Geographical Method

The geographical method of Bible study may be developed in relation to the entire book or portion of it,
in consideration of a country mentioned in the Bible, as background for the life of a Biblical personality,
or as a contextual study of a Biblical narrative. What to observe:

1. Countries—what are their boundaries and location?
2. Configuration of territory—what are its rivers, lakes, mountains, general elevation?
3. Cities—where located and what is the elevation?
4. Why is it significant that this event occurred in this geographical context and not in some other?
5. What can be told about the geographical area by the kind of animals and plants to be found
there?
6. Are any of the geographical terms seemingly symbolic?
7. What are the effects of geography on history?

A fascinating geographical study is the Mountaintop experiences on the pilgrimage of faith.

AT MOUNT MORIAH, faith is tested and strengthened with the assurance that “The Lord will
provide Himself a lamb.”
AT MOUNT SINAI, God our Savior continues to direct us on our journey to the Promised Land
with the giving of the Law (Ten Commandments) and the means of Grace (The Tabernacle).
AT MOUNT CARMEL, faith and faithfulness are called for, even in the face of opposition.
AT MOUNT ZION, God is offered the worship and praise He so richly deserves.
AT MOUNT OLIVET, God’s children are assured that His good will for us is surely being done.
AT MOUNT CALVARY, toward which all these other mountains point, we view “God’s own
sacrifice complete.”

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