Google Earth (KMZ)
Use Google Earth to open KML and KMZ files.
The atlas lists all the places alphabetically, complete with thumbnails, verses, and photos (when available).
Overlays for Google Earth let you see how maps of ancient and modern Jerusalem fit satellite imagery.
Download a KML with outlines of the most of the bodies of water in the Bible. (It’s too big to preview in Google Maps. Sorry!)
About 10,000 photos of places in the Bible. These photos use the Flickr and Panoramio APIs and are thus of varying quality—many of them just happen to be of people or places near the ancient locations. But a lot of the photos are quite helpful: see Beersheba, Capernaum, and Ur, for example.
I recommend BiblePlaces.com for professional-quality photos of places in the Holy Land. Todd Bolen has done a fantastic job taking and collating photos.
These files map all the places in the Bible whose locations I could find.
The main data source was the Morrish Bible Dictionary, which contains the coordinates for many locations. Other sources were the ISBE, Easton’s, Smith’s, and Nave’s—in other words, all the usual public-domain sources. (The NET Bible folks have helpfully made these works easily accessible.) I consulted in-copyright sources from Logos Bible Software.
Crossway Bibles created and published a comprehensive list of place names in the ESV Bible, which served as the starting point for my work. Thanks also to the Google Earth community who identified about 200 places.
I don’t have any special qualifications, only a lot of free time. I graduated from Wheaton College, Illinois (2000), where I took a class that involved some Bible geography (in addition to traveling to many of the places listed), as well as a number of geology courses, but that’s it.
Absolutely! That’s why they’re here. All the data and maps are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license, meaning that you can use them for any purpose you want as long as you credit OpenBible.info.
Take your pick: there’s the tab-delimited raw version and a somewhat more useful merged version. The raw version contains a number of notes and other miscellania that haven’t made it into the maps or the KMLs.
There are almost certainly errors. Contact me (email address below or leave a comment on the blog) if you find any.
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