The Holy Land for Christian Travelers: An Illustrated Guide to IsraelJohn A. BeckBaker Books / 2017 / Trade Paperback$12.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 4 Reviews
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JoleenClearwater, MNGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great Christian Resource when visiting the Holy LandFebruary 4, 2019JoleenClearwater, MNGender: femaleGreat book for Christians visiting the Holy Land because many other resources out there have the non-Christian perspective. We just did a Holy Land Tour and it is SO important to use Christian materials because one can get lost in the historical and miss the Christian importance of the places you visit.
thechristianscribeArizonaAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5A Must Have Guide for TravelersSeptember 3, 2017thechristianscribeArizonaAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is an excellent travel guide! It has lots of pictures, diagrams, maps, and keys. I like that it gives historical information about the different places as well, as Biblical background information. It contains invaluable information about the climate, sites, how to dress in certain places, how much you can expect to pay for certain entrances, and even which routes to take.
The guide is divided into sections corresponding to the different regions of Israel: Jerusalem, coastal plain, Central mountains south, Central mountains center & central mountains north. It also includes itineraries. It's a good size, not too bulky that you can easily fit inside a bag or backpack.
I'm planning on going to Israel in the near future, if the Lord permits, and will definitely take this guide along. If you're planning a trip, I definitely recommend this guide even if you're going to travel with a tour, this little book has a lot of useful information.
I received a copy of this book from Baker in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
Bekah5 Stars Out Of 5Great Read Even for A Virtual Trip to the Holy Land!August 27, 2017BekahQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I really branched out with my book reading this week! John A. Beck has just released a book called The Holy Land for Christian Travelers. Even though I am not personally planning a trip to Israel, I though this book looked intriguing, because I wanted to see what I could learn about the geography and customs of that area!
First, I thought the book was very easy to understand, and I appreciated that. It wasn't so academic that it ran over my head. Anytime he did explain something complex, he did so quite thoroughly. There are full-color photos throughout the book, and there are also many maps that help you get a better sense of distance and location.
John said something in the introduction to the book that really set the tone, I thought: "As you explore this land, you will quickly see that the Bible is at home here. And you will become more at home in your Bible as you travel the promised land." (p. 13). Even though I may never get to see this land in person, it does help me have a better sense of the area as I read and study Scripture on my own!
At the beginning of the book, the author explains that if you are traveling to Israel, the number of places you will get to see are (obviously) subject to the length of time you plan to stay. He offers three potential itineraries: three, five, and twelve days in length, to help you space out what you should see in the amount of time you have.
He provides addresses, hints on whether or not a particular site has fees associated with it, and a warning about dress code if you need to be careful what you wear to make sure you are respectful to the reverence of a particular area. Also, for travelers, he varies the amount of information he shares about each site depending on whether or not it's a "must-see" location or not, and how much on-site information is shared for visitors to read while there.
He then divides the book geographically, offering a section to Jerusalem itself, Jerusalem and beyond, the coastal plain, and the central mountains (divided by south, central, and north). This division choice helps you quickly find a location if you're there and needing to see more about your surroundings.
But even if you aren't there, this book is very helpful in tying in events from the Bible (he gives Scripture references to back everything) to modern day locations. He explains which locations are likely the actual place something happened in Bible times and which ones are just traditional celebrations of a Bible event, even if we don't know where it actually happened. While much of the writing is factual and explanatory, he does tie in some teaching, by urging you to reflect on certain portions of Scripture and what each place means to it.
I learned about locations that I hadn't even realized were significant, and I learned more about locations that I knew about, but maybe didn't fully know about.
I'm keeping this book on my shelf for study reference, and if I ever happen to make it to Israel, it would definitely be a guide to take with me!
** Baker books provided a copy of this book to me at no charge. All opinions are my own. **
Clay5 Stars Out Of 5Your Personal Guide to Biblical SitesAugust 20, 2017ClayQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Holy Land for Christian Travelers: An Illustrated Guide to Israel by John A. Beck
Having had the privilege of taking a number of groups to Israel, several pieces of advice come to mindgo to Israel, and second, take this book. Going to Israel will open up the world of the Bible and enhance your reading of scripture. Taking Becks guide will enable you to enjoy and understand the sites you visit.
One additional piece of advice, dont go only once. Beck covers a number of sites with biblical significance in both the Old and New Testaments, and you wont be able to see them all in one trip. Besides, going the second time allows you to see more of the details that were missed during the overwhelming first visit.
Becks guide is a handy companion to any trip to Israel no matter how long. As in any guidebook, details do go out of date. For example, Tabgha now charges a fee to use their parking lot.
I highly recommend the guide. One glaring omission was Nazareth Village. Its setting and authentic re-creation of first century Nazareth will place so many of the ruins you will see in other locations into perspective. Go to Israel and take a Bible and Becks guide.
I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
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