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Biblical Geography

Based on the clue, name these places that appeared in the Bible or in Biblical lore.
Last updated: January 04, 2018
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City of Jesus's birth
Bethlehem
City where Jesus grew up
Nazareth
Place that Adam & Eve were
expelled from
Garden of Eden
Wicked cities that God destroyed
(Lot's wife watched)
Gomorrah
Sodom
City of the Jewish temple
Jerusalem
Nebuchadnezzar's empire
Babylon
Nation afflicted by ten plagues
Egypt
Sea on which Jesus walked
Sea of Galilee
Two Jewish kingdoms
Israel
Judah
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Imperial capital where Paul proselytized
Rome
Body of water that parted for Moses
Red Sea
River where Jesus was baptized
Jordan River
Mountain the ark is said to have landed on
Mount Ararat
City whose walls fell to Joshua's trumpets
Jericho
Jesus told a surprising story about a
"good" person from this country
Samaria
Samson battled people of this nationality
Philistines
Place from which Jesus
ascended to heaven
Mount of
Olives
Island where John wrote Revelation
Patmos
Mountain where Moses received
the Ten Commandments
Mount Sinai
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level 73
Sep 3, 2013
Got everything except Patmos, never heard of that before. I'm sure I knew all the other answers already but I'm reading through Jerusalem: A Biography right now and most of these places feature. Good read, aside from the beginning being quite repetitive (king A conquers Jerusalem, kills all the Jews, king B conquers Jerusalem, lets them come back, king C conquers Jerusalem, kills everybody, and so on and so on for a couple thousand years)

There are more than two Jewish kingdoms in history and mentioned in the Bible- but still easy to figure out which ones you mean. Also, the Philistines had no nation and I don't think Samaria was ever a country, but whatever. :) Consider your nits picked.
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level 73
Sep 3, 2013
Two of these places feature in my oldest cities quiz.
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level 71
Sep 3, 2013
Same, all but Patmos. Not bad for a heathen...
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level 7
Jun 10, 2014
I know this is a little late, but the Philistines were actually from Philistia....
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level 73
Feb 21, 2018
... which was a land full of several tribes constantly warring with one another each with minimal territorial expanse. I wouldn't call that a nation.
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level 45
Aug 28, 2018
but it wants the nationality not the country they come from so if people asked my nationality I would say British not Great Britain
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level 73
Aug 28, 2018
Because you believe that you belong to the British nation. You might conceptualize this as either the country of the United Kingdom, or you might conceptualize this as the "British nation"- a people connected by shared history, language, and culture. In either case, whether you identify your nationality as coming from the country that appears on your passport or coming from your belonging to a people with a shared identity, the Philistines did not have this. They had neither a country nor a shared nationalist identity.
The region you live in (in your case the island of Great Britain) is not what people derive their nationality from. The original definition of nation was the people with common identity definition I gave above. Over time, as the idea of nation-states caught on (countries defined as homes to different people with common identity), "nation" became synonymous with "country." But never did it mean "loosely defined geographic area you are from."
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level 14
Sep 3, 2013
I wonder if I tried "Sea of Tiberius"? That was the Roman name for the Sea of Galilee.
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level 47
Dec 6, 2016
Or Lake of Gennesaret? That's how it was referred to in my current Bible study (when people asked what it was, the leaders said Sea of Galilee). Didn't try it--Sea of Galilee is how it's better known--but just curious if it's accepted.
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level 73
Sep 3, 2013
nope. I just checked, that doesn't work. Pretty much of all these places have at least a dozen different names.
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level 67
Sep 5, 2013
100% with 2:15 left
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level 40
Dec 12, 2014
paul also did at Damascus, so add that for an answer
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level 25
Nov 17, 2015
But Damascus was not an "Imperial" city
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level 73
Jun 11, 2016
It was from 661 - 744 C.E.
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level 36
Oct 3, 2015
lucky for me im currently watching the series "the bible" and it has a lot of the answers in there.
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level 58
Oct 4, 2015
It would be interesting to figure out how many of these are true...
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level 75
Nov 19, 2015
Most of the places presumably existed. A lot of the events, particularly the New Testament ones, are likely to have occurred. Proving Old Testament events, and matching events to places, is rather more difficult.
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level 73
Jun 11, 2016
While the stories are largely fictional or at least fictionalized, most of the places are real enough. Exceptions being the Garden of Eden, of course, and possibly Sodom and Gomorah. There is a real Mt. Ararat in Turkey... however... this mountain was named after the Biblical place and probably not the actual mountain referenced in the Bible, which could have been a different mountain, or could have been entirely made-up, same as the flood story was. Though if the authors of this story had ever seen Mt. Ararat it's possible they were inspired to include it in the story. It is quite impressive to see with your own eyes.
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level 75
Aug 7, 2016
I did see an interesting discussion once about how the flood story was likely inspired by a true event. Something about how all the Arabian and eastern Med civilisations have a great flood story in their mythology, so it's quite likely that there was in fact a flood or tidal wave in that region.
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level 73
Dec 26, 2016
Considering how often early civilizations sprung up in flood plains (access to flowing water, very fertile soil)... it's not surprising that almost every early civilization also has a story about a catastrophic flood. Most of them predating the Biblical story.
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level 53
Apr 27, 2017
The Biblical history was written about, well...history. It's talking about events in the past, so it coming after other accounts of those events doesn't make it null and void.
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level 73
Feb 21, 2018
The Biblical story and the other stories that predate it are mythology not history. If they're all writing about the same event then the fact the Bible differs on many important points from these earlier accounts would prove the Bible is not historically accurate. But... they are not history.
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level 37
Feb 21, 2018
Did you know that a boat was found right by Mt. Ararat recently? And then scientists drilled down and figured out the boat was the exact proportions mentioned in Genesis. Furthermore, God instructed Noah to construct the ark out of gopher wood. And scientists determined it is gopher wood! It was found frozen under ice, preserved for thousands of years! I think it's so cool to see how we can still find evidence that the Bible is true in the 21st century and also how God preserved the ark just so we could find it years later!
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level 73
Mar 1, 2018
eagles fan: I would suggest that from now on you don't trust any information you get from whatever place it was that you read that story. Though, it doesn't sound like the sort of thing you would find published somewhere... my guess is.. anonymous or falsely attributed e-mail forwarded from a family friend?

Archaeology as a discipline was invented by early Christians seeking out evidence to validate their beliefs in the lands where Biblical stories took place. There have been many, many expeditions that set out in search of the Ark. They've found precisely jack and squat. There is no evidence that there was ever a global flood and enormous amounts of evidence that prove beyond any shadow of a doubt this story is fictional.
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level 56
Jun 23, 2018
My understanding is that the Garden of Eden is located in Jackson County, Missouri.
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level 73
Jun 24, 2018
^according to the Mormons. Muslims place it in Saudi Arabia, somewhere near Jeddah, of course. Just like ancient Palestinians picked out locations for their stories that were known to them.
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level 9
Oct 5, 2015
For the two Jewish kingdoms questions, Israel was not a Jewish kingdom. The Jewish kingdom was Judah and from that we derive the word Jew. The Northern Kingdom was known as Israel but also known as Samaria. It's from there that we get the good Samaritan. It's like this, all Jews are Israelites, but not all Israelites are/were Jews. There is still a small small population of Samaritans today.
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level 73
Jun 11, 2016
Samaria was the capital of the Kingdom of Israel.
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level 27
Oct 6, 2015
I typed Olive heaps of time until I finally added the 's'. Haha silly me.
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level 40
Mar 16, 2016
This was easy for me, except for some reason I drew a blank on the question about Solomon. I kept thinking of the Midianites, but I think that was another judge, perhaps Gideon? Anyway, it's a great quiz. Thanks.
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level 42
Oct 18, 2016
Olivet should be accepted for Olives.
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level 39
Nov 10, 2016
There's always ONE!....
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level 64
Mar 3, 2017
Would you be willing to accept "Palestinians" as well as "Philistines"?
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level 73
Feb 21, 2018
Definitely not the same thing!
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level 34
Aug 7, 2017
I'm not Christian... got 5/21... don't even know why I tried...
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level 44
Jan 24, 2018
Philistine singular should be accepted as well
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level 47
Apr 23, 2018
Why isn't "Philistia" acceptable for Philistines?
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level 35
Jun 23, 2018
Crazy I don't care if the whole world calls me Crazy I don't care if it looks like I've Lost my mind, I'm alive To live a reckless, righteous, foolish life Maybe I was born to be crazy I was born to be crazy Some say, "Strange," Some say, "Odd" I say, "Child of the living God" Some say, "Mad," some say, "Wrong" I say, "Child of the living God" ~Newsboys~
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level 60
Jun 23, 2018
Could you accept Philistine for Philistines please?
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level 73
Jun 23, 2018
If there were only one of them, David defeating their greatest champion probably wouldn't have been as noteworthy.
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level 20
Jun 23, 2018
Ohh nooo.....
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level 74
Jun 23, 2018
Extremely easy for this former Sunday School teacher but I enjoyed it.
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level 65
Jun 23, 2018
How stupid I feel now. After the first Jesus questions, I read the Adam & Eve one and somehow thought Mary and Joseph. Couldn't get the answer, and when I saw Garden of Eden I also realized my mistake. So note to self; learn to read :P
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level 31
Jun 24, 2018
Horeb should be accepted for Sinai. Both names are used.
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level 58
Jun 25, 2018
I have visited Patmos (Greek island), it was great. So was Mount Sinai (though it probably wasn't the same Mt Sinai as in the Bible).
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level 75
Jun 25, 2018
Would it make sense to also accept "philistine" singular? It seems to fit the question. "This nationality" - philistine nationality.
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