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Whet your appetite for the archaeology and history of Israel! The list below is not exhaustive and should be considered as a beginning point in your studies.

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Recommended Books

Israel: An Archaeological Journey

Israel: An Archaeological Journey
This free e-book illuminates this most sacred of destinations using recent archaeological research. As the point where three of the world’s major religions converge, Israel’s history is one of the richest and most complex in the world. This free collection of articles, written by scholars who have first-hand knowledge of their subjects, sifts through the archaeology and history of this ancient land, and presents a view of these Biblically-significant sites through an archaeologist’s lens.


Where Christianity Was Born

Where Christianity Was Born: A Collection from the Biblical Archaeology Society
by Hershel Shanks (editor)

A compilation of articles previously published in Biblical Archaeology Review, this book examines what the world was like where Jesus lived. With over 200 images, it follows Jesus through the land where he lived and walked 2,000 years ago.




The Holy Land: An Oxford Archaeological Guide (Oxford Archaeological Guides)
by Jerome Murphy O’Connor

This book is an excellent choice for visitors to the Holy Land who want to take an in-depth look at the area's historical sites. Among this Oxford guide's special features are 150 site plans, maps, diagrams, and photographs; routes through the Old City of Jerusalem; a brief historical outline; and a glossary of essential terms.




Jerusalem Stone and Spirit: 3000 Years of History and Art
by Dan Bahat and Shalom Sabar

Jerusalem: Stone and Spirit offers a truly unique view of the Holy City in a blend of compelling history and sumptuous visuals. Images collected from all over the world-many previously unpublished-show maps based on the bible and historical events; lithographs, including a romanticized view of the Dome of the Rock; the earliest Biblical quotation found, inscribed on a silver plaque; illuminated manuscripts sowing Mohammad's ascension into heaven and the cursaders' siege of Jerusalem; coins stamped with an early image of the menorah or a portrait of the Emperor Hadrian; and mosaics, reliefs, letters and paintings.




The Illustrated Atlas of Jerusalem
by Dan Bahat

Festive "Jerusalem 3000" edition with foreword by Ehud Olmert, Mayor of Jerusalem. Through the lavish use of maps, diagrams, reconstructions and color photographs, the historical and architectural development of the Holy City unfolds before the reader. Each major period in Jerusalem's 4,000-year history is dealt with at length and instructively, with information based on the latest archaeological findings and scientific research.




The Complete Guide to the Temple Mount Excavations
by Eilat Mazar

This comprehensive guide written by archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar encompasses 3000 years of Jerusalem history and explores every period in chronological order. It includes descriptions of meaningful building remains and artifacts from each era, accompanied by detailed explanations and attractive photographs and drawings.


Back to Masada

Back to Masada
by Amnon Ben-Tor

An insightful summary of The Masada Excavation Reports, Volumes 1-8 Back to Masada brings Yigael Yadin’s classic book on this desert palace/fortress up-to-date. Since Yadin’s death in 1984, archaeologists have published eight hefty volumes of excavation reports that are now available to the many experts who contributed to this gorgeously illustrated new book.




Architecture of Herod, the Great Builder
by Ehud Netzer

Recently a team led by Ehud Netzer, a leading Israeli archaeologist of the Herodian period, discovered the tomb of Herod. Netzer here highlights Herod's involvement with and contributions to his building projects, which benefited from his analytical mind, imagination, and understanding of the building and planning process. The book presents a comprehensive synthesis of Herod's enterprises from architectural and archaeological viewpoints.


Our next tour to Israel departs on October 14 - 26, 2013. Reserve your spot today.