Must-Have Resources for Bible Lands Study

I've boiled down an essential list for you.

Not everybody can travel to Israel. But everyone can benefit from including Bible lands in their personal Bible study. You just need some good tools.

Tabernacle model and courtyard

(Photo: Tabernacle Model. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

I have discovered that including Bible lands in my study has given me more understanding of the Bible than I ever imagined. The benefits of including Bible lands in the study of Scripture are available to everyone.

Many people have asked what resources I recommend. So I’ve created what I consider a must-have list. These are the tools I reach for first when I study—those resources that have proven most helpful to me for years.

I’ll give you the full list, and then I’ll suggest which ones to get first.

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Why I Don’t Use My Holy Land Photos on My Blog

The Pictorial Library of Bible Lands makes my pics look like Polaroids.

I have taken thousands of pictures of Israel. Yet I hardly use any of my Holy Land Photos on my blog. Why? Because my pictures can’t compare with the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands.

Take a moment to watch this brand new video that explains better than I can what makes this photo collection the best there is.

I urge you to add these Holy Land photos to your Bible study or your teaching. I’m confident they will add richness both to your understanding of the Bible as well as to your ability to help others understand it better.

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The northern end of Sea of Galilee.

(Photo: The northern end of Sea of Galilee. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

 

What Do You Think of When You Hear a Rooster?

One morning when I was in Jerusalem, I chose to have my devotions on the Mount of Olives at sunrise. Making my way through the Old City’s dark and narrow streets, I passed beside the Temple Mount and exited the city on its east side.

Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives

(Photo: Overlooking Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. Photo: צולם ע, via Wikimedia Commons)

After climbing the steep ascent of the Mount of Olives, I sat near its summit as the sun began to warm my back. Turning to Matthew’s Gospel, I read about Jesus leaving the Temple, predicting its destruction, and sitting on the Mount of Olives (Matthew 24:1–5).

Looking across the Kidron Valley at the Temple Mount—now crowned with a Muslim shrine—I thought about how Jesus’ prediction proved true. Because Israel rejected Him, they ultimately lost the very objects they hoped to secure through His death—their Temple and their nation (John 11:48).

Suddenly I heard a sound that jerked my mind in another direction.

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Journey to Israel Video

Studying Bible lands has permanently marked my life and changed the way I understand the Scriptures. My experience is not unique.

I have videotaped a number of interviews with those who have both studied geography and also been to Israel. I hope this video encourages you personally to experience the Lands of the Bible for yourself . . . or at least to begin praying about the possibility. It’s worth it.

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