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This activity has a couple of options. First, you may work with a Bible which has maps (often located in the back) or Chapter by Chapter Scriptural Maps (instructions) and the scripture texts linked below (download Google Earth free)Second, you may create your map by hand in which case print out the PDF version below, or on your computer in which case use the Pp version. Click here for very brief instructions regarding working with maps in Pp.

Part A, Israel’s Travels from Egypt to the Land of Promise (traditional)

Use this map (PDF version) (Pp version) (alternate version). Read Exodus 12:37; 13:20-14:4; 14:26-17:7, 19:1, Numbers 10:11-12:16, and 20:1-22:1 and trace out the travels of the people. As you are reading each time you come to a place where the Israelites stayed find it on Google Earth or on the map in the back of your Bible. On the map you are creating: mark locations, scripture references, and place arrows between locations.

The biblical accounts of Israel's wilderness travels present significant difficulties, including numerous unknown locations and coordinating the several biblical witnesses. For introduction to the challenges of Israel’s wilderness travels, see Schnittjer, The Torah Story, 233-34, 245, 438, 440-41.

Part B, Transjordan

Use this map (PDF version) (Pp version) (alternate version). Locate: Reuben, Gad, half tribe of Manasseh (transjordanhalf), Edom, Moab, Ammon, kingdoms of Sihon, Og (see Num 20-21; 31-32). 

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