Rev. Haswell's book has several things to recommend it. The text is arranged to fit the itineraries of organized tours (beginning with the coastal plain and ending with Jericho and the Dead Sea). It is written in a simple, straightforward style. It is free of the pious piffle that has afflicted so many books of this kind. It has, on the other hand, a defect serious enough instantly to put the reader on guard: the author ignores everything that has been learned and written in the past few years about the life, trial and death of Jesus, and insists on adhering closely -- or rather, blindly -- to the traditional, literal interpretation of the gospel narratives. The worth of the book is so diminished thereby as to become virtually non-existent for any but the fundamentalist user.