- You will find lots of ideas at Tripadvisor.
- If you're looking for a comprehensive guidebook, I like the DK Eyewitness Travel volume.
- If you want something more historical, Steve and Leigh Kinnard lived in Israel for more than a year and have suggestions. Just shoot him an email.
- We both like the work of Bargil Pixner (With Jesus Through Galilee, With Jesus in Jerusalem).
- You might also enjoy Randall Price’s The Stones Cry Out (archaeology).
- On the formation of modern Israel, read Alison Weir's short book, Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel.
- BST members also like In the Footsteps of Jesus: A Chronicle of His Life and the Origins of Christianity (2nd edition, National Geographic, 2017).
Next, take a look at the following list of podcasts (with notes, in most cases), along with one text file, that you might find interesting. Here are the files:
- OT Archaeology : The major OT discoveries are faith-building, illuminating the biblical world.
- NT Archaeology : Similarly, NT discoveries also confirm and illustrate the faith
- Bogus Claims in Archaeology : How can we know what to trust?
- The Long-list City of Bethsaida : Along with Chorazin and Capernaum, Bethsaida is one of the three cities in “the evangelical triangle.”
- Further articles on archaeology : Explore further if you really have a large archaeological appetite!
THE ISRAELI/PALESTINIAN CONFLICT
- Questions about Modern Israel: Is political Israel still the people of God? What is Zionism? What happened in 1948? Is there still a biblical Israel today? Will the Battle of Armageddon take place in Israel? Should we expect a mass conversion of Israel in the last days? Israel or Palestine—who are the bad guys?
- Interview with a Jihadist: The story of an evangelical whose entire view of Palestinians has been formed by an unfortunate combination of what he’d heard on the news and in church. His entire mindset changes. After I read his book, I asked him if he’d record a podcast for me. Here it is!
- The Wolf Will Lie Down with the Lamb: A Palestinian Muslim tells his story of getting to know Israelis as real people. Deeply moving. (This man is now a peace activist!)
- A Mass Conversion of Israel?: Most evangelicals look to a mass conversion of Israel in the “end times.” Is this even possible?
- Or check out David Bercot's lessons on Israel in prophecy, or his teaching on Dispensationalism, here.
For further recommendations (suggested by our guides—I have not read all of these)
- Startup Nation, Dan Senor & Paul Singer
- From Beirut to Jerusalem, Thomas Friedman
- Jerusalem: A Biography, Simon Sehag Montefiore
- From Time Immemorial, Joan Peters
- Palestine Inside Out, Saree Makadisi
- History of Modern Palestine, Ilan Pappe
- One Palestine Complete, Tom Segev
- Son of Hamas, Mosab Hassan Yousef
- Unorthodox, Deborah Feidman
- Gertruda's Oath, Ram Oren
- My Promised Land, Ari Shavit
- The Kingdom, Arabia, and the House of God, Robert Lacey
- Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean, Edward Kritzler
- But He Was Good to His Mother, Robert Rockway
- Gideon's Spies, Gordon Thomas
- The Prime Ministers, Yehuda Avner
- Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life, Sari Nusseibeh
- Commander of the Exodus, Yoram Kaniuk
- Fast Facts on the Middle East Conflict, Randall Price
- Arab & Jew: Broken Spirits in a Promised Land, David Shipler
- The House on Garibaldi Street (on capture of Adolf Eichmann)
- Underground Jerusalem, Sir Charles Warren (archaeology —pdf).
- Mossad, Michael Oren & Nissim Mishal
- Let There be Water, Beth Seigal
- Confessions of a Good Arab (Jewish-Arab marriage, Yoram Kaniuk)
- De Niro's Game, Rawi Hage
- The Blue Mountain, Meir Shalev
- The Source, James Michener
- Noddy & Big Ears Go to Town
- The Green Prince (about Son of Hamas)
- Living in the Shadows (Al Jazeera)
- bridgetgabriel.com (Lebanese refugees in Israel)