The history of the Holy Land stretches back to the dawn of time, and encompasses a dramatic mix of events - from border skirmishes to full scale invasions, from the wanderings of Abraham and the patriarchs to the powerful teaching of numerous prophets. From earliest days to 1948, it has passed from one ruler to another, one empire to the next, and has been a melting-pot for a wide range of cultures and beliefs. With sites sacred to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, the Holy Land and its people have had an impact on history out of all proportion to its size - and continue to do so today. The Story of the Holy Land is a short but authoritative overview of this fascinating story. Richly illustrated with superb photography, including original nineteenth and twentieth century shots from the Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem, this book will take you on a journey lasting nearly 4000 years. Accessibly written, The Story of the Holy Land provides a compelling visual history of the land which has often been "centre stage" in the history of our world.
"Stunning large-scale photographs, linked and illuminated by an insightful text, encapsulate the four thousand year sweep of the history of the Holy Land in a way that will refresh the expert and instruct the beginner." -- Jerome Murphy-O'Connor, OP, Ecole Biblique, Jerusalem
Peter Walker studied Classics and Early Church History at Cambridge University and has done extensive research at post-doctoral level on Christian attitudes to Jerusalem. Peter is now Professor of Biblical Studies at Trinity School for Ministry (near Pittsburgh, USA), having previously taught at Wycliffe Hall within the University of Oxford. He has led many study tours to the Holy Land. His books include Holy City, Holy Places? (OUP); Jesus and the Holy City (Eerdmans); and In the Steps of Jesus (Lion Hudson) - an acclaimed guide to the Gospel sites.