If you are not familiar with Google Earth, this exercise provides a step-by-step introduction to it. If you are acquainted with it, the exercise highlights features related to biblical geography. In particular, I have pasted in section 7 of the exercise below which provides links to some of the most helpful addins (KMZ files) for biblical geography.
This exercise was composed simply based on my experiences with the program. I certainly may have overlooked something significant, so please share what you know in the comments.
HERE is the PDF exercise you can download.
Section 7 of the exercise:
RESOURCES FOR BIBLICAL GEOGRAPHYNow that you have a general idea of how Google Earth works, how can we maximize its use for doing biblical geography? Here are files and links you will want to use that can be saved in the My Places panel on the left.
(Note: Google Earth uses KMZ and KML to store location data. Clicking on the KMZ or KML links below. You cana open them in Google Earth, and they will appear in your Temporary Places at the bottom of the My Places panel. If you decide you want to save that collection, right click on it and “Save to My Places.” When you exit Google Earth, it will ask if you want to save the files that are in the Temporary Places.)
- Bible Places (ISBE) KMZ with info from ISBE and Easton Bible Dictionaries
- Note that the ISBE is from 1939 and Easton is from 1897. Use this dated information with discernment! (This file originated with the Bible Places group in the Google Earth Community, but I have corrected some errors and grouped sites alphabetically for easier navigation in Google Earth.)
- Complete list of Bible Place KMZ (from OpenBible.info; cf. below) with listing of every biblical mention and live links to the online ESV Bible
- Note that when you click on a Bible text, it will open a browser pane in Google Earth. You can open the window in your usual internet browser by clicking in the upper right corner [Open in ...]. To get back to the Earth view, click on “Back to Google Earth” at the upper left.
- Also available: KMZs arranged by biblical book and by chapter. Turn book or chapter layers on and off to see patterns across the Bible.
- Biblical Rivers and Bodies of Water KML (OpenBible.info)
- Jerusalem Overlays (OpenBible.info) Historical map overlays for Jerusalem
- Bible Mountains addins
- Sacred Destinations addins: Over 1000 sacred spots around the world
- Jerusalem Temple Overlays: Quite a few overlays and markers for spots at and around the Jerusalem Temple
- Sites of Jesus addin
- Google Earth and journeys of Paul
- Viewing Biblical Sites in Google Earth - Some helpful tips and a collection of links to KMZ files including Journeys of Paul (from Tim Schumacher)
- Paul's Missionary Journeys kmz file (get file HERE)
- Paul's first journey (annotated) kmz file
- Paul's second journey with locations in Athens kmz file
- Gerasa (by Stephen Langfur) is great example of using GoogleEarth to demonstrate city geometry