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  • shalom and welcome to the Satellite Bible Atlas video number one

  • 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 at the Bible is not a make-believe or fairyland

  • but a real place on our earth

  • the Bible is a record of real events

  • that happened to real people at real places

  • in a nutshell this is the message the Bible

  • the divine and transcendent God who created everything

  • is involved with man's world

  • and 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 size the blue shape

  • as compared to the size the United States

  • or compare the size of Israel to California on the left

  • or note on the right Israel land mass is about the same size as New Jersey

  • the 5th smallest state in the United States

  • 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've set her

  • in the center of the nations

  • with countries all around her

  • God indicates in this scriptures

  • that He would make Himself known to the world

  • thru the people of Israel in the land of Israel

  • Events in the 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 SBA

  • 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 in 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 political interests

  • would set its sights on Israel

  • as a bridge for expansion

  • later in history

  • Europe get into the picture

  • this is a well-chosen land

  • for the Lord of the earth

  • to demonstrate and sometimes subtle

  • yet concrete ways

  • his sovereignty over the Kingdoms of man

  • the history of the Jewish people with the land of Israel

  • as evidence at 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 are a few other features and terms

  • of the ancient Near East to be familiar with

  • you are using map 2-1

  • a map showing Abraham's migration from Mesopotamia to Canaan

  • to mark out the Fertile Crescent

  • this is an area shaped like a crescent

  • that extends from Persian Gulf

  • North along Tigris and Euphrates river's basins

  • through modern Syria

  • and down along the eastern Mediterranean Sea board

  • it's a land with enough water

  • either from rivers or rain

  • to produce crops

  • the Fertile Crescent is made up of two parts

  • Mesopotamia means the land between the rivers

  • the Euphrates and Tigris

  • this is where Iraq is today

  • in an ancient times is center of both

  • the Assyrian and Babylonian empires

  • the other part of the Fertile Crescent is called the Levant

  • which is the eastern Mediterranean Sea board

  • Levant means raised up

  • there is characterized by hills and valleys

  • plateaus and mountains

  • some over 9,000 feet in elevation

  • the Levant includes the lands of Israel

  • just called Canaan in Abraham's time

  • to briefly review the main concepts presented in this video

  • the land of the Bible is a real place on our earth

  • the Bible describes real people

  • real events in real places

  • the Bible is a record

  • 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 Asian Africa and Europe

  • have covered at this land is a bridge for expansion

  • we mention that the central position

  • of the land and people of Israel

  • ultimately testifies to the transcendence

  • and sovereignty 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'll take a closer look

  • at the distinctive geographical regions of the land of Israel

shalom and welcome to the Satellite Bible Atlas video number one

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