Hoerth, Alfred J. Archaeology and the Old Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1998. A great source of information regarding the archaeology of the Old Testament - arranged chronologically, and very well illustrated. Click Here to order at amazon.com.
McRay, John. Archaeology and the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1991. A great source of information regarding New Testament archaeology - including Israel, Turkey, Greece, and Italy. Click Here to order at amazon.com.
Rasmussen, Carl G. A brand new edition of the award winning The Zondervan Atlas of the Bible is now available. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010. A great geographical introduction to the lands of the Bible written by the site content provider. First fifth is a geographical introduction to the area, the middle three-fifths is an historical-geographical commentary on the whole Bible, and the final fifth a set of appendices, including a Gazetteer. Click Here to order at amazon.com.
I am pleased to announce that Zondervan has released a 13 Lesson Video series that we filmed in the Holy Land. This is an 18-minute Introduction to the ancient Middle East. A Trailer for the series can be found Here. This video is part of their "MasterLectures" and is available streaming there and also as a DVD set on amazon.com. For an announcement on Todd Bolen's blog, Click Here.
Two samples of this 13 Lesson Series are available on YouTube.
Murphy-O'Connor, Jerome. The Holy Land: An Oxford Archaeological Guide from Earliest Times to 1700. Fifth edition, revised and expanded. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. Simply the best - and inexpensive!! Click Here to order at amazon.com.
McDonagh, Bernard. Blue Guide: Turkey. Third edition, atlas, maps and plans by RJS Associates and John Flower. New York: WW Norton, 1966. One of the best historical/archaeological guides to Turkey. Click Here to order at amazon.com.
Barber, Robin and Flower, John. Blue Guide: Greece. Sixth edition. New York: WW Norton, 2001. One of the best historical/archaeological guides to Greece . Click Here to order at amazon.com.
Mee, Christopher, and Spawforth, Antony. Greece: An Oxford Archaeological Guide. Oxford Archaeological Guides, edited by Barry Cunliffe. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001. Compare O'Connor above. Click Here to order at amazon.com.
For those who wish to walk in Galilee check out The Jesus Trail and related walks.
Connolly, Peter, and Dodge, Hazel. The Ancient City: Life in Classical Athens & Rome. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998. Filled with very helpful pictures and diagrams. Excellent for general background of both Greek and Roman culture - and inexpensive!! Click Here to order at amazon.com.
Ramsay, William M. St. Paul — The Traveler and Roman Citizen. Full–Color Updated & Revised Edition, edited by Mark W. Wilson. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel, 2001. A classic, updated with excellent photos and supplimentary commentary - covers the whole life of Paul. Click Here to order at amazon.com.