Recommended Reading & Resources

Holy Land Travel Books

John A. Beck, The Holy Land for Christian Travelers: An Illustrated Guide to Israel. Baker Books, 2017.

Charles H. Dyer and Gregory A. Hatteberg, The Christian Traveler’s Guide to the Holy Land. Moody Publishers, 2014.

Lamontte M. Luker, An Illustrated Guide to the Holy Land for Tour Groups, Students, and Pilgrims. Abingdon Press, 2013.

Jerome Murphy O’Connor, The Holy Land: An Oxford Archaeological Guide. 5th revised and expanded edition. Oxford University Press, 2008.


Charles Dyer, Thirty Days in the Land with Jesus: A Holy Land Devotional. Moody, 2012.

Wayne Stiles, Going Places with God: A Devotional Journey Through the Lands of the Bible. Regal Books, 2006.

Wayne Stiles, Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus: A Journey Through the Lands and Lessons of Christ. Revell Books, 2015.

See also Wayne Stiles’ blog,


John A. Beck,  The Land of Milk and Honey: An Introduction to the Geography of Israel. Concordia, 2006.

John A. Beck, Along the Road: How Jesus Used Geography to Tell God’s Story. Discovery House, 2018.

William Schlegel, Satellite Bible Atlas: Historical Geography of the Bible. Schlegel, 2013.


Eugene Merrill, Kingdom of Priests: A History of Old Testament Israel. 2nd ed. Baker, 2008.

Donald L. Brake, Sr., Jesus—A Visual History: The Dramatic Story of the Messiah in the Holy Land. Zondervan, 2014.

Robert Payne, The Dream and the Tomb: A History of the Crusades. New ed. Dorset, 1995.

Avi Schlaim, The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World. Updated and expanded ed. Norton, 2014.

David Fromkin, A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East. 2nd pbk. ed. Holt, 2009.


Holy Sepulchre: A 3D Journey Back in Time” (YouTube) An interesting visual presentation that looks at the complicated architectural history of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. It makes the current structure that we will visit much easier to understand.