Understanding the Lay of the Holy Land
By Yohanan Aharoni
An unequalled elementary tool for serious Bible study, this book provides the perfect introduction to Scripture through a cartographic portrayal of Bible history and geography. Accompanied by concise texts and photographs, it also includes maps of major archaeological sites from the Chalcolithic age to the Roman period, and an Index to Places.
Understanding The Twelve Tribes: Boundaries & Surrounding Nations
By Menashe Har-El
The national boundaries of the Land of Israel and its tribes and surrounding nations are discussed at length in this profusely illustrated volume. Emphasis is placed on the fact that the major and secondary boundaries of the country and the Israelite tribes were delineated on the mountains and their peaks, in the valleys and along the watercourses, and along prominent relief features. The boundaries of some of the Israelite tribes and their unique features are discussed, as are the settlements and character of the neighboring peoples—Egypt, Edom, Arabia, Uz, Midian, Amalek and Kedem, all of whom constructed numerous border fortresses along the national borders.
Understand the Gospels as Ancient Jewish Literature
By Jeffrey P. GarcÍa
Understanding the Gospels as Ancient Jewish Literature deals with the Gospels’ role as part of a collection of Greco-Roman Jewish texts (4th cent. BC–3rd cent. AD) that include the Dead Sea Scrolls and the literature of the early Rabbis. While decades of research into the "Jewish backgrounds" of the Gospels have proven to be fruitful, little attention has been given to their function as a witness to the evolution of ancient Judaism. Comprehending this evolution sheds new light and meaning on the Gospel narratives, as well as the core message of the Jesus movement. This work argues that when viewed through the lens of ancient Judaism, the Gospels become a source for the geographical, historical, and religious reality of ancient Judaism—some of which would have otherwise been missing from the historical record—and, in turn, clarify some of the teachings attributed to Jesus by the Evangelists.