Holy Land Revealed

Narrated by: Jodi Magness
Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
Categories: History, Ancient History
4.6 out of 5 stars (62 ratings)

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As the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity, the Holy Land (the area in and around modern-day Israel) is one of the most important regions in the world and the setting for defining events in religious history. 

Comb through this evidence for yourself with The Holy Land Revealed, which will add new dimensions to your understanding of this dynamic place. Delivered by archaeologist and award-winning Professor Jodi Magness of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, these 36 lectures give you an insider’s look at how archaeology helps us relive this period of civilization. And it’s a chance to get up close and personal with long-buried objects that will take you deep beneath the pages of the Bible. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

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There's a whole lecture about a toilet

Lecture 18: 'The Life of the Essenes' discusses for an entire 30 minutes what can be deduced from the excavation of a toilet at Qumran. And it's fascinating. Five out of five stars, that's great archaeology right there.

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Good research, but beware,

I went through most of this audiobook with interest(even though she has a heavy accent- bronx?) but she finally came to the point of Jesus's burial and then revealed that the real Jesus burial site had been found in 1980 with a family therefore (she says) disproving his resurrection. Then I quickly realized she is another academic unbeliever. Unfortunately there are many among the Great Performances professors so public beware. This is true of academia in general so Great Performances is no exception. Listener beware!

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Pretty good content, but it lacks video informati

The main problem with this lectures being treated as an audiobook is that several lectures are literally based on images the professor is obviously showing in the video version (she even says sometimes things like "as you can see in this picture"). And in this case this is very unfortunate because she describes physical sites, maps, logistics and even army positioning. Nonetheless, it's VERY good content. Full of details, the professor is cautious to not induce you into just believing in her words, talks a lot about methods and sources, and she does not incline the lectures towards any religious preferences: she does use sacred books as guides and sources, but mainly as literary and culture guides, not as dogmatic or as absolute.

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A good history of the Holy Land

It was an overall view of the history of this part of the world that is important to 2 religious movements. it has left its imprint of Western Civilizations for the past 2000+ years.

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Great Lectures

I recently visited Jerusalem for the first time and these lectures are filling in a lot of information I wish I had during my trip. Will be very valuable for my next visit. Definitely recommend this audiobook for anybody remotely interested in the history of the Holy Land. Especially if you want to figure out fact from fiction.

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Wonderful lecture series

Loved the presentation. I listened to the lectures before and after visiting Israel. Dr. Magness’ descriptions and explanations are vivid and fascinating !

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Understand the Bible

Enriched and deepened my understanding of the Bible and the beginnings of Christianity. thank you

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  • 08-27-19

fascinating

jodi magnussen brought the holy land alive, scholarly and informative..the need for fifteen words is twee

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  • 02-02-20

Fascinating look at the Holy Land

This is a scientific presentation of archaeological findings in Israel, although it also combines well with literary records. It is excellently presented. The one shortcoming is the lack of images in the PDF, I spent a lot of time googling the places and buildings to follow the discussion.

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