Reading Information

Numerous resources are available to enhance your time abroad as well as allow you to continue to have “devotions with your feet” upon returning home. Below you will find various materials we have found helpful for those traveling to biblical lands. For your convenience, we have also included a link to Amazon for a convenient and affordable way to obtain these resources. Simply click on either the book’s title or icon to be routed to Amazon.

Israel

The New Christian Traveler’s Guide to the Holy Land

Written by Charles Dyer, a Bible scholar and veteran Holy Land tour guide, and Greg Hatteberg, this guide book includes general information about five key Bible lands: Israel, Egypt, Greece, Jordan, and Turkey. This book includes a full color 32-page photo insert, practical tips for travelers, a 4-week prayer guide for preparing for your trip, and detailed maps and an outline of Bible history.

Battles of the Bible: A Military History of Ancient Israel

In this revised edition, you will find an in-depth study of the wars of ancient Israel, which ranges from the invasion of Canaan by the Israelites under Joshua’s command to the Maccabees’ successful rebellion against Seleucid domination. The work contains excellent maps with up-to-date research.

 

Bible Archaeology: An Exploration of the History and Culture of Early Civilizations

This book offers full-color maps, photographs, and diagrams to introduce you to biblical archaeology. By sharing knowledge and insight into the historical contexts and cultural settings of the biblical narratives, the authors will assist you in understanding the world of the Bible. As a result, readers can achieve a more accurate interpretation of the scriptures.

 

Manners and Customs in the Bible: An Illustrated Guide to Daily Life in Bible Times

Fully updated with new photos and images, this excellent resource will help you gain valuable cultural background on the biblical world. What people wore, what they ate, what they built, how they exercised justice, how they mourned, how they viewed family and legal customs–all are “manners and customs” and all vary from period to period throughout Israel’s history.

 

The Holy Land: An Oxford Archaeological Guide (Oxford Archaeological Guides)

This popular handbook offers you an in-depth, illustrated guide to over 200 of the most important archeological and religious sites in Israel. Written for the more serious student, the author has included detailed maps, plans, and illustrations. Each entry explains the history and topography of a site as well as its function and significance.

 

Zondervan Atlas of the Bible

Zondervan NIV Atlas of the Bible is the quintessential resource for maps of the Bible. The work provides over one hundred full-color, multidimensional maps created with the help of Digital Elevation Modeling data. It concludes with chapters on the history of Jerusalem, the disciplines of historical geography, and the most complete and accurate listing and discussion of place-names found in any atlas. Throughout the Atlas, innovative graphics, chronological charts, and over one hundred specially selected images help illuminate the geographical and historical context of biblical events.

Turkey & Greece

A Guide to Biblical Sites in Greece and Turkey

While written over 10 years ago, this work is one of the best resources for exploring biblical sites in both Turkey and Greece. Retracing Paul’s missionary journeys, Fant and Reddish include invaluable maps, diagrams, and charts.

 

 

Biblical Turkey: A Guide to the Jewish and Christian Sites of Asia Minor

This work is undoubtedly one of the best comprehensive guides to the ancient Jewish and Christian sites in Turkey. It includes all the references to cities, regions, provinces, and natural features in Bile. Colorful photographs and plans of selected sites illustrate the volume.

 

 

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Bibliography

Click on “Bibliography” to obtain a far more exhaustive list of key resources pertaining to the history, geography, and archaeology of the Bible.