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Books Related to the Work of the PEF

The following books focus on topics that illuminate the history, archaeology and geography of the Levant. Several authors and contributors have close connections with the PEF.

  • Distant Views of the Holy Land

    The Holy Land has been an enduring magnet for visitors seeking to retrace the footsteps of biblical  prophets, kings  and saints  and to glimpse  the setting of events recorded in the Scriptures.  This book offers a selection of over 350 early photographs, paintings, and drawings of the length and breadth of the Holy Land from the rich repository of images in the archives of the Palestine Exploration Fund.

  • The Survey of Palestine Under the British Mandate, 1920-1948

    This book, which is sponsored by the PEF, is a historical study of the survey and mapping system of Palestine under the British Mandate. It traces the background and the reasoning behind the establishment of this survey project, examines the foundations of this enterprise, and attempts to understand the motivation of those who carried it out. The author, Dr. Dov Gavish, is an expert on Cartographic History at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

  • Beyond the River: Ottoman Transjordan in Original Photographs
    During the 19th and early 20th century, the rugged, mountainous land through which the River Jordan flows, was a region of untouched beauty and deeply held tribal traditions. Historian Dr. Raouf Sa'd Abujaber and Palestine Exploration Fund Curator Felicity Cobbing, gather together from this period over 200 black-and-white photographs of Transjordan from the collections of the Palestine Exploration Fund.
  • Jerusalem in Original Photographs 1850-1920

    In this volume by Shimon Gibson, photographs from the archives of the PEF provide a unique visual experience of the city and the manner of life it lived for many generations, up to three-quarters of a century ago. Jerusalem in these photographs emerges as a sleepy Ottoman city resting on its mythic reputation.

  • The Survey of Western Palestine: Introductory Essays
    This volume contains two introductory essays to accompany the Archive Editions facsimile of The Survey of Western Palestine. David Jacobson and Yolande Hodson outline the history of the Survey of Western Palestine 1872-1878 and the PEF's explorations of Jerusalem 1867-1870.
  • The Survey of Western Palestine (1871-1877)
    This series of volumes republishes the first detailed survey of Western Palestine (1871-1877). The whole country west of the Jordan from Tyre in the north to Beersheba in the south was submitted to the surveyors´ scrutiny. Ruined cities, buildings, tombs, and interesting sites were all excavated, drawn, or photographed.
  • Beneath the Holy Sepulchre: The archaeology and early history of traditional Golgotha
    The church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is one of Christianity's most sacred shrines, and recent discoveries have shed new light on its history. In this volume, Shimon Gibson and Joan Taylor shed light on the early periods of the site, including its topography from the time of Jesus, Hadrian's Temple of Venus, and Constantine's Basilica of the Holy Cross.
  • Samaria-Sebaste II: The Early Ivories from Samaria
    J.W.Crowfoot and Grace M. Crowfoot, with a Note by E.L. Sukenik The Samaria Ivories were the first major find of art from the period of the Hebrew monarchy, and shed unprecedented light on the imagery in use in elite circles in the Kingdom of Israel. Although originally dated to the ninth century BC on the basis of an assumed connection to the 'Ivory House' of King Ahab (I Kings 22:39), they are now thought to date a century later, to the eighth century, although the excavators' original conclusion that they were connected to Phoenician artwork has been confirmed by later discoveries.
  • Ancient Jordan from the Air
    Many claim that aerial archaeology was created in the Middle East and there is no doubt that its potential was developed here. For a variety of reasons, following its origins and early history, the use of aerial photography was punctuated and then arrested for so many years – to be resurrected by the pioneering work of David Kennedy and Robert Bewley using existing aerial photographs.
  • Palestine in the Fourth Century A.D.: The Onomasticon of Eusebius of Caesarea
    By G.S.P. Freeman-Grenville, Rupert L. Chapman III, and Joan E. Taylor. For archaeologists specializing in the Levant, the Onomasticon of Eusebius Pamphili, Bishop of Caesarea (c. 260-339 CE), has long been considered to be one of the most useful works extant from antiquity. Eusebius endeavoured to list every place mentioned in the Bible and locate each one in the lands he knew.
  • The Carta Bible Atlas
    This fourth edition of the best-selling Macmillan Bible Atlas brings the latest findings of biblical, historical, and archaeological research to its sweeping cartographic portrayal of biblical history.
  • Below the Temple Mount in Jerusalem
    A comprehensive study of descriptions and available information on the Temple Mount, including plans by Wilson, Warren, Schick and others, much of this published here for the first time.

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