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Please suggest Bible maps and sources of maps. Supply as much information as possible such as area covered, contact information for source, and so forth.

This post below also has a link to an article about "Teaching with Bible Maps" that is full of techniques and how-to examples.

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Posted by Neil MacQueen:

Abingdon's Bible Maps for Children, Abingdon Press, 1996, ISBN: 0687026172.
Description: Set of color Bible maps that come stapled in a large book. You're supposed to pull the staples out and display the posters. They are about 18"x24" in size.

Some of the maps contain illustrations, such as the one about Abraham's journey. I've found that the key to getting maps used (other than writing use into the lesson plan) is to get them permanently hung where teachers and kids can see them. Storing them in a file cabinet is a waste. I've had my maps mounted on foam core board and they have a hanger on them. Easy to pull off the wall for discussion and they make good decorations too.

Bible Maps Collection from Peterli via Sunday Software

1. The Exodus and the Exile
2. The Land Where Jesus Lived
3. Jerusalem in Jesus’ Time
4. Early Christian Communities

(See Neil's article about teaching with Bible maps)

Posted by Jan FPC Napa:

Free Bible Maps to Print
Was just at one of my favorite devotional/Bible resource websites: and found a link for 41 FREE Bible maps (OT & NT) in color that you can print out on paper or overhead transparencies AND are in a format for PowerPoint. Here's the link:

Posted by Rhonda b:


  • Over 150 Maps and charts are now downloadable and can be purchased individually for as little as $1.49 each or in category sets at a savings of 25%.
  • Maps and images are suitable for printing high-resolution, full-page copies or for inserting into PowerPoint for high resolution, full-screen projection. In most cases when purchasing maps, you will receive both a labeled map and an unlabeled map. These maps/charts are in PDF format. You will need Adobe's Acrobat Reader to open, print and copy these files.
  • Each map is interactive in that you can click on any map city, feature or site and Bible-based "pop-up" information appears. In fact, there are over 400 pages of information contained in the program, and you can add your own information based on your own studies. Because we use vector images, the print output is breathtaking.
  • 12 Animated Maps also available to download at $1.89 each.  You will need to have either Microsoft's PowerPoint or PowerPoint Viewer to view maps.

Map animations of the exodus, the conquest of Canaan and Paul's four journeys.

Posted by Debbie Fisher: 

Then and Now Bible Maps by Rose Publishing, 1997, ISBN: 096550820X.
Description: Trying to connect the "Middle East" of the six o'clock news with the Holy Land of the Bible? Here's a resource that fills in the blanks! Transparent maps of modern-day Mediterranean and Middle Eastern countries lie flat over Bible maps showing the lands and cities where the patriarchs, Jesus, and the apostle Paul traveled. Tremendously helpful! 20 pages, spiralbound hardcover.

Then and Now Bible Map Overhead Transparencies, Rose Publishing' 1997, ISBN: 096550823.
Description: Peel away layers of time as you turn back clear plastic overlays of modern cities and countries to reveal ancient biblical places. Features twelve 8.5" x 11" transparencies, including the Middle East during modern and ancient times, Israel during Jesus' time, Paul's journeys, the united and divided kingdoms, and more.

Posted by Jan FPC Napa:

Reproducible Maps, Charts, Time Lines & Illustrations, Gospel Light, 1989, ISBN: 0830719385.
DESCRIPTION: Is a great resource. We got ours through our local Family Christian Store. It's very thorough and includes everything in the title ... and we like that it is reproducible.
Biblical timelines, an inside view of Solomon's Temple, or a map of Rome.

Lynn C Wood Posted:

Bible Maps Online
I just found a great site for Biblical maps:
The maps are detailed some topographical some general some very specific (Assyria in the 7th Century BCE).

Last edited by Neil MacQueen

Geography Resource

Posted by Jaymie Derden on posted May 26, 2002
The Baker Book of Bible Travel for Kids by Anne Adams, published by Educational Publishing Concepts, Inc., 1999.

Here's what the back cover says about this resource: "The Baker Book of Bible Travel for Kids is a great tool to help children adventure into the ancient world of the Old and New Testaments. .. kids will be able to put themselves into the Bible stories and the places that Bible people walked. Geography plays a vital role in the spread of Christianity, and this book will help kids better understand how and where our faith took its roots..."

Each location in the book includes the following information:
Location name and pronunciation (THANK YOU!!!)
Traveler: the Bible person/s involved in the story
Transportation: what method of travel they used
What to take: any special items of interest pertinent to the story
Reason for visit: some background on the event or place
Then and Now: puts the geography in context of Bible times and modern times
Color illustrations: on each page

64 locations are included from Antioch to Zion!


Added by moderator March 2006

Hands-On Geography: Easy & Fun Activities for Exploring God's World, By: Maggie Hogan, Janice Baker, Bright Ideas Press, 2001, ISBN: 1892427036.

Geography is more than maps---and the world is more than continents and countries. These multi-grade projects provide an in-depth look at the world around us from a Christian perspective. Whether creating their own country notebook or studying about missionaries, your students will learn how geography affects economics, politics, science, religion, and cultures. Includes resource lists and reproducible work sheets and maps. 142 pages, softcover.

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Bible Maps For Children, Gospel Light, ISBN 0830715029
Description: Includes: 7 Old Testament maps, 3 New Testment maps, Colorful diagrams of the Tabernacle and Temple.

Follow Moses: Poster Sticker Book, Kregel Publications, 2004, ISBN: 0825472911
Description: Description: A great book of exciting stories about Moses, with a huge fold-out wall poster with a map of Egypt and the desert, plus reusable stickers to decorate it. Follow the story of Moses from his basket in the bulrushes to the Exodus out of Egypt. Journey through the desert towards the Promised Land. Take part in Moses' adventures by adding stickers to the map to illustrate each story. Lovely large colourful map for younger children. Map is 22" x 16".

Follow Jesus: Poster Sticker Book, by Tim Dowley, Kregel Publications, 2004, ISBN: 0825472903.
Description: This book - with reusable stickers and a giant foldout map - shows the travels of Jesus. His journey is presented graphically with images of the fascinating people, places, and events He encountered. Lovely large colourful map for younger children. Map is 22" x 16".

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20 Bible Map Activities: Caravan Middle East and the Holy Land, By: Nancy Fisher, Rose Publishing, 1999, ISBN: 1890947067. OUT OF PRINT
Join the Bible Caravan to the Middle East and the Holy land with this lesson guide to the Old Testament for grades 3-7. With exciting reproducible worksheets and activities. Middle East & Holy Land Map Games.
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Journeys Through Bible Lands, By: Tim Dowley, Candle Books, 2007, Hardcover, 9780825473340, 12 pages.
Now here’s a neat new map book. Kid’s will be enthralled when they pull the tab of a simple black and white drawing and see it turn into a colourful fun detailed map of one of 5 bible characters journeys. Maps retrace the steps of Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Jesus, and Paul.

Other Books in same series:

Living in Bible Times, By: Tim Dowley, Candle Books, 2007, Hardcover, 9780825473357.
Have not seen this, but it looks to be similar to the above book. Publishers description: “Camel rides are not required for this discovery tour of the ancient world! Your 9- to 12-year-olds will find answers to questions including: How were the pyramids built? What exactly is the tabernacle? How did people cook? Visual learners will delight in the black-and-white line drawings that pull out into illustrations in living color! 12 pages”


Great resource to add to your Paul collection.
Roman Ship Model, By: Tim Dowley, Kregel Publications, June 1st 2008, Hardcover, 9780825473623.
Publisher Description: “When the apostle Paul was sent from Caesarea to Rome to be tried before Caesar, he traveled in a Roman merchant ship. This book helps children bring to life the journey of Paul with fascinating information about ships, sailing in New Testament times, and Paul's eventful voyage. Children can also make their own Roman ship model using punch-out pieces stored in a pocket inside the back cover.”

Last edited by Luanne Payne
An idea for using maps...

Posted by Ann Randall (User name: Randlut) on May 24, 2011

This is something that happened by accident that worked really well. We have shared space, so when I wanted to use a large map of Paul's journeys, I just laid it on the table we were sitting around like a tablecloth. It made it very easy to keep referring back to the map as we discussed the story, for them to look at the map and ask questions, to point to the location we were discussing.
Ann Randall
Noble Road Presbyterian Church
Cleveland Heights, OH

Article on Teaching with Bible Maps (in Sunday School)

This article is posted at my software website and has a lot of teaching examples in it. You are welcome to print it.

  1. Intro
  2. Why teach with maps
  3. Example of teaching a story with a map, questions you can ask
  4. Young Children and Maps
  5. 15 lesson ideas for teaching with maps
  6. Tips for displaying maps

I love to look at Bible maps and teach with them. Always have. Maps are far more than geography lessons. They are "graphic user interfaces" for a trove of information and reflection.

  • Maps are “storyboards” which the teacher creates in the student’s mind.
  • They are a visual prop upon which to hang our verbally delivered information.  
  • They are a graphic user interface that can store and trigger memories.
  • Maps harness our “love of the hunt”. (Where’s Egypt? How far to Sinai? Where did they go next?)

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