ISBN: 9789657607084

Author: Rev. Jim Reimann

Illustrations: Najwan Zoubi

The Jesus Boat

One of the most enjoyable dreams of childhood is that of finding a treasure. Here is a true story of a dream comes true. 

One day on the year 1986, when the sea level was low, two Israeli brothers, living in a kibbutz on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, found an ancient boat. Little did they know that archaeologists will enthusiastically crown their discovery as one of the most important reminders from Jesus' lifetime!

Excavating the boat from the mud without damaging it was a difficult process which lasted 12 days and nights. The ancient wood was extremely fragile when exposed to the atmosphere and the boat had to be rescued by wrapping it in a mantle of fiberglass and insulating foam, which helped with both keeping it together, and floating it to its new location in the museum adjacent to the place where it was found. Since then, it is one of the highlights in every Christian pilgrimage tour to the Holy land. 

The "Jesus Boat" story for kids ties beautifully together this stunning discovery and the biblical text from Mark 4:35-41, about Jesus calming with his miraculous power a sea storm. "it was a boat much like this ancient one", it reveals, "that  Jesus and his friends sailed out one night…".

 

ISBN: 9789657607404

Author: Tamara A.

Illustrations: Nataliya Chernysheva

Caesarea - A Glimpse at the past of a Glorious City

Caesarea - A glorious city with an outstanding history. The book is a 
simplified version of the events for children. 
The story of the town that was built by Herod the Great about 25–13 
BCE as the port city Caesarea Maritima and served as an administrative center of Judaea Province of the Roman Empire, and later the capital of  the Byzantine Palaestina Prima province during the classic period. 
After many wars and conquests, the Jewish town of Caesarea was 
established near the ruins of the old city, which were made into the 
national park of Caesarea Maritima.

Arieh - The lion of Megiddo

This is the story of Mount Megiddo, told by Arieh, the lion. Canaanites fought there but couldn’t beat the Egyptian kings who freed the Israelite nation all the way to the Galilee.

Megiddo (known by the Greeks as Armageddon – the final battle) flourished during the reign of the Jewish kings and many important battles were fought there and will be fought until Messiah will arrive.

ISBN: 9789657607305

Author: J. Spencer Bloch

Illustrations: Rony Tamir

The Lost Lamb and The Find of The Century

In the Negev desert, in 1947, a young Bedouin man lost his lamb near the hills of Qumran.

He found it in a cave where he also discovered ten jars of clay. One had some scrolls.

He brought it to a Jewish professor who realized what an ancient treasure had been found – the Holy Bible in its earliest form that belonged to an ancient Jewish community in Qumran.

ISBN: 9789657607671

Author: J. Spencer Bloch

Illustrations: Natallya  Chernysheva

Masada - Judea's Last Stand

This is the story of the heroic warriors of Masada two thousand years ago and the siege of the great Roman army that lasted for months. The tragic choice the Jews had to make between death and freedom and the inevitable sacrifice.

ISBN: 9789657607251

Author: J. Spencer Bloch

Illustrations: Hayim Roiblat Otsarya

ISBN: 9789657607435

Author: Garit Gani

English Version: J. Spencer Bloch

Illustrations: Nataliya Chernysheva

The Ballad of Magdala

Magdala

Although  Magdala is  mentioned  several  times in  the  scriptures  (Maria Magdalena is  a prominent clue),  it came as  a huge surprise  in the year 2009, when remains  of an ancient fishery town  were revealed  near the contemporary shores of  the Sea  of Galilee. All  this happened  while digging  foundations for  a pilgrims' guesthouse on the shore.

Right  at the  start, the  workers  unearthed a  first century  synagogue  - one of  only seven synagogues from  this  period in  the world.  It is  more than likely, that  Jesus himself  had taught here on His ministry in the Galilee. Along with the synagogue, there was discovered an  entire first  century  city, with  homes  and warehouses,  stores  and ritual  bathes.  

Most exciting was  the discovery of  a stone  block, on which  a Menorah  shape was engraved.  It tells that the artist must have seen the original Menorah in Jerusalem before  70 AD (year of the Temple's destruction).

After this  stirring discovery,  there was  erected on  site a  one-of-its-kind Chapel,  the 'Duc In Altum'.  With a  view of  the Sea  of Galilee and  a unique  boat-shaped altar,  this chapel commemorates Jesus preaching from the boat. 'Duc In Altum' draws its name from Luke 5:4

where Jesus instructs  Simon Peter to “launch  into the deep”. On  May 26, 2014, during  his pastoral pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Pope Francis blessed the tabernacle, which resides on the altar in the Boat Chapel.

The Magdala Stone (Courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority)

'Duc In Altum'  also exalts  the presence of  women in the  Gospel, first and  foremost Mary from Magdala, who was a follower of Jesus and one of the three who found His empty grave.

In just a few short years, with  only part of the site excavated, Magdala has already become a very special place of history  and culture, as it provides an authentic location to  walk and pray where Jesus taught, and to connect with the first century life of Jesus’ followers.

ISBN: 9789657607480

Author: Sarit Gani

Illustrations: Nataliya Chernysheva

Tales a Tel Tells

Esther, a 12 year old Israeli girl, travels through time
and meets children from the past: Sirgofen the
Egyptian girl, Ruben the Israelite, Yuliana the Roman
and Musa the Muslim. All of them used to live at the
different eras at the city of Beit-she'an, on the north-
east of the Holy land.
The contemporary Israeli girl Esther, who tells the
story, leads us through the periods and introduces her
long-gone friends. She reveals her secret: "Out of my
window I look at the Biblical Tel/ 18 layers of periods it
tells./ Some nights I dream my mother bakes/ an eighteen
layers cream 'n chocolate cake."
Beit-she'an is a 6000 year old settlement, 4000 of
them are buried in the bowels of the earth, while
the remnants of the magnificent Roman city of Beit-
she'an, which was ruined in a massive earthquake,
are close at hand and call for us to visit.
The reading is accompanied by a time-table (p. 22),
which will help the young readers and adults as
well to find their way through the layers of time.

City of David

In this delightfully illustrated story, Elad the Dove takes the reader through the 3,000-year history of Ir David, the City of David. From the days of the Patriarchs to Temple times to the modern era, Elad guides the young and the young at heart through the sites which lie at the crossroads of world events. It is a journey you will never forget! 

ISBN: 9789657607503

Author: Joseph Bloch

Illustrations: Lulu Sorek

ISBN: 97896547607602

Author: Joseph Bloch

Illustrations: Lulu Sorek

Hannah's Prayer in Shiloh

When we think about the House of God, we usually think about the Temple in Jerusalem. However, long before the foundations of the Temple were laid, God’s Tabernacle was established in the city of Shiloh, in the hill country of the Tribe of Ephraim, a central place in the life of the people. Here, in the Tabernacle of Shiloh, the story of Hannah takes place, the story of a woman who wants to be a mother more than anything. God responds by blessing her with a son, whom she names Samuel. He grows up to be a prophet (seer) and leader of the nation of Israel.  Her baby boy grows up to anoint the first king of Israel -- and to find the young man whose progeny will be God's chosen forever, David. In the era of the conquest of the land of Canaan and the period of the Judges, starting around 1200 BC, long before the establishment of the monarchy, Shiloh, in southern Samaria, served as a spiritual and administrative center for the Twelve Tribes of Israel. Here the Tabernacle stood, said to have been built by Joshua son of Nun, with the Ark of the Covenant at its center. Serving as priests in Shiloh’s later days were Eli and his two sons. We know this from the story of Hannah and her husband Elkanah, with whom the Book of Samuel opens. However, the Tabernacle’s days were numbered. At the time, there was a bitter conflict ongoing between the Israelites and the coastal nation known as the Philistines. Around 1050 BC, the Battle of Ebenezer took place, to the west of Shiloh. The Philistines won a tremendous victory. The Ark of the Covenant, which had been taken out to the battlefield following the custom of the time, was captured by the Philistines. Chapter Four of the First Book of Samuel tells us that Eli the High Priest, upon hearing the news of the horrible Israelite defeat, fell from his chair, shattered his spine and died. The Philistines then destroyed Shiloh and burnt it to the ground. Half a millennium later, the event was still remembered as a heartbreaking catastrophe, as the priest and prophet Jeremiah describes it (7:12): “Go now to the place in Shiloh where I first made a dwelling for my Name, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of my people Israel.”The Battle of Ebenezer spelled the end of Shiloh’s capital status. Though it was rebuilt and restored during the period of the monarchy, it never reclaimed that level of national prominence. Archeological remains at the site tell us that in the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and early Arab periods, there were, at various points, Jewish, Christian and Muslim settlements. Shiloh also appears in the famous 6th-cenutry Madaba Mosaic Map. In the Byzantine Era, a church and a basilica were built there; in the Arab Era, a mosque. The later construction damaged the sooty remains of biblical Shiloh. In the 14th century, the traveler Ashtori ha-Parḥi described discovering Shiloh in ruins. Tel Shiloh was excavated and surveyed throughout the 20th century — initially by a Danish team, later by researchers from Bar-Ilan University. Israelite Shiloh was built in the 12th century BC, but even in the preceding centuries, the area was settled. Archeological discoveries reveal earlier strata. In these excavations, remnants of structures destroyed by fire have been uncovered — dramatic testimony to the great conflagration resulting from the defeat at Ebenezer. Many ritual objects, which indicate pilgrimage and sacrificial service, have been found at the site.In 2013, a visitors’ center was built at Shiloh, with the aim of informing the public about the importance of the site in Jewish history. This tourist site was built by contributions and sponsored by the Benjamin Regional Council. At the top of the tel is a captivating light-and-sound show that vividly re-enacts life in the days of the Tabernacle at Shiloh — from its founding by Joshua, through the story of Hannah, to the war with the Philistines — using innovative multimedia technology, the first of its kind in Israel.

ISBN: 9789657607619

Author: Sarit Gani

Illustrations: Nataliya Chernysheva

Translation: Joseph S. Bloch

Caesarea Philippi & the Banias nature reserve

The Caesarea Philippi remains in northern Israel of today are yearly

attended by hundreds of thousands, coming to visit the very site where

the momentous events described in the scriptures took place:

Peter recognizes Jesus as the Christ (Messiah) and receives the Keys of the

Kingdom of Heaven.

The Roman city of Caesarea Phillipi was first called Paneus, after the

Greek god of the nature, Pan. Great Herod's son, Phillip, inherited the

region following his father's death (4BC), and renamed the city to honor

himself.

The visit of Jesus and his disciples took place about 33 years later.

Caesarea Philippi is also known for its picturesque waterfall and the

scenery of the Banias River, one of the three sources of the River Jordan.

ISBN: 9789657607626

Author: Sarit Gani

Illustrations: Rotem Rothschilld

Korazim - Black rock town

located on a hill observing the Sea of Galilee, Korazim is one of the towns visited by the Galilean teacher Jesus son of Joseph. Fair Korazim of today is very special with its half-restored houses and the impressive well-preserved remnants of an ancient synagogue, dated to the first centuries AD.

We open our story with the prehistoric volcanic burst which created the basalt rocks of Korazim. We are passing through the beginning of humanity and skipping to the first centuries CE, when a thriving Jewish community lived in Korazim. Then we meet Jesus preaching on site.

Seven centuries later we witness the great earthquake, which erased everything. centuries of desolation have followed, until we could meet the beautiful historical site of today, hosting hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the globe.

Through all these upheavals, we have chosen a heroin, that has been there from the beginning of times. She witnessed the happenings through the eras. Her name is EARTH, and you'll get acquainted with her fears and anguishes as well as her proud moments and joys.

Author: Sarit Gani

Illustrations: Elias Akleh

ISBN:9789657607664

Kurs'is Secrets 

A charming family in the fishing village of Kursi, on the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee, in the 5th century, is getting ready to celebrate their son’s tenth birthday. On this occasion, the young boy can finally learn the awesome, terrifying tale which makes his hometown famous (based on Matthew 5; Mark 8; Luke 8). His father, a local mosaic artist, reveals the secret of the miraculous healing done by Jesus there. The spiritual ministry of Jesus began in the fishing villages around the Sea of Galilee. On the eastern shore, a few hours’ walk from Capernaum, his base of operations, ruins of a settlement have been found, along with a fishermen’s wharf from the Byzantine Era. According to researchers, this site is to be identified with 'Gergesa' or the 'Country of the Gergesenes', which is mentioned in the New Testament. Over the years, the place became known as Kursi. In this area, according to Matthew 5, Mark 8 and Luke 8, Jesus demonstrated his power and healed a man possessed by demons. The demons left the man and entered a nearby herd of swine, which in terror ran down the slope to drown in the sea. The man who was cured then spread the story about the wonders of Jesus. In a certain sense, we may say that this man was Jesus’ first missionary.At this location, surrounded by high basalt stones, ruins of an impressively large basilica were found, alongside an expansive monastery including a dormitory, public buildings, a bathhouse, an olive press and a guesthouse. The ruins are dated to the 5th century, testifying to a Christian community living in the same place where a Jewish community existed in the time of Jesus. On the hillside above the ruins of the church, a giant rock protrudes, alongside the ruins of a small chapel. Tradition identifies this as the spot where Jesus met the man possessed by demons. However, Kursi’s main claim to fame is the beautiful mosaic floors found there. The mosaic artist of Kursi, in the 5th century, excelled at depicting local scenes of nature: fish, birds, plants, fruits. The most famous mosaic depicts a basket and two doves. It is worth noting that the surviving mosaics do not depict the tale related in the New Testament. As the mosaics show some signs of damage throughout the centuries, there is reason to hypothesize that such a mosaic did exist at one point. (Keep in mind that both Muslims and Jews consider pigs unclean.) The settlement survived until a massive earthquake hit the Galilee in 749. The site is now maintained by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority as the Kursi National Park. Annually, it is visited by tens of thousands of tourists and pilgrims, who enjoy a fascinating and inspiring experience. The spiritual ministry of Jesus began in the fishing villages around the Sea of Galilee. On the eastern shore, a few hours’ walk from Capernaum, his base of operations, ruins of a settlement have been found, along with a fishermen’s wharf from the Byzantine Era. According to researchers, this site is to be identified with 'Gergesa' or the 'Country of the Gergesenes', which is mentioned in the New Testament. Over the years, the place became known as Kursi. In this area, according to Matthew 5, Mark 8 and Luke 8, Jesus demonstrated his power and healed a man possessed by demons. The demons left the man and entered a nearby herd of swine, which in terror ran down the slope to drown in the sea. The man who was cured then spread the story about the wonders of Jesus. In a certain sense, we may say that this man was Jesus’ first missionary.At this location, surrounded by high basalt stones, ruins of an impressively large basilica were found, alongside an expansive monastery including a dormitory, public buildings, a bathhouse, an olive press and a guesthouse.Kursi’s Secret allows the young reader to encounter, in a friendly and attractive way, the biblical narrative and its setting almost two millennia ago.

 
 
 
 
 
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