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The Bible on Location: Off the Beaten Path in Ancient and Modern Israel
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In this innovative guidebook, veteran tour leader Julie Baretz takes readers to 20 lesser-known locations in Israel, where she re-creates what might have happened based on the Old Testament, modern scholarship, archaeology, and rabbinic commentary. These are not dry history lessons but God encounters with flesh-and-blood characters.
Number of Pages: 408
Vendor: Jewish Publication Society
|Publication Date: 2015|
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In this innovative guidebook Julie Baretz takes readers to twenty-one off-the-beaten-path locations in Israel where Bible stories are said to have happened. At each site she sets the scene by relating the historical context of the event, then follows with the biblical text itself and her own lively commentary. Captivating and complex Bible characters bring the locations to life as they face social, ethical, and spiritual dilemmas not unlike our own today. Baretz’s narratives draw on history, archaeology, academic scholarship, and rabbinic literature for interpretations that enhance the meaning of the biblical events. Each story is told in the voice of Baretz as the tour guide—knowledgeable yet informal and friendly.
The Bible on Location traces the chronology and narrative arc of the historical books of Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, Ezra, and Nehemiah. The book begins with the Israelites’ arrival in the land of Israel (following the exodus from Egypt and the forty years of wandering) and continues over more than six hundred years, until the return of the Jewish exiles from Babylon to their homeland.
Baretz’s descriptions are accompanied by colorful maps and photographs that put actual and armchair visitors in the middle of the action. Each location reveals a new episode in the biblical narrative and provides inspiration and commentary that will enhance visits to the various sites.
Julie Baretz received her license from the Israel Government Tour Guides training program in 1987. Since then she has guided thousands of Jewish and Christian visitors to sites all around the country.
"This is a wonderful resource for anyone who wishes to add a spiritual dimension to travel in Israel."Barbara Bibel, Association of Jewish Libraries
"While this guidebook's size and information make it an excellent choice for travel to Israel, it is also a fascinating look at the history of a people when read from cover to cover."American Reference Books Annual
“Julie Baretz’s impressive knowledge of history and Bible combined with her awesome aesthetic perspective and credible imagination transform our travels into what feels like a magic carpet ride.”—Rabbi Norman M. Cohen
“I have had the privilege of having Julie Baretz as our guide in Israel numerous times. She is an expert storyteller, opening up imaginations and making the listener believe he or she is part of the history of each site.”—Pastor Randy Myers
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