Pre-Conference Studies

An important component of the Promised Land Youth Conference will be a healthy pre-conference study. This will involve reading and research about the areas we will potentially be going to.

A study notebook will be distributed giving background to each of the areas we will be visiting. There will be some work in investigating the sites we will visit looking into the biblical meaning of the names and what happened at each location over its history from Abrahamic times, to the conquest of the land, to the Kingdom of Israel and the events that took place in the New Testament record on the same site.

Lessons

There are a series of Pre-Conference that are viewable on-line. The lectures are aimed at giving the background information required. They will be approximately 45 minutes to one hour each. It is estimated there will be 10 sessions you will need to watch and then complete the appropriate part of the study manual.

Evidence of Bible Prophecy

Evidence of Archaeology

Workshops

Highly Suggested Reading

There are many books to consider reading, but there are some that are invaluable to our trip. The following we ask you to read to give you a flavour fo the archaeology, history and prophecy that are all wrapped up in our upcoming trip to the Israel.

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Tounge of the Prophets

The Tongue of the Prophets is the story of Eliazer BenYehuda. He is the man who moved it Israel and brought the Hebrew language back to life, giving a hook that pulls all the nationalities returning to the land a  language to unite them. This is an exciting read that gives the flavour of the pioneering spirit in the land. 

Available Used via Ebay/Amazon

Also in GOOGLE BOOKS:

 

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Warnings from the Dust by Paul Billington

This small comprehensive book gives you a good cross section of archaeological discoveries that prove the Bible true and are specifically relevant to the Bible student.

Available via The Bible Magazine

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The True Gospel by Graeme Pearce

Understand the True Gospel which has been lost by the churches around us. The Hope of Israel was what motivated the Apostle Paul and why he was  “bound with this chain” This will help with understanding the significance of what we see today, sewing bible prophecy and the gospel together.

Available via The Bible Magazine

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The Popular Handbook of Archaeology

The Popular Handbook of Archaeology and the Bible – Discoveries that Confirm the Reliability of Scripture. By Joseph M. Holden and Norman Geisler.

A much more up-to-date book which  is a fascinating survey of the most important Old and New Testament archaeological discoveries through the ages Biblical archaeology has always stirred excitement among believers and curiosity among unbelievers. The evidence dug up with a spade can speak volumes–and serve as a powerful testimony of the reliability of Scripture.

Available via Amazon

 

Suggested Reading

We suggest you read as much as you can before the trip, that way when we are on onsite, you will have some of the back ground to the places we are visiting… and what you have read will come alive. 

Building a library will help you with your trip, but also as you prepare classes for Sunday School’s, CYC’s, Bible Class, Exhortations, Lectures and any other projects you may be involved in. You will be able to draw upon you experiences and also then use these resources to help remember and put into your visit into context. 

You can begin the search for these online, using second hand book stores, or purchasing… you can request these for your birthday too!

Jerusalem The Temple Mount
Jerusalem by Leen Ritmyer

The day we go on the Temple Mount, this book will be critical. It lets you know where things are, where to see Solomon’s steps, and gives you a good lay of the land. This is the first modern guide to theTemple Mount for visitors. When we were in Jerusalem last it was all the buz amongst the tour guides and temple mount enthusiasts. THE TEMPLE MOUNT contains priceless information and is richly documented with detailed maps, plans and stunningly evocative reconstructive illustrations.

WE WILL BE GOING HERE

Available second hand through Amazon

TheQuest
The Quest by Leen Ritmyer

No book is better suited to the study, understanding and development of the man-made plateau that is the focus of the world’s interest the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Ritmeyer’s experience as an archaeologist of the Temple Mount Excavations following the Six-Day War, coupled with his exploration of parts of the mount now hardly accessible and his doctoral research into the problems of the Temple Mount make him singularly qualified for the task. We highly recommend this book!

WE WILL BE GOING HERE

Available through Amazon
Temple Mount
Temple Mount by Leen Ritmyer

Discover the hidden secrets of Solomon’s Temple and King Herod’s expansion of the Temple Mount. Co-written by Leen and Kathleen Ritmeyer. We will be visiting the Temple mount, and this will give you the run story of the rediscovery.

WE WILL BE GOING HERE

Available through Amazon

Masada
Masada by Yigael Yadin

This is the account of Yadin’s excavation of the hill fort of Masada. What he found there confirmed Josephus’ account of the siege. The spectacular discoveries included Herod’s three-tiered palace, the earliest-known manuscript of “Ecclesiasticus” and potsherds that may have been suicide lots.

WE WILL BE GOING HERE

Available second hand through Amazon

Hazor
Hazor by Yigael Yadin

The exciting account of the rediscovery of the citadel of Jabin king of Hazor, conquered by Joshua when Israel entered the land. We will be going to this site, and this is the story of how it was found. Very interesting read.

WE WILL BE GOING HERE

Available second hand through Amazon

Sodom
Sodom by Dr. Collins

Recounting Dr. Collins’s quest for Sodom in absorbing detail, this adventure-cum-memoir reflects the tensions that define biblical archaeology as it narrates a tale of discovery. Readers follow Dr. Collins as he tracks down biblical, archaeological, and geographical clues to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, narrowing the list of possible sites as he weighs evidence and battles skeptics. Finally, he arrives at a single location that looms as the only option: a massive ancient ruin called Tall el-Hammam in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Dr. Lean Ritmyer assisted Dr. Collins the reconstruction of the city. Dr. Collins co-wrote this book with Dr. Latayne Scott who we joined one of the trips to this city, across from Jericho in modern day Jordan.

Available through Amazon.

Josephus
Josephus

Examine an in-depth history of Herod and his infamous family. The earliest independent accounts of the lives of Jesus, John the Baptist, and James the brother of Jesus. Much of what we know about the beliefs of the Sadducees and Pharisees comes from Josephus. Without Josephus, we would know very little about the Essenes, the ancient Jewish group most frequently associated with the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Wars of the Jews includes an account of the Jewish revolt against Rome up to the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem.

You don’t have to read the whole thing, but certain selections would be useful such as the story of Herod, and the invasion of Jerusalem.

Available through Amazon

TheQuest
The Quest by Leen Ritmeyer

No book is better suited to the study, understanding and development of the man-made plateau that is the focus of the world’s interest the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Ritmeyer’s experience as an archaeologist of the Temple Mount Excavations following the Six-Day War, coupled with his exploration of parts of the mount now hardly accessible and his doctoral research into the problems of the Temple Mount make him singularly qualified for the task. We highly recommend this book!

WE WILL BE GOING HERE

Available through Amazon
Archaeology & the New Testament (McRay)
Archaeology and the New Testament

Veteran archaeologist John McRay sheds light on the biblical text by examining archaeological discoveries in Archeology and the New Testament. As he tours sites associated with the ministry of Jesus, the journey of Paul, and the seven churches of Revelation, he shows the pervasive influence of society, architecture, and religion on the peoples of the first century and on the New Testament. The book includes maps, charts, diagrams, a glossary of terms, and more than 150 photographs that help the ancient world come alive.

Available through Amazon

Archaeology of the Land of the Bible-Mazar
Archaeology of the Land of the Bible

Amihai Mazar is a world-renowned archaeologist who has directed excavations in the Holy Land for many years offers a dramatic look at how archaeological research contributes to our understanding of the connections between history and the stories recounted in the Bible.

Available through Amazon

Reliability of OT
The Reliability of the Old Testament

Takes strong issue with todays revisionist critics and offers a firm foundation for the historicity of the biblical texts. By Kitchen.

Available through Amazon

Recommended Atlases

Having a good Atlas is a really good idea. You will be able to find the places we are going to visit and look at the areas around them. You may not want to get all of these, but one of or two might be a good idea. Again, it is not just about this trip, but about building your library.

Zondervan Atlas of the Bible
Zondervan Atlas of the Bible 2010

This atlas of the Bible is a visual feast that will help you experience the geography and history of Scripture with unprecedented clarity. Three-dimensional maps and photographic images help the lands of the Bible come alive. Illuminating the text with over one hundred full-colour, multidimensional maps created with the help of Digital Elevation Modelling data. (Edited by Ramussen).

Available through Amazon

Carta Bible Atlas
Carter Bible Atals

The Carta Bible Atlas has been the premier Bible atlas of choice for students and scholars for decades. This atlas includes detailed maps, analytical notes relating biblical events to geographical locations, military campaigns, travel routes, archaeological highlights, a place index, a name index, and 40 new maps. 

Available through Amazon

Moody Bible Atlas
Moody Atlas of the BIble

The New Moody Atlas of the Bible integrates the geography of Bible lands with the teachings of the Bible. Dr. Beitzel has blended the topographical and historical in 118 full colour, detailed and digitized maps of Palestine, the Mediterranean, the Near East, the Sinai, and Turkey.

Available through Amazon

Helpful Study Tools

Strongs
Strongs Concordance

Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance is a great reference book enabling you to look up the Hebrew and Greek Meanings of words.  The older version is more accurate than the new “Strongest Strongs”. 

Available Used via Ebay/Amazon

This type of reference is also available in some electronic study tools such as Logos and E-Sword, although in an edited form.

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Gesenius'Lexicon

Gesenius’ is a Lexicon of Hebrew Words. It gives the “paragraph answer” to the meaning of a word, a much fuller meaning than Strong’s typically will. It uses the Strong’s numbers to help you locate words. 

Available Used via Ebay/Amazon

This type of reference is also available in some electronic study tools such as Logos and E-Sword, although in an edited form.

Thayers
Thayer's Lexicon

Thayer’s is a Lexicon of Greek Words. It gives the “paragraph answer” to the meaning of a word, a much fuller meaning than Strong’s typically will. It uses the Strong’s numbers to help you locate words. 

Available Used via Ebay/Amazon

This type of reference is also available in some electronic study tools such as Logos and E-Sword, although in an edited form.

 

Vines
Vines Dictionary

Vines Expository Dictionary of the Bible gives you expanded definitions and places where you can find words used in context. 

Available Used via Ebay/Amazon

This type of reference is also available in some electronic study tools such as Logos and E-Sword, although in an edited form.

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