Bible Geography Pt. 4
In the last lesson, we have been studying about all the pre-Flood events. Today, we will cover the geography of the Earth starting directly after the Flood all the way to the Tower of Babel. As you might have guessed, this will be a very critical lesson, because it is dealing with two of the most major events in all history. Let’s begin.
Last week, we identified the location of where Adam and Eve where positioned when God cast them out of the Garden of Eden. The map below gives a better view of that location:
Once again, the Zagros Mountains are positioned off to the east with Eden to the southwest of those mountains, the Arabian desert to the west of Eden, and Mesopotamia to the North. We also see that man’s position just east of Eden was still inhabited by several natural resources such as rivers, but man was no longer in the “best” or “ideal” location.
In Genesis chapter six, we see the first mention of a worldwide, destructive Flood.
And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein [is] the breath of life, from under heaven; [and] every thing that [is] in the earth shall die.
Genesis 6:17 (KJV)
In the next chapter of Genesis, we see the destructive force of the Flood in action.
In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
Genesis 7:11 (KJV)
Not only was the surface of the Earth completely destroyed, even the innermost parts of the Earth were broken up. We realize from this verse that this Flood was and will always be the most powerful Flood that ever occurred in the history of Earth (some evolutionists may not admit this; but it’s true). The next mention to geography comes after the flood. The location of the ark when it washed ashore is precisely laid out for us in Genesis chapter 8 and 9.
And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.
And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth [month], on the first [day] of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen.
Genesis 8:4-5 (KJV)
We see here that God gives us a specific location of the ark and a specific time frame as to when the waters receded after the Flood. Thus, in Genesis 9, we finally see the migration of Noah’s sons (Shem, Ham, and Japheth) abroad across the Earth. Although I don’t have the time to get into everything, I have provided a map based upon biblical accounts of Shem, Ham, and Japheth’s journeys and purported routes of where they may have settled.
Here is another, modern-day map showing the location of where Noah’s ark would’ve landed today:
The next graphic shows the purported routes of Shem, Ham, and Japheth and their possible migration into different parts of the present-day Middle East:
Here is yet another map showing possible paths of Shem, Ham, and Japheth’s descendants into other parts of the known world:
The next reference to geography in the Bible doesn’t come until Genesis chapter eleven, at the Tower of Babel.
Part 4 to be continued…