- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Oxbow Books (February 28, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 097740949X
- ISBN-13: 978-0977409495
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,757,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pilgrimage in Early Christian Jordan: A Literary and Archaeological Guide
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Both armchair archaeologists and pilgrims who want to explore these important sites in the Holy Land will thoroughly appreciate this informative study.' (Donald Senior The Bible Today)
About the Author
Burton MacDonald is Senior Research Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, NS, Canada. His special interests are the archaeology of Jordan, especially the southern part of the country, within the framework of the prehistory and history of the Ancient Near East and its connection to Old Testament / Hebrew Bible Studies and the Christian Religion. He has conducted archaeological fieldwork in Jordan since 1977 and has been the director of numerous archaeological surveys throughout the region. His latest survey projects include the Tafila-Busayra Archaeological Survey (19992001), the Ayl to Ras an-Naqb Archaeological Survey (2005-2007; currently under preparation for publication), and the Shammakh to Ayl Archaeological Survey (since 2010).
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The author gives detailed information for about a dozen sites of interest to Christians on the eastern side of the Jordan river, from Biblical sites like Bethany Beyond the Jordan to Byzantine sites like Madaba. Many people don't know that this area was heavily Christian up till the Muslim conquest and is still the home of many Christians today.
He illustrates each site with maps, pictures, diagrams, Biblical references, and historical quotes. There is detailed information of what there is to see at each site, explanations of the ruins, and even some GPS coordinates (a helpful addition). He even gives some brief information of how to get to each site.
And the whole book is readable. On page 24 he even has a great diagram of the layout and technical terms of a Byzantine style church, so you know what an "Aspe" is when it is mentioned in a church description. Brilliant!
Let me just say that if you plan to tour any of these sites, you have to have this book.
My only quibble is that I think he should have included Pella (Tabaqat Fahl) in the book. It has a significant place in early Christian history and is smack dab in the middle of the area he covers, even if there is not much to see at the location.
Again, highly recommended!