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  • Shalom and welcome to the Satellite Bible Atlas, video #1.

  • In this video we introduce

  • the general location of the land of Israel and how it functions as a land bridge between three continents.

  • We recommend keeping your Satellite Bible Atlas handy since you can pause the video at any time to look at the maps with better resolution and clarity in the atlas.

  • First let’s note where Israel is located.

  • The Land of the Bible sits at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea.

  • It is a land bridge between three continents: Europe, Asia and Africa.

  • The Land of the Bible is not a fairy land, but a real place on earth.

  • The Bible is a record of real events that happened to real people, at real places.

  • In a nutshell, this is the message of the Biblethe divine, or transcendent God who created everything, is involved with the man’s world.

  • God’s involvement is not in an abstract way, but in concrete ways involving real people, real events, real places, on our real earth.

  • The land of Israel is relatively small. Here Israel’s size, the blue shape, is compared to the size of the USA.

  • Or compare the size of Israel to California here on the left.

  • Note on the right, Israel’s land mass is about the same size as New Jersey, the 5th smallest state in the USA.

  • But in spite of Israel’s relatively small size, this little land has had a huge impact upon history.

  • This is undoubtedly because of God’s association with the land and people of Israel.

  • The Lord says in Ezekiel 5:5: “This is Jerusalem. I have set her in the center of the nations, with countries all around her.”

  • God indicates in the Scriptures that He would make Himself known to the world through the people of Israel, in the land of Israel.

  • Events in this small land would give evidence that the God of the Bible is the true God, and that there is no other.

  • Map 12-1 in the Satellite Bible Atlas shows the borders of the modern countries in the Middle East.

  • Let’s take a closer look at Israel’s position as a land bridge between three continents.

  • Note the two ancient cradles of civilization : Mesopotamia and Egypt.

  • The route between Mesopotamia and Egypt is funneled through the land of Israel

  • because the Arabian Desert to the east, and the Mediterranean Sea on the west, present difficult obstacles for travel.

  • As a land bridge between continents, the land of Israel has historically been coveted by big empires in Egypt and Asia.

  • Any kingdom interested in expanding military,economic or political interests

  • would set its sights on Israel as a bridge for expansion.

  • Later in history Europe got into the picture.

  • This is a well-chosen land for the Lord of the earth to demonstrate in sometimes subtle, yet concrete ways,

  • His sovereignty over the kingdoms of men.

  • The history of the Jewish people with the land of Israel is evidence

  • that the God of the Bible is the true God, who alone transcends time and space.

  • Before we look closer at the Land of Israel, there a few other features and terms of the Ancient Near East to be familiar with.

  • We will use Map 2-1, a map showing Abram’s migration from Mesopotamia to Canaan, to mark out the Fertile Crescent .

  • This is an area shaped like a crescent that extends from the Persian Gulf, north along the Tigris and Euphrates river basins

  • through modern Syria and then down along the eastern Mediterranean seaboard.

  • It is a land with enough water, either from rivers or rain, to produce crops.

  • The Fertile Crescent is made up of two parts . “

  • Mesopotamiameansthe land between the Rivers” – the Euphrates and Tigris.

  • This is where Iraq is today,

  • and in ancient times was the center of both the Assyrian and Babylonian empires.

  • The other part of the Fertile Crescent is called the Levant, which is the eastern Mediterranean seaboard.

  • Levant meansraised up”.

  • The area is characterized by hills, valleys, plateaus and mountainssome over 9000 ft. in elevation.

  • The Levant includes the land of Israel, which was calledCanaan: in Abraham’s time.

  • To briefly review the main concepts presented in this video:

  • First, The land of the Bible is a real place on our earth.

  • The Bible describes real people, real events, and real places.

  • The Bible is a record of God’s involvement with the real world of mankind.

  • Next, The land of the Bible is situated as a land bridge between three continents.

  • Empires in Asia, Africa and Europe have coveted this land as a bridge for expansion.

  • We mentioned that the central position of the land and people of Israel ultimately testifies to

  • the transcendence and sovereignty of the God of the Bible.

  • We also learned the location of the Fertile Crescent, including its two parts, Mesopotamia and the Levant.

  • In our next video we will take a closer look at the distinctive geographical regions of the land of Israel.

  • Subtitles by the Amara.org community

Shalom and welcome to the Satellite Bible Atlas, video #1.

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