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Reading the Scriptures Geographically: Some Tools and Insights

TitleReading the Scriptures Geographically: Some Tools and Insights
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsHalverson, Taylor
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture
KeywordsBook of Mormon Geography

The purpose of this article is to provide several examples of how meaning, understanding, and interpretation of scriptures may be enhanced when scriptures are read in their geographical context. Many scholarly articles seek exclusively to break new ground in meaning and meaning-making, to essentially produce new knowledge. This article hopes to break new ground both in terms of new knowledge (insights) as well as in the pragmatics of giving readers additional tools and opportunities for exploring the scriptures in fresh ways. In particular, this article will also highlight several free geographical tools that can improve one’s learning with the scriptures, with particular focus on Google Earth and the BYU tool (hereafter referred to as Google Earth Bible or GEB). The hope is that this article will, through the tools discussed, create opportunities for others to create new knowledge for themselves through scripture study.