The Harvest Handbook of Bible Lands seeks to bring the reader into the epochs of the biblical world through well-written, narrative-style text, maps, photographs, illustrations, timeline, and breakout articles. It brings to life the ancient Near East in a lay-friendly manner in the most clear and concise terms possible. Though it incorporates current ancient Near Eastern studies and archaeology, this Handbook takes advantage of the most recent information from all the biblical and scientific disciplines upon which it touches. In the process, not a few traditional-but-erroneous views are dismissed and replaced by more accurate information. The logic of design and presentation keeps the needs of the reader in mind, so that readers experience ease in discovering the information they seek. It is, at the same time, both an exciting read and a reference book. It is a marvelous tool for all ages, as well as a faithful representation of the ancient Near Eastern biblical world for serious Bible students, pastors, and scholars.
Jesus’s words are instructive when we consider the important link between history and doctrine, “If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things?” (John 3:12). The doctrines of Scripture, along with their spiritual benefit, flow out of historical bedrock (Romans 4:25). For this reason, the value of this present work should not be underestimated. If this material helps you see the world of the ancient Near East (‘earthly things’) more clearly, then we have successfully achieved our goal of building confidence in the Bible (‘heavenly things’).