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Study Trip Resources

Online Resources

Videos / DVDs

Bible Software (for in-depth study)

Map Studies


  • Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (Carl Rasmussen)
  • The Carta Bible Atlas (Aharoni, Avi-Yonah, Rainey & Safrai)
  • The New Moody Atlas of the Bible (Barry Beitzel)
  • The Sacred Bridge (Anson F. Rainey & R. Steven Notley)

Bible Dictionaries

  • Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
  • Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary

Pictures of Biblical Sites

Study Bibles

  • ESV (English Standard Version) Study Bible
  • Archaeological Study Bible (NIV)
  • TNIV (Today’s New International Version) Study Bible
  • The Jewish Study Bible

Hebrew Bible Commentaries

  • Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (OT)
  • The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament (Walton, Matthews, & Chavalas)
  • JPS Torah Commentary
  • The Chumash (Stone Edition)

New Testament Commentaries

  • Jewish New Testament Commentary (David H. Stern)
  • The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament (Craig S. Keener)
  • For Everyone Series (Tom Wright)
  • A Rabbinic Commentary on the New Testament: Matthew, Mark & Luke (Samuel Tobias Lachs)

Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith / Absolute Must Reads

  • Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus (Ann Spangler & Lois Tverberg)
  • Our Father Abraham: Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith (Marvin Wilson)
  • Between God and Man (Abraham Joshua Heschel)
  • In a Word: Lessons from the Language of the Wilderness (George DeJong)
  • Greatness, Grace & Glory: Carta’s Atlas of Biblical Biography (Paul H. Wright)

Books on Jesus

  • New Light on the Difficult Words of Jesus (David Bivin)
  • The Sage from Galilee: Rediscovering Jesus’ Genius (Flusser, Notley, & Charlesworth)
  • The Challenge of Jesus (NT Wright)
  • Jesus the Jewish Theologian (Brad Young)
  • Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes (Kenneth Bailey)
  • With Jesus through Galilee According to the Fifth Gospel (Bargil Pixner)
  • With Jesus in Jerusalem: His First and Last Days in Judea (Bargil Pixner)
  • The New Testament and the People of God (NT Wright)
  • Jesus and the Victory of God (NT Wright)
  • The Resurrection of the Son of God (NT Wright)
  • Understanding the Difficult Words of Jesus (Roy Blizzard & David Bivin)

Books on the Parables

  • Stories with Intent (Klyne Snodgrass)
  • The Parables (Brad Young)
  • The Parables of Jesus (Arland Hultgren)
  • Poet & Peasant and Through Peasant Eyes (Kenneth Bailey)
  • Jesus and His Jewish Parables (Brad Young)

Books on Paul

  • Paul the Jewish Theologian (Brad Young)
  • In Search of Paul (John Dominic Crossan and Jonathan L. Reed)
  • What Saint Paul Really Said (NT Wright)
  • Paul: In Fresh Perspective (NT Wright)
  • Paul Among Jews & Gentiles (Krister Stendahl)
  • Paul and Rabbinic Judaism: Some Rabbinic Elements in Pauline Theology (W.D. Davies)
  • St. Paul The Traveler & Roman Citizen (Ramsay, Wilson-ed.)

Rabbis / Rabbinic Writings / Rabbinic Judaism

  • Everyman’s Talmud: The Major Teachings of the Rabbinic Sages (Abraham Cohen)
  • Meet the Rabbis (Brad Young)
  • Theology in Rabbinic Stories (Chaim Pearl)
  • Rabbinic Stories (Jeffrey L. Rubenstein & Shaye J. D. Cohen)
  • The Mishnah: A New Translation (Jacob Neusner)
  • The New Testament and Rabbinic Judaism (David Daube)

Narrative Books

  • The Source  (James Michener)
  • The Shadow of God (Leo Dupree Sandgren)
  • Echoes of His Presence (Ray Vander Laan)
  • Gift of the Jews (Thomas Cahill)
  • Desire of Everlasting Hills (Thomas Cahill)

The Bible & Archaeology

  • Life in Biblical Israel (Philip King & Lawrence Stager)
  • Jesus and His World: An Archaeological and Cultural Dictionary (John J. Rousseau and Rami Arav)
  • Jesus and Archaeology (James H. Charlesworth)
  • The Archaeology of the Bible (James K. Hoffmeier)
  • The Letter and the Scroll: What Archaeology Tells Us About the Bible  (Robin Currie & Stephen Hyslop)
  • The Holy Land: An Oxford Archaeological Guide (Jerome Murphy-O’Connor)

Archaeology (More In-Depth)

  • Archaeology of the Land of the Bible: 10,000-586 B.C.E. Vol. 1 (Amihai Mazar)
  • Archaeology of the Land of the Bible: The Assyrian, Babylonian, and Persian Periods (732-332 B.C.E.), Vol. 2 (Ephraim Stern)
  • The Archaeology of Ancient Israel (Amnon Ben-Tor)
  • The New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land (Vols. 1-5)

Floral and Fauna of the Bible

  • Nature in Our Biblical Heritage (Nogah Hareuveni)
  • Tree and Shrub in Our Biblical Heritage (Nogah Hareuveni)
  • Desert and Shepherd in Our Biblical Heritage (Nogah Hareuveni)

Egypt Study

  • History of Ancient Egypt: An Introduction (Erik Hornung)
  • The British Museum Book of Ancient Egypt (Stephen Quirke & Jeffrey Spencer)
  • Israel in Egypt (James K. Hoffmeier)
  • God Is a Warrior (Tremper Longman III & Daniel G. Reid)
  • Exploring Exodus: The Origins of Biblical Israel (Nahum Sarna)
  • Exodus: Interpretation, a Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching (Terence E. Frethei)
  • The Complete God’s and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt (Richard Wilkinson)
  • The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt (Richard Wilkinson)
  • The Complete Valley of the Kings (Nicholas Reeves & Richard Wilkinson)

Other Helpful Books

  • What Do Jewish People Think about Jesus?: And Other Questions Christians Ask about Jewish Beliefs, Practices, and History (Michael Brown)
  • Jewish Holidays (Michael Strassfeld)
  • The Bible As It Was (James L. Kugal)
  • A History of Israel: Fourth Edition (John Bright)
  • The New Complete Works of Josephus ~ (William Whiston & Paul L. Maier)
  • Buried Treasure (Rabbi Daniel Lapin)
  • Listening to the Language of the Bible (Lois Tverberg & Bruce Okkema)
  • God in Search of Man (Abraham Joshua Heschel)
  • The Sabbath (Abraham Joshua Heschel)
  • The Dignity of Difference (Rabbi Jonathan Sacks)

Upcoming Tours

We would love to walk with you in the Holy Land. Here are upcoming opportunities:

Nov 01 — Nov 15, 2020
Walking with the Patriarchs
Led by George DeJong
Spring 2021
Israel in Depth
Led by George DeJong
Summer 2021
Ancient Paths to Modern Leadership
Led by George DeJong
Sep 18 — Oct 02, 2021
Israel & Turkey in Depth
Led by George DeJong
Fall 2021
Through the Roof
Led by George DeJong