From a study of the geography of the gospels, one gains several strong impressions:
1. The gospel writers had a definite geographical perspective and emphasis, but
they were not obsessed by this interest. They were not writing a geography of the life of Christ, but
they used selective geographical notices to elucidate His life and ministry.
2. The general framework of the life of Christ is clear. The places of His birth,
childhood, and death are known. The major portion of His ministry was in Galilee, and the center of
His Galilean ministry was at Capernaum.
3. Relatively few of the places where Jesus ministered are definitely named and
identified by the gospel writers. The writers were more interested in Christ's message than the place
He delivered it. They used geography only where it furthered that objective.
4. Jesus' ministry was confined almost entirely to Jewish centers free from Gentile
influence. His ministry was primarily to the Jews. He had little to do with the Hellenistic centers
such as Sepphoris, Scythopolis, and Tiberias.
5. The gospels reflect not only a geographical perspective and emphasis, they are
topographically accurate. Satisfactory explanations are available that refute the arguments of the
critics and vindicate the accuracy of the gospels.