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Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land by Avraham Negev, Shimon Gibson (Continuum) This comprehensive, illustrated guide has become a classic reference on Middle Eastern archaeology since its first publication in 1972. This fourth edition is again revised and updated, with the latest findings from digs in the Holy Land compiled from the work of twenty world-renowned archaeologists.

Ever since the pioneering excavation at Tel el-Hesi by Flinders-Petrie in 1890 the archaeologi­cal discipline has developed into a fully-fledged, mature professional field with specialists on all subjects, periods and types of artefacts imaginable. Many thousands of sites have now been excavated in the region ranging in date from prehistoric times and through to the Ottoman period. Indeed the Holy Land has become one of the most excavated of countries in the entire Near East. Some of these excavations are large projects planned and executed by important local and international academic institutions. The focus made by archaeologists on the excava­tion of tells (mound sites), such as *Megiddo and *Beth Shean, and key ancient cities such as *Jerusalem, has helped shape existing knowledge regarding the chronology and material cul­ture of the biblical period. Numerous small excavations are also being undertaken as salvage operations owing to the rapid pace of modern development with highways and built-up areas encroaching on archaeological sites. These excavations are filling in the gaps regarding the appearance and character of the ancient landscape.

This volume aims to provide the reader with a concise but comprehensive archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (Israel, Palestine and Jordan) based on data compiled by emi­nent scholars past and present. All of the major archaeological discoveries made in recent years are dealt with in this volume, including the amazing Chalcolithic period objects found in a cave at *Pegi`in, the "House of David" inscription from Tel *Dan, the *Migne inscription, the Iron fortifications of *Jerusalem, and much more. This Encyclopedia will undoubtedly serve as a companion for those seeking to elucidate and to shed light on the Bible.

The very first edition of this Encyclopedia in 1972 was a pioneering effort produced by the veteran archaeologist Professor Avraham Negev of the Hebrew University at a time when no other publication of this sort existed. It has since been revised on a number of occasions. However, the present edition is very different from the original version in that we have enlisted the advice and experience of more than one hundred scholars from all over the world, who also L contributed many of the new entries. The original entries provided by Professor Negev have also been revised, expanded and updated by myself. The present volume includes more than 800 entries arranged alphabetically, ascccompanied by many drawings, plans and photpgrpahs, and chronological charts. Entries on general subjects such as mosaics, seals, flint tools, pottery and archaeological methods are also dealt with. An asterisk (*) has been used throughout this Encyclopedia for cross references and to draw the reader's attention to other entries in which related subjects are discussed. All of the principal biblical sites appear in this volume and this makes it an indispensable tool for scholars and students as well as for the general reader and the traveler to the region.

In general we have kept to a uniform style. However, while a Chronological Table reflecting current opinion has been provided at the end of the volume as a general guide, no effort has been made to impose a rigid dating scheme on contributors, leaving the system used to their own discretion. Variant spellings as used by the contributors will also crop up occasionally. Finally, compiling an Encyclopedia is not at all an easy task, especially in view of the fact that there has been such a major boom in archaeological activities in the region during the past decade. In fact, new archaeological discoveries are being made every day. Hence, I would appreciate the help of readers in keeping me abreast of factual errors that may have occurred in the existing text, and the names of sites and subject entries that may be missing.

Healing Plants of the Bible: History, Lore, & Meditations by Vincenzina Krymow, and M. Jean Frisk A. illustrated by Joseph Barrish (St. Anthony Messenger Press) The Old and New Testaments mention more than 125 different plants, and Krymow attempts to group them into categories, explaining their history, associations and healing powers. This is a simple and informative book, offering little-known facts. Cumin and anise, for example, were "tithing herbs" in ancient Israel, and there are actually several different plants that can be called "balm of Gilead." Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these..." (Matthew 6:28‑29).

Healing Plants of the Bible: History, Lore and Meditations invites you to consider not only the lilies of the field, but dozens of other flowers, herbs, trees and plants mentioned in the Bible. With lavish illustrations and exhaustive research, this volume will acquaint you with 38 of the plants most often appearing in Scripture, the lore behind their medicinal properties and meditations that focus on their ability to heal the spirit. An appendix offers scriptural and medicinal information on 40 additional plants.

This book will help you learn the origin of the manna that sustained the Israelites in the desert, of the balm with which Jesus' feet were anointed, of the gall which was offered to him on the cross. It will tell legends of miraculous healing properties possessed by plants mentioned in the Bible. It will help you design your own Scripture garden if you choose, and offer you pages of beauty while you wait for your garden to bloom.

Atlas of Bible Lands (Holman QuickSource Guide: Holman) Unlike sacred books of the world's other great religions, the Bible contains accounts of real people living in real places. God's decision to wrap His mes­sage around mankind's experiences with rock, soil, and water, is both mind­boggling and humbling. It also suggests that a full understanding of God's revelation cannot be had without an appreciation of the physical context in which that revelation was given.

The Holman QuickSource Guide: Atlas of Bible Lands packs an amazing amount of information about the physical context of biblical events into a book that's easy to carry and easy to use. Those who have used maps in Bible study never want to be without them. Now with this colorful, easy-to-carry QuickSource Atlas, there's no need ever to be far from a large collection of Bible maps. The 100+ maps illuminate the geographical context of

  • Abraham's journeys

  • The miraculous deliverance of Israel from Egypt under Moses' leadership

  • Joshua's conquest of Canaan

  • David's uniting Israel as one nation

  • The division of the kingdom after the death of Solomon

  • The Babylonian exile

  • Jesus' birth and childhood

  • Jesus' ministry in Judea, Galilee, and Perea

  • A day-by-day account of Passion Week in Jerusalem

  • The expansion of the early church

  • Paul's missionary journeys

  • And The QuickSource Atlas also features: The Holman CSB®

  • Photos

  • Scripture verses keyed to maps

Perfect for individual study, Sunday School, weekday Bible studies, Christian schools, and reference use. 

Tyndale Concise Bible Commentary by Robert B. Hughes, J. Carl Laney (The Tyndale Reference Library: Tyndale) offers clear and concise commentary on every passage in the NLT in one handy volume. Previously published as The New Bible Companion, this helpful resource also includes introductions to each Bible book, an article about the theme of the entire Bible, and detailed maps of places mentioned in Scripture. Sunday school teachers, pastors, and anyone who studies the Bible will find this commentary a great starting point for learning about God's Word. Evangelical and conservative, this reference offers carefully constructed Christian approaches to scripture.
Teachers, pastors, and anyone wanting to learn more about the Bible will rely on the Tyndale Reference Library for solid, evangelical scholarship packed into concise, user-friendly reference works.

Tyndale Bible Dictionary edited by Walter A. Elwell, Philip W. Comfort (The Tyndale Reference Library: Tyndale) is the core product in the new Tyndale Reference Library. Featuring over 1000 articles and over 200 pictures covering everything from the Aaronic priesthood to the Wilderness of Zin, it is the most comprehensive, up-to-date, single-volume Bible dictionary available. The bible includes hundreds unusual names and places that are defined in an authoritative manner in this exceptionally well-written reference work. Conservative Christian theology informs this important and modestly priced reference work. It belongs in every serious bible-readers library.


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