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Aerial Atlas of the Holy Land: Discover the Great Sites of History from the Air

by John Bowker
     
 

The great historical sites of the Holy Land -- seen from a unique perspective

Forever timely and compelling, the Holy Land is steeped in religious and historical significance. In 2007, its natural beauty and unparalleled biblical and archaeological heritage attracted more than 2.6 million tourists.

Now, thanks to aerial photography from a single,

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Overview

The great historical sites of the Holy Land -- seen from a unique perspective

Forever timely and compelling, the Holy Land is steeped in religious and historical significance. In 2007, its natural beauty and unparalleled biblical and archaeological heritage attracted more than 2.6 million tourists.

Now, thanks to aerial photography from a single, exceptionally high-quality and up-to-date source, the Aerial Atlas of the Holy Land reveals the ancient crossroads of Galilee, Samaria and Judea as never before seen in book form. Included are 36 sites of great Jewish, Christian or Muslim significance dating to Roman, Persian and Crusader times.

The informative text adds historical, religious and cultural context to this superb photographic survey of the Holy Land. Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Nazareth are featured, as are such other key locations as Caesarea, Philippi,
Cana, Qumran, Jericho, Mount Hermon, the Carmel Caves, Tiberias, Dor and the Sea of Galilee.

Additional features include:

  • A full-color, two-page map detailing the cities and towns, physical features, transportation facilities and other aspects of the Holy Land today.
  • Bibliography
  • General Reading List

This breathtaking aerial portrait, with its authoritative text and supporting materials, celebrates the grandeur of one of the most famous areas of the world, bringing it to life for general readers as well as tourists and pilgrims.

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Editorial Reviews

Biblical Archaeology Review - R. Steven Notley
The aerial photography is wonderfully presented and illustrates well Bowker's discussion of selected sites and their significance.
American Reference Book Annual - Zev Garber
Religious studies professor John Bowker (Cambridge University) and photographs Sonia Halliday and Bryan Knox combine their talents to produce this splendid photographic volume that highlights major biblical sites in the Holy Land.... This is a delightful and informative read.
Canadian Jewish News
This beautifully produced book will make an excellent birthday or bar/bat mitzvah present.... Israel and the Palestinian areas unfold gloriously. Spanning 256 pages, this is a book well worth reading, re-reading and savouring.
Chicago Tribune
Although it looms large in the popular cultural and religious worlds, It is easy to forget just how small is the territory that we know as the Holy Land -- about the size of Massachusetts or New Hampshire. This handsome book offers a useful primer on the fractious history of the region.... All the material is written in an accessible, easy-to-read style, while the gorgeous aerial photographs nicely complement the text.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554073979
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
10/10/2008
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

John Bowker is a professor of religious studies who has taught at the universities of Cambridge, Lancaster, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. He has written and edited many books on world religions including World Religions, God: A Brief History, The Cambridge Illustrated History of Religion, and The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions.

Sonia Halliday specializes in aerial photography of historical sites, particularly in Israel and Jordan. She has been taking photographs around the world for 40 years.

Bryan Knox has been a photographer for 25 years, specializing in such areas as wildlife and stained-glass windows.

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