History comes alive in this newly revised edition! Hebrew Scriptures - Canaanites - Israelites - First and Second Temples - Greeks- Romans - Christianity - Judaism - Islam - Crusaders - Mamlukes - State of Israel You will meet them all, and more, on the pages of A Historical Tour of the Holy Land as you tour from event to event in the history of this small piece of land nestled between Egypt and the Fertile Crescent. Beryl Ratzer, an Israeli tour guide, combines her extensive knowledge of Israeli archaeology, geography and history, with her great love of the Land of Israel to enrich the tourist and historian alike in their Holy Land adventure. The geographical setting for both the Old and New Testaments is the Holy Land, which today seems to feature in almost every news broadcast throughout the world. The Holy Land has a fascinating history covering more than three thousand years. Jerusalem, site of the Temple where Jesus prayed and taught, has been lived in during all that time. Countless conquering armies have wreaked destruction but the identity of Jerusalem has never been in doubt. You can learn that history quite painlessly, from the chronology of the biblical period through to modern times. Doesn't seem possible? Most tourists and pilgrims visiting the Holy Land would have agreed with you. At the end of their visit they would ask me: "How do we even begin to remember the interesting, but complicated, history of this land?"
Many books were available but they were too heavy - literally and figuratively.
What was needed was a short, readable and presentable book packed with information. That was why I, a licensed guide, sat down and wrote "A Historical Tour of the Holy Land". Successful beyond expectation, the book is now in its second edition. A mere 156 pages but it introduces the reader to all the people who have lived in, or conquered, the Holy Land - a land which has been known by so many names, from biblical times and up till the present.
The geographic heart and soul of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, the Holy Land has immense significance for the millions of visitors it has attracted since as early as the fifth century BC. Now in an exciting new edition, this popular handbook once again offers tourists an indispensable, illustrated guide to over 200 of the most important archeological and religious sites in the City of Jerusalem and the surrounding area.
Fully updated with all the latest information, The Holy Land presupposes little knowledge of history or archaeology, giving clear directions on how to find sites and monuments of interest-both well-known locations and those less familiar. With entries including the Damascus Gate, the Via Dolorosa, Mount Sion, the Dead Sea, Hebron, and Jericho, this indispensable book includes detailed maps, plans, and illustrations that further illuminate these spectacular locales. Each entry explains the history and topography of a site as well as its function and significance. In his introduction, Father Jerome Murphy-O'Connor provides a brief historical outline of the Holy Land, from the Stone Age to the Modern Period, and lists sites accordingly. The Fifth Edition includes new information on the crucial recent developments at the Holy Sepulchre and on six completely new sites, including a Middle Bronze Age water system in Jerusalem and what may be the original Pool of Siloam.
A marvelous Baedeker to both the city of Jerusalem and the Holy Land, brimming with practical advice and featuring more than 150 high quality site plans, maps, diagrams, and photographs, this book provides the ultimate visitor's guide to one of the richest archaeological regions in the world.
A visual tour of the promised land, from the stark vistas of the Judean wilderness to the lush banks of Jordan, for those who want to see the places of the Bible from the comfort of their own homes—and from the best angles
Laid out in a stunning series of color spreads, the history of the Holy Land—from Bible times to the present day—is brought vividly to life. Peter Walker unearths the rich layers of history of this sacred place, exploring the backdrop to the events that occurred in Old Testament times through to critical moments such as the Muslim conquest, the crusades, and the modern rediscovery of Bible sites. The Holy Land frequently features in today's headlines as a much fought-for territory. Many know part of its story, as recounted in the Bible, but what happened after Jesus' time? This visually-led guide beautifully captures the richness of the area bringing its story to life in a magical way.
In the Steps of Jesus presents a visually stimulating tour of the places Jesus visited and ministered in during his time on earth as recorded in the Gospels. Each location is addressed separately and includes such cities as Capernaum, Nazareth, and Jerusalem. Full color photos bring to life the ancient world of the Bible few will ever be able to visit in person. With every page, the reader will gain greater insight into the history, geography, and unique features of these historic places. A must-have reference book for those interested in the study of the New Testament and the life of Christ.
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