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The Holy Land

Author(s): Patricia OConnor

ISBN13: 9780199236664

ISBN10: 0199236666


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  • The geographic heart and soul of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, the Holy Land has immense significance for the millions of visitors it has attracted since as early as the fifth century BC. Now in an exciting new edition, this popular handbook once again offers tourists an indispensable, illustrated guide to over 200 of the most important archeological and religious sites in the City of Jerusalem and the surrounding area.

    Fully updated with all the latest information, The Holy Land presupposes little knowledge of history or archaeology, giving clear directions on how to find sites and monuments of interestboth well-known locations and those less familiar. With entries including the Damascus Gate, the Via Dolorosa, Mount Sion, the Dead Sea, Hebron, and Jericho, this indispensable book includes detailed maps, plans, and illustrations that further illuminate these spectacular locales. Each entry explains the history and topography of a site as well as its function and significance. In his introduction, Father Jerome Murphy-OConnor provides a brief historical outline of the Holy Land, from the Stone Age to the Modern Period, and lists sites accordingly. The Fifth Edition includes new information on the crucial recent developments at the Holy Sepulchre and on six completely new sites, including a Middle Bronze Age water system in Jerusalem and what may be the original Pool of Siloam.

    A marvelous Baedeker to both the city of Jerusalem and the Holy Land, brimming with practical advice and featuring more than 150 high quality site plans, maps, diagrams, and photographs, this book provides the ultimate visitors guide to one of the richest archaeological regions in the world.

    - Covers of all the main sites in the city of Jerusalem and throughout the Holy Land
    - Provides up-to-date information on the recent developments at the Holy Sepulchre and on six completely new sites, ranging from what may be the original Pool of Siloam to an Ummayad fort at Ashdod
    - Features over 150 high quality plans, maps, diagrams, and photographs
    - Includes routes through the Old City of Jerusalem, and a comprehensive alphabetical list of sites outside Jerusalem, from Abu Ghosh to Yehiam
    - Uses star ratings to help you prioritize your visit
    - Contains a historical outline, a glossary of essential terms, useful information about museums and opening times, and advice on visiting desert areas
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    Reviews from previous edition

    "The Oxford Archaeological Guides offer a wealth of detailed, accurate but always readable information, providing anyone who has a serious interest in archaeology with the means to derive the utmost benefit from a visit to an ancient site. They are user-friendly and highly recommended."

    - Paul Bahn

    "Always respectful, yet never gullible or preachy, Father Murphy-OConnors The Holy Land is by far the best popular guide to its subject ever written. Every entry bears the indelible mark of having been written by someone who knows the place it describes, and has seen it with an expert intelligence and an open mind."-

    - John Romer

    "A brilliant accomplishment, packed with authoritative information... the one book you must bring with you when you visit Israel."

    - Walter Zanger

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