In this post, I’ve highlighted the best of what I suggest you pick up after your Holy Land tour. I include videos, pictures, devotionals, and atlases.
Start with Pictures
You have pictures of you in the Holy Land. You can’t buy those. But you’ve probably noticed that your own shots of biblical sites are, well, less than ideal. Not only that, you didn’t visit every site.
If a picture paints a thousand words, then thousands of high-resolution pictures are even better. I use the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands every week on my blog, and I have used them for years in my teaching and personal Bible study. I have found nothing better or as exhaustive.
The best deal is the Israel Collection—which I use. But you could get one volume at a time.
The Satellite Bible Atlas, by Bill Schlegel. Produced by a Christian professor who has lived in Israel for many years, this new Bible atlas has 85 full-page color maps with biblical events marked on enhanced satellite imagery, accompanied by geographical and historical commentary. The atlas also comes with digital versions of the map, perfect for searching your atlas in Evernote.
The greatest benefit of a Holy Land Tour is its contribution to your spiritual life. It clarifies God’s Word, and the Lord uses Scripture to change lives. Several devotional books make the explicit connection between the Bible lands and your life. Not surprisingly, a couple of my recommendations are my own devotional volumes:
If you’d like to combine seeing the land of Israel with great preaching by Chuck Swindoll, helpful site information (by me), and creative portrayals of biblical characters by Reg Grant, I know you’ll enjoy the Experience the Land and the Book DVDs.
This resource took 3 trips to Israel and 4 years to produce.
You’ll see God’s Word taught on-location in places like old Jerusalem, Caesarea, the Mount of Beatitudes, and even aboard a boat on the Sea of Galilee.
It’s ideal for group or individual personal Bible study.
Here’s a video preview:
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