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The Bible on Location : Off the Beaten Path in Ancient and Modern Israel

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Author: Julie Baretz

Publisher: Jewish Publication Society

Publish Date: 01 Jun 2015

ISBN-13: 9780827612228

Pages: 304

File Type: PDF

Language: English



In this innovative guidebook Julie Baretz takes readers to twenty-one off-the-beaten-path locations in Israel where Bible stories are said to have happened. At each site she sets the scene by relating the historical context of the event, then follows with the biblical text itself and her own lively commentary. Captivating and complex Bible characters bring the locations to life as they face social, ethical, and spiritual dilemmas not unlike our own today. Baretz’s narratives draw on history, archaeology, academic scholarship, and rabbinic literature for interpretations that enhance the meaning of the biblical events. Each story is told in the voice of Baretz as the tour guide-knowledgeable yet informal and friendly.
The Bible on Location traces the chronology and narrative arc of the historical books of Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, Ezra, and Nehemiah. The book begins with the Israelites’ arrival in the land of Israel (following the exodus from Egypt and the forty years of wandering) and continues over more than six hundred years, until the return of the Jewish exiles from Babylon to their homeland.
Baretz’s descriptions are accompanied by colorful maps and photographs that put actual and armchair visitors in the middle of the action. Each location reveals a new episode in the biblical narrative and provides inspiration and commentary that will enhance visits to the various sites.
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About the Author

Julie Baretz received her license from the Israel Government Tour Guides training program in 1987. Since then she has guided thousands of Jewish and Christian visitors to sites all around the country.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
List of Abbreviations
Time Line

1. Rahab at Jericho2. Joshua in the Valley of Aijalon3. Deborah and Jael at Mount Tabor4. Gideon at En Harod5. Samson at Zorah6. Ruth the Moabitess at Bethlehem7. The Levite and His Concubine at Gibeah8. David and Goliath in the Valley of Elah9. David’s Flight to En Gedi10. King Saul at Mount Gilboa11. Bathsheba in the City of David12. Absalom’s Flight to Geshur13. Absalom’s Rebellion in the Kidron Valley14. Jeroboam in Dan15. Elijah at Mount Carmel16. Naboth’s Vineyard at Jezreel17. Elisha and the Wealthy Woman at Shunem18. Hezekiah Prepares Jerusalem for War19. Zedekiah Flees Jerusalem20. Ezra and Nehemiah Rehabilitate Jerusalem21. Megiddo: The Untold Story
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