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Israeli Books that Make the Holy Land Come Alive!

These days free time is a luxury. Between work and play we don’t have much time to relax. In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, however, it is important to make time for ourselves. What better way to do that than by reading! Reading broadens your mind, ignites your imagination, expands your knowledge and takes you to places you might otherwise only dream about.


If you are interested in learning more about Israel—its history and its people—you have come to the right place. JesusBoat boasts a wide selection of Israeli books that make the Holy Land come alive. Inside their pages you can explore its ancient and modern history; learn how the common people lived and worked; and how the elite came to power.


Israeli books about the Six-Day War take you back to 1967 Jerusalem as the battle rages to reunite the city. Reading Josephus’ first-hand account of the Holy Land in the first century transports you to Roman cities and ancient battlefields. Or you can choose Israeli books that serve as a chronological history of how the pieces fit together. All these events come alive simply by turning the pages.


At JesusBoat you not only will find history books but also ones about Judaism, Hebrew study, even cookbooks. Each present a different perception of Israel and her people.


Here are some of our top picks


“Enter His Gates to Your Jewish Roots” takes the reader on an introductory journey through celebrations, blessings and the traditional objects used in Biblical times by Jesus and His disciples and are still used today in Jewish homes and synagogues. Illustrations, stories, prayers, traditional and games also are included. Available in English, Dutch, German, Spanish, Japanese and Indonesian.


“A Chronology of Israel” offers a complete history from Biblical to modern times through photographs, maps and Biblical quotations. Readers will learn about the Biblical period, Judaism, 1st Temple, 2nd Temple, Christianity, Romans, Byzantines, Islam, Crusaders, Ottomans, Pioneers, Statehood and the Development of the Modern State. 


“The Encyclopedia of Jewish Life and Thought” is known as one of the most comprehensive works of its kind. The newest edition embraces all aspects of Judaism, Jewish history, Jewish communities in all the lands where they live or lived, literature, art, sociology, biographies of significant personalities, the Diaspora, Zionism and Israel. This quick reference source is a must-have for every scholar and student. It also serves as an authoritative and interesting guide for anyone who wants to learn more about the Jewish people’s rich 4,000-year heritage.


Israel Then & Now” brings the history of early Israel and Christianity alive in a unique and vivid way. Sixteen large photographs show the remains of archeological sites around Israel. Imposed over the photos are large drawings on Mylar plates that reconstruct those sites the way they were when built. You can lift the Mylar plates on and off to compare the before and after. Featured sites include Jerusalem, Caesarea, Mezadah, Capernaum and more. In addition, there are many more photographs of various sites and memorabilia from the Holy Land, accompanied by educational text and quotations from the Bible. Text is organized by sites of the Holy Land. Available in English and Spanish.


“Jerusalem Past & Present” includes 140 magnificent photographs of ancient and modern Jerusalem as well as an historical introduction and vivid background descriptions of the important sites. The reader will discover the unique character of this Holy yet vibrant city with its age-old traditions, synagogues, churches and mosques, quaint alleys and modern cultural buildings. Available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Polish.


“The Food of Israel Cookbook” introduces the reader to the fascinating culinary traditions of the Holy Land. Striking color photography and detailed information on cooking techniques make this book the ideal guide to the land of milk and honey. Includes a wide range of recipes.


We have a variety of Israeli books ranging from Bibles and religion to Israeli culture, nature and military history. Our selections offer an extensive understanding of Israel and its heritage from various perspectives.


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