Must-Have Resources for Israel Bible Lands Study

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Must-Have Resources for Israel Bible Lands Study

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 tb030807082 Must Have Resources for Israel Bible Lands Study

Photo: Tabernacle Model. Courtesy of Pictorial Library of Bible Lands

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

I’ve created what I consider a must-have list of resources. 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.

Bible Atlases

The most basic resource for studying Bible lands is a good Bible atlas. Good atlases provide more than maps; they teach the importance of geography as it relates to history, archaeology, topography, climate, and soils. Several outstanding atlases are available today. These are the ones I use the most, listed in the order of preference.

  • The New Moody Atlas of the Bible by Barry J. Beitzel. This atlas I recommend first because I like the combination of excellent maps, pictures, and text. If you can only get one atlas, get this one.
  • Crossway ESV Bible Atlas, by John D. Currid and David P. Barrett. This is a newer atlas with excellent pictures, maps, and content. What I like about this atlas is that it comes with a  CD that includes all the maps in high resolution, useful for teaching or personal marking.
  • Zondervan Atlas of the Bible, by Carl G. Rasmussen. This is a revision of Rasmussen’s excellent NIV Atlas of the Bible. This was the first atlas I seriously read and used, and its text is excellent.
  • The Sacred Bridge: Carta’s Atlas of the Biblical World, by Anson F Rainey and R. Steven Notley.  I’ll be honest: this is my favorite. It’s pretty dense and scholarly, but it makes good use of original sources and languages. It’s also expensive, but I always appreciate the detail and insights it gives me every time I open it.

Images of Bible Lands

I only have one recommendation here, because nothing else rivals the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands.

If a picture paints a thousand words, then thousands of high-resolution pictures are even better. I use these images almost daily on my blog (including the image at the top of this post!), and I have used them for years in my teaching and personal Bible study.

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Photo: The Western Wall, just one of thousands of images from the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands.

The best deal is the Israel Collection—which I use. But you could get one volume at a time. See the entire collection.

Here are the volumes related to Israel:

  • Jerusalem—includes more than 1500 photos of the Old City, Temple Mount, City of David, Western Wall Tunnels, West Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives.
  • Samaria and the Center—includes more than 1200 photos of the Jezreel Valley, Harod Valley, Mount Carmel, Sharon Plain, Samaria, Jordan Rift, and Benjamin.
  • Galilee and the North—includes more than 1100 photos of the Golan Heights, Huleh Basin, Galilee Hill Country, Sea of Galilee, Jordan River, and the Plain of Asher.
  • Judah and the Dead Sea—includes more than 1500 photos of the Hill Country of Judah, Judean Wilderness, Dead Sea, Shephelah, and the Philistine Plain.
  • Negev and the Wilderness—includes more than 700 images from the regions of the Biblical Negev, Negev Highlands, Nabatean Cities, Nahal Zin, Spice Route, Wilderness of Zin, Wilderness of Paran, Aravah, and the Red Sea.
  • Israel Collection—all of the above, including more than 6000 images and 100 PowerPoint presentations.

Take a look at the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands and see why this photo collection is so unique, so valuable, and so useful.


Experience the Land and the Book DVDs

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.
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