Q: Someone recently asked me, “I am having a hard time finding Assyria on the map. Can you help me?” They also admitted that it’s confusing that the Bible talks about Assyria, Syria and Samaria, and the names are kind of similar sounding. 

A: It’s important to note that Assyria is the name of an ancient empire, and therefore modern maps show the names of current nations that are in the same lands that Assyria once occupied.  The area that was once Assyria is now regions predominantly in Iraq, Iran and Turkey. 

Below are some links to online maps that help further clarify by showing the region in ancient times: