Did Mark Know the Geography of Palestine?
Two Maps of Palestine Show Mark was Correct
Map 1, Trade Routes During the Time of Christ
In the map below we see both the major and smaller trade routes
during the time of Christ. Please note, no trade routes are shown between Tyre
in Phoenicia and Hazor in Galilee, because there is a mountain between the two
cities, which we will see in the other map. However, a trade route is clearly
shown between Sidon and Hazor. Jesus was in the Tyre-Sidon Region when he
decided to go to Decapolis, which was on the eastern and southern shores of the
Sea of Galilee. From Sidon Jesus would have walked down through the Bekka
Valley and swung to the East of Hazor to reach Decapolis on the Eastern shore of
the Sea of Galilee. The large mountain between Tyre and Hazor will be clearly
visible in the next map.
Nelson’s complete book of Bible maps and charts [computer
Old and New Testaments.—electronic ed.—Nashville
Thomas Nelson, 1997, c1996.
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Map 2, 3D Topographical Map of Palestine and Phoenicia
Note carefully, the map below has been re-oriented to provide
you with the best view of the two important details. First, in the map below you
can clearly see the mountain to the left of Tyre and the Sea of Galilee on the
other side of the mountain. Second, look slightly up and to the left of Sidon
and you will see the pass from Sidon to Galilee between the mountains.
Logos Research Systems, Inc.
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