Israel and Jordan
This is the third edition of this popular guide book to the Biblical sites in both Israel and Jordan. It has been revised and rewritten, with new colour pictures, illustrations, maps, and plans.
The book begins with a reflection on the meaning of pilgrimage. It then describes the geography and people of the Holy Land, a land where three faiths meet.
A full guide follows to the sights of Jerusalem, including the Old City, outside the walls, the Mount of Olives, the Temple area, and east and west Jerusalem. Journeys from Jerusalem include: Bethlehem, Hebron and Herodion; Emmaus and Bethany; Southern Israel; the Dead Sea, Masada and Qumran. Many pilgrimages will then travel north to Galilee, and here there are sections on the journeys via the west bank of the Jordan and Samaria, and that which goes via Jericho and the Jordan valley. Then the Galilee itself – north, south, and around the Lake. Finally, the coastal plain – Acre, Mount Carmel, Caesarea, and more. A practical section includes currency, what to wear, food and drink, and festivals and holidays.
The Jordan section begins with a history of the country – both modern and Biblical. Then it takes us on a journey from Amman, the capital, and down the King’s Highway via Bethany beyond the Jordan, Mount Nebo, the mosaic map at Madaba, and more. The highlight for many visitors to Jordan is to see Petra, ‘A Rose Red City, Half as old as Time’, and perhaps travel on to Aqaba and Wadi Rum. Other excursions from Amman include the desert castles and Jerash, with other cities of the Decapolis. Again, these sights are covered in just enough detail. A practical section follows, similar to that in the Israel section.
Lastly, there is a section on the flora and fauna of the Holy Land. There are Bible references throughout, the Stations of the Cross on the Via Dolorosa, and a summary of the events of Holy Week. The Pilgrim Books team has conducted or accompanied more than seventy pilgrimage groups to the Holy Land and have produced a book that is concise and informative. It contains a mine of practical information on both countries and is profusely illustrated, so that it becomes a colourful souvenir, the stimulant to a host of happy memories for years after your return.
About the Author
Raymond Goodburn is an ordained clergyman, who latterly worked for a Christian tour operator organising and accompanying pilgrimage groups. Until his recent retirement, he visited the Holy Land at least twice every year.
A5 format. 96 pages. Many colour illustrations. Maps and a Plan of the Old City.