Our last give-away before Christmas is the complete collection of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands.  This set was originally released 10 years ago as a four-volume collection, but it has expanded over the years to its current ten volumes.  The Pictorial Library was our first collection and its has remained the most popular.image

To increase significantly your odds of winning this week, you need only guess which individual volume has been the most popular (in terms of sales) over the last year.  We’ll give you a hint: it is one of the Israel volumes.  (You can browse their contents at these links: Galilee, Samaria, Jerusalem, Judah, Negev.)

We’ll choose two winners on Sunday afternoon.  One winner will be selected from those who correctly guess the best-selling volume.  The other winner will be selected from all entries.

We’ve also chosen this give-away to be the occasion of our first-ever online discount of the Pictorial Library.  Through Sunday only, there is a 20% discount.  That’s a savings of nearly $38.  As always, shipping is free in the US and every order will go by USPS Priority and will almost certainly arrive before Christmas.  (If you order and then win, we’ll give you a full refund.)

Click here to get the discount.  For the drawing, only one entry per person, please, but feel free to tell your friends, neighbors, pastors, and teachers.  After the drawing, all names and email addresses will be deleted.  The drawing will be held Sunday at 5 p.m. (PST).

UPDATE (12/19): Not one person correctly guessed that the best-selling volume is “Negev and the Wilderness.”  Most guessed “Jerusalem,” which is the second most popular (with Galilee in third place).  Perhaps “Negev and the Wilderness” sells more individual copies because purchasers interested in Jerusalem or Galilee may be more inclined to purchase the entire set.  Two winners were selected from all entrants.  Congratulations to Niek and Mitch.


The Media Line has a good summary of the destruction of archaeological sites by last weekend’s storm. 

Winter’s belated arrival in Israel brought with it the biggest storm in two decades, wreaking havoc. Ships sank, billboards and power lines fell. Where there wasn’t rain, dust storms blanketed the cities and farmland. Coastal regions were pummeled by huge waves lifted by 100-kilometer-an-hour winds. The storms also caused severe damage to archeological and antiquities sites up and down the country’s Mediterranean coast, most seriously at the Herodian port city of Caesarea. Experts say the cost of restoring the sites will be in the millions of shekels, but in many cases the losses are irretrievable. “It was the most severe storm we have seen in the last 25 years, since we began measuring the waves along the coast of the Mediterranean,” Matti Weiss of the Israel Meteorological Service, told The Media Line. Waves reached a height of as much as 13 meters in some areas. Caesarea, where Herod the Great constructed one of the biggest ports in the ancient world between 22 and 10 BC, was hit particularly hard by the storm. A 1950s-era breakwater built off the coast of the site to protect it from the natural force of the sea broke up into three pieces during the storm, and the result was devastating.

The article notes that Caesarea is closed at this time and estimates for restoring the damage are about $17 million.  For more details, continue reading the story here.