/Town Preacher-Points 20 1:20 PM
Presenter Dorothy Drummond*, Indiana State University, Canaan/Phoenicia and Israel 20 1:40 PM
Presenter Bryan Booth*, , Lessons from the Bible: Genocide 20 2:00 PM
Presenter Bruce Crew*, Independent Scholar, A Closer Examination of Urban Classification in Ancient Israel According to Biblical Texts 20 2:20 PM
Discussant Bharath Ganesh Babu Valparaiso University 20 2:40 PM

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