The timing of this giveaway is ideal for two reasons: (1) Yesterday Jodi Magness announced the discovery of a mosaic depicting Samson in a synagogue she is excavating in Galilee; (2) the DVD course we are giving away is now on sale. (Last week when a friend wrote and asked about the course, we checked and it was available for $375. Today it is $99.95.)
We gave The Holy Land Revealed away when it first was created more than a year ago and we would just echo some of our comments there.
The instructor of The Holy Land Revealed is Jodi Magness, professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This video DVD course includes 36 half-hour lectures on 6 DVDs. You can see a complete list of the lectures in the right sidebar on this page, but I’ll just note a few of particular interest here:
- Biblical Jerusalem’s Ancient Water Systems
- Samaria and the Northern Kingdom of Israel
- Discovery and Site of the Dead Sea Scrolls
- Herod as Builder—Jerusalem’s Temple Mount
- Monumental Tombs in the Time of Jesus
- Masada—Herod’s Desert Palace and the Siege
A quibble: the course is entitled “The Holy Land Revealed.” This is a potentially ambiguous title. I was expecting more of a geography-type course. But this is clearly focused on archaeological discoveries that illuminate the land’s history. Not only that, you should know that it is not evenly balanced across the periods. This is not surprising if you know Magness’ expertise. Naturally she is going to teach at greater length what she knows best.
The Holy Land Revealed is not something produced or sold by BiblePlaces.com, but we believe that it is a useful resource that our readers would enjoy. The course does include dozens of photos licensed from our collection, but we receive no royalties from sales.
We have two copies to give away. One will be given away to entrants who use the email form. The other will go to those who enter with PunchTab. You can enter either or both. If you cannot see the forms below, click here. The giveaway ends this Friday at noon Eastern Time. We have no idea how long the sale will last.
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8 thoughts on “Giveaway: The Holy Land Revealed”
I'm currently working my way through this DVD series–it's excellent
Flusser's Series on Judaism and the Second Temple period
Shifting Sands – The Rise and Fall of Biblical Archaeology by Thomas W. Davis.
The Sacred Bridge.
Life in Biblical Israel – Just what we need to know 😉
Jim Monson's The Land Between.
I haven't read a whole lot; no better time to start than now.
I ordered this series, at Grest Courses, on Friday last week and got it Thursday this week. I have watched some of it and it was very good. Jodi Magness doesn't subscribe to the veracity of the entire Biblical account, but then neither does she aggressively undermine a Biblical viewpoint, as do some liberal archaeologists. I have been to Israel six times and have read a fair amount of the land and places, but I learned many new things from this series thus far. She is a very good teacher, if not a Biblical literalist, as am I.