Marianne Race, CSJ

Laurie Brink, OP

Wipf and Stock, 2008

The liturgical readings of the church year are set against the inspiring landscape of the Holy Land, as lectionary Scripture is paired with photographs and thoughtful reflections on the land of faith.

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Adrian Curtis

Oxford University Press, 2009

Fourth Edition

Beautiful photographs, wonderful graphics, and completely updated material make this a great resource for those who want to know more about the geographical setting of the Bible, historically, culturally, and archaeologically, taking the reader through the periods of the First and Second Testaments, as well as information about the greater region. In the tradition of Oxford's excellence, the detailed maps are highly readable, and the scholarship is outstanding.

Yossi Klein Halevi

HarperCollins, 2001

Halevi, an American-born Israeli, goes on a search to understand the Muslims and Christians who live with him in Israel and the spiritual heritage they share.

Mitri Raheb

Augsburg Fortress, 1995


As a Lutheran pastor in Bethlehem, Raheb is living amid the conflict around him as part of the growing Christian minority. He presents a plea for reconciliation within the context of his Christian biblical theology and personal experience.


Mitri Raheb

Augsburg Fortress, 2004

Raheb, pastor of Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethelehem, Palestine, presents powerful testimonies of Christian Palestinians whose daily hardship is endured by their faith.  The church endured occupation by Israeli forces in 2002.


David Grossman

Knopf Doubleday, 2010

"[Grossman] weaves the essences of private life into the tapestry of history with deliberate and delicate skill...

Amos Oz

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2005

"Award-winning Israeli author Oz (The Same Sea), whose childhood ambition was to be a book, has constructed a memoir full of family wisdom, history, and culture.

Karen Armstrong

Random House, 1996

Karen Armstrong traces the birth of Jerusalem and takes the reader up to the present day of her writing. She deftly narrates the long history of the passion of three major faiths  for their holy city. Amongst all that it includes, what may be most educational for Christians is the description of the worst consequence of our own zealotry, the Crusades.

Sandy Tolan

Bloomsbury, 2006

A compelling story of two families, Israeli and Palestinian, as they endure more than 70 years of strife and warfare between their people, and how their lives intertwine in the heart of it.

Jerome Murphy-O'Connor

Oxford University Press, 2008

Fifth Edition


This classic guidebook gives outstanding historical and archaeological details about the sites in this ancient land, both holy and secular. No tourist/pilgrim should leave for the Holy Land without it.