The best archaeological guide to Israel is now out in its fifth edition. The Holy Land: An Oxford Archaeological Guide, by Jerome Murphy-O’Connor is the best companion for a trip to ancient sites anywhere in Israel. The section on Jerusalem is especially lengthy (150 pages in the 4th edition), and the whole is accurate and readable. Don’t expect to find out about hotels or restaurants – this is a guide to archaeological sites only! The 4th edition came out in 1998, so while I haven’t yet seen the new edition, I expect it will have significant updates. The author has lived in Jerusalem longer than I have been alive.
Jerome Murphy-O'Connor, The Holy Land, 5th Ed.
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3 thoughts on “Jerome Murphy-O'Connor, The Holy Land, 5th Ed.”
Is it worth purchasing the 5th edition if I have the 4th edition. I will be in Israel this summer.
I don’t know how different the new edition is. Many sites are probably unchanged, but I would guess that there are updates to Jerusalem, Megiddo, Gath, and other sites that have been excavated in the last decade.
we just got the 5th in anticipation of our trip in june. it has about 45/50 additional pages, but i’m not sure the exact differences. all the best.