Behind the Bible–
the events in the Bible,
the people in the Bible,
the message of the Bible,
–is the physical land of the Bible and how that land works.
Who We Are
The land of the Bible is one of the Bible’s best commentaries ... it is what Biblical Backgrounds calls ‘God’s testing ground of faith.’
At Biblical Backgrounds we see the land as central to the story of the Bible. God called Abraham to this fragile land. After the Exodus Israel returned to this land caught between Egypt’s power and the empires of the north. David and others built kingdoms here, and Jesus offered God’s Kingdom in the midst of this Roman dominated ‘Land Between.’
It is a land of opposing features. The Rift Valley has torn through its mountainous regions. The flora of the well-watered north contrasts sharply with the dry south. Uplifted hills, deeply eroded canyons, steep faults, sea and swamps impede travel.
We encourage you to learn the land and its regions with hands-on map work. Follow David’s movements through the varied terrain of Judah. See Samson’s escapades in the lowlands. Understand the temptations of kings to ignore the warnings of the prophets. Identify the battlefields between the peoples of the Bible. The land is an interpretive lens on the Bible. Immerse yourself in our studies to grasp hold of Bible times.