Suggested Reading List

Pre-Trip Orientation

  • Charles R. Page II and Carl A. Volz, The Land and the Book: An Introduction to the World of the Bible (Nashville: Abingdon, 1993). ISBN: 0687462894
A Handy survey of the geography and history of the biblical world with charts and descriptions of the major archaeological periods. Useful surveys of sites and regions make this source an excellent companion throughout the tour as well.

  • Karen Armstrong, Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths (New York: Alfred Knopf, 1996). ISBN: 0345391683
Excellent, engaging introduction to the history of the land considered holy by the three monotheistic religions that originated in the middle east.  If you plan to read only one book prior to your trip, make this the one.

  • J.J. Pilch and B.J. Malina, eds., Handbook of Biblical Social Values (Peabody, MA: Hendricksons, 2000). ISBN: 1565633555
Excellent resource, neatly organized. Lays out the cultural perspectives and worldview of the traditional peoples of the ancient near east. Great for reference with well-selected articles opening up the language of the Bible within its social and cultural context.


In-Trip Guides

  • Jerome Murphy-O’Connor, The Holy Land: An Oxford Archaeological Guide from Earliest Times to 1700 (Fourth Edition) (Oxford Univ. Press, 1998).
The best handbook companion for excavated and reconstructed sites in the holy land. Good orientation to the sites we do every day.

  • Roy Turkington, Arise, Walk Through the Land (Cross Focus Communications).
Nicely done presentation of biblical sites, their locations, and essential biblical data. Hand-drawn maps make this little guide quite valuable for the travelers with their own transportation.

Post-Trip Reflection

  • Victor Matthews, Manners and Customs in the Bible (Peabody, MA: Hendricksons, 1988).
Well researched survey of the reality of life of the biblical periods throughout Old and New Testament Times. Loads of insights drawn competently from artifactual and written evidence.

  • F. LaGard Smith, Meeting God in Holy Places: A Devotional Journey (Harvest House, 1997).
Well written reflections of an attentive tourist to the holy land. Deep insights offered in a format that is tied to many of the important sites.

  • Philip King and Lawrence Stager, Life in Biblical Israel (Westminster-John Know, 2001).
Up-to-date, encyclopedic presentation of what we know about the lives of ordinary people in Bible times. A wealth of information for constant reference. Valuable for the layman and the clergy.

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