The Oxford Illustrated History of the Holy Land
Ed. Robert G. Hoyland and H.G.M. Williamson
Oxford: OUP, 2018
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This book is a feast for lovers of the Holy Land. Serious and scholarly with substantial bibliography, it can also do duty, with its lavish maps and photographs, as a colourful coffee table browse!
The two editors have selected fifteen well-known scholars to write on the major periods in the history of the Holy Land. The chapters cover ancient Israel in the biblical period, the emergence of Christianity in the Roman and Byzantine periods, the rise of Islam and the Crusades, the Ottoman Empire, and the modern period up to Allenby in the early twentieth century. There are also chapters on pilgrimage, sacred space and scripture.
Among the authors, are Peter Walker, Denys Pringle, Lester Grabbe and Robert Fisk as well as John J. Collins, Avraham Faust and Adam Silverstein. The writers represent a wide variety of institutions of higher learning including the Hebrew University and Bar Ilan in Jerusalem, Western Galilee College; Cardiff, Oxford and Hull Universities; and Yale Divinity School, Denver Seminary and Trinity School for Ministry. Don’t miss this wonderful book. It would make a great Christmas present!