If you look at a map of Iowa, you cannot find “Turkey Scratch” or “Bogus.” But those who grew up around Batavia know where both of them are. “Turkey Scratch” is a hilly section of road going through the woods south of Batavia.
My grandparent’s farm was just south of “Bogus.” I was a teenager before I learned the town is actually called “Abingdon.” “Bogus” was the nickname given to it after some counterfeiters, who set up shop in Abingdon, were caught.
Today we read the names of many towns. Out of curiosity, I wrote down all the names of towns in these chapters – over 5 pages of them! I looked up where they are on today’s maps. I found many were springs, wells, and landmarks.
- Hesbon – in Jordan
- Dibon – in Jordan
- Bamoth-baal – Jebel Attarus
- Beth-baal-maon – Fortress of Mi-Un S.W. of Heshbon
- Jahaz – Belka of modern Arabs
- Kiriathaim – 6 miles from Baal-Meon
- Zereth-Shahar – Southside of Wady Zerka M’ain
- Beth-peor – Minyeh
- Beth-jeshimoth – new Jeshimoth springs
- Arorah – 12 miles east of Beersheba
- Ramath-mizpeh – er-Ram 5 miles N of Jerusalem
- Betonim – 3 1/2 miles SW of Sea of Salt
- Mahanaim – 14 miles SE of Bethshan
- Succoth – E of Jordan Valley
- Zaphon – on the banks o Yarmuk
- Astaroth – Tel Ashtarah in Jaulan
- Hezron – 4 1/2 m No of Arad
- Kadesh barnea – El-Weibeh W sid of Valley of Arabah
- Debi – edh Dhahaureyeh SW of Hebron
- Kiriath-jearim 9 miles between Jerusalem and Lydda
- Kerioth-hezron K Ureitin 4 1/2 miles No of Arad
- Beersheba – Bin es Seba
- Mizpeh – Suf N of the Jabbok near Jerash
- Beth-dagon – S of Beit Dejan
- Mareshah – close to Beith Jibrin
- Dannah – Idhna 8 miles W of Hebron
- Eshtemoh – Semu’a S of Hebron
- Eshan – Es Simia nea Dunah
- Beth-tappuah – Tuffuh W of Hebron
- Maon – M’ain S of Hebron
- Jezreel – Meij ibn ‘Amr’
- Beth-zur – Beit Sur
- Beth-anath – Ainitha 6 miles W of Kedesh
There is one city, whose name never changed. It is the most recognized city in the world.
Joshua 15:63, “But the tribe of Judah could not drive out the Jebusites, who lived in the city of Jerusalem . . .” New Living Translation
A city in the Bible may not be found on a map, but that doesn’t mean it did not exist – just like “Bogus” and “Turkey Scratch.”
Dear Father God,
Reading the Bible is a geographical lesson of the middle east! No wonder the Bible was the only textbook used in America. Thank You for giving us such an informative book.
In Jesus Name,
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