How Jesus Used Geography to Tell God’s Story
Throughout the centuries, the Bible has been explored in countless ways, from chronological to thematic; approaches designed to make study efficient and effective. Jesus often linked lessons and landscape.
When we accept his invitation to walk along the road with him, we find ourselves visiting places we have been before as Bible readers. This is no accident. Jesus frequently takes us to places we have been before, so that he can build a new lesson on an earlier experience we have had at a place.
And that raises some new and interesting questions. Why did Jesus have us revisit the Jordan River east of Jericho for his baptism? Why did Jesus go into the wilderness to be tempted? Why did Jesus take us back to the region of Caesarea Philippi to have a conversation about his identity?
In Along the Road, John Beck intertwines the timeless stories and truths of the Bible with the geography that links many of them together. Beck shows how physical aspects of the land enhance our understanding of Jesus’s life and ministry, giving you new insights into familiar Bible accounts.
John Beck takes the weighty concepts of Biblical geography and brings them to a level that everyone can understand—even if you’re not a geography buff. The features of the countryside where Jesus lived and worked were often integral to the parables and miracles related in the Gospels. Divorcing the Bible text from the ground where it arose removes much of its insight, so Beck describes in rich detail the landscape of the Holy Land where Jesus shared the gospel and performed miracles. Tying together the culture, geography, and history of each locale brings fresh insight to familiar Bible stories.
This book considers twenty such moments of geographic deja vu, exploring how Jesus used geography to tell God’s story.
This easily-read book can be used for personal or group Bible study. Along the Road is also complemented by a DVD documentary of the same title. Both sold separately or in our special package offer. The DVD presents seven of these lessons on site in Israel.