JOURNEY THROUGH THE HOLY LAND by Betty Hartman Wolf

JOURNEY THROUGH THE HOLY LAND

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Holy Land"" in this title is definitely limited to that part of the Holy Land which is now Jordan. With this reservation understood, the book is much needed and thoroughly satisfying, both as a tourist guide and good reading for the stay-at-home. Both Mrs. Wolf and her husband spent a year in Old Jerusalem while he did archaeological research and translated Eusebius, that 4th century guidebook writer. Mrs. Wolf's book is delightfully balanced between local color, scholarly interpretation, close familiarity with Biblical sources and both Old and New Testament, and an enthusiasm for the archaeological aspects of her husband's work. One learns an immense amount, painlessly, of the people of Jordan and their way of life, of the cities and towns and villages, the desert Bedouins, the facts about health, education, the family, the place of women, the agricultural procedures the infant industries--and the giant problems. The average reader will turn eagerly to the sections on Jerusalem, on Jericho, on Petra, on the Qumran caves and the Dead Sea Scrolls, and he will be absorbed by that sense of communication between a country today and the people of the Bible.

Publisher: Doubleday