Israel and Jordan Resources for High School

An Archaeological Search for Jesus (DVD)

Hosted by Hershel Shanks

In this five-part documentary, Hershel Shanks travels from Galilee to Jerusalem in search of the first-century world in which Jesus lived and died. Includes visits to Nazareth, Sepphoris, Capernaum, Bethsaida, Kursi, Qumran, and Jerusalem. In each installment, Shanks interviews eminent archaeologists and New Testament scholars about the sites associated with Jesus and other gospel figures. A trip to Qumran, the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, gives insight into the Jewish context of Jesus' teachings. This non-denominational film is the first and only documentary focusing on the archaeological evidence of Jesus and early Christianity. 3 DVD boxed set, Approx. 210 minutes, $99.95. ISBN 978-1-880317-66-2.

The Archaeology of Jerusalem: From David to Jesus

Part I: From the Beginning to the Babylonian Destruction

Part II: From the Return of the Exiles to the World of Jesus

Ideal for classroom or home use, this intriguing DVD tells the story of the great archaeological finds from Jerusalem over the ages. Take a fascinating journey with writer, director, and narrator Hershel Shanks, editor of Biblical Archaeology Review. View stunning aerial shots of Jerusalem in vivid color. See a multitude of artifacts and inscriptions including the silver amulet containing the earliest Biblical quotation ever discovered. Plus visit on-site location shots of Herod’s Temple Mount, the Jerusalem Cardo, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Dome of the Rock and much more. In the accompanying Learner’s Guide PDF, archaeologist Dan P. Cole discusses geographic, political and religious influences on Jerusalem’s history. Also included are study questions, historical maps, an extensive glossary, a chronology and a bibliography. 75 minutes. ISBN 978-1-935335-34-4.

Herod's Lost Tomb

Herod the Great, is best known for the slaughter of Bethlehem's male infants. But he was also an architectural mastermind who built more and larger monuments than virtually anyone in ancient times, and perhaps in all time. Now, Israeli archaeologist Ehud Netzer claims to have found Herod's grandest creation of all—his burial tomb. At his self-named palace-fortress Herodium, Herod's Lost Tomb explores Netzer's decades-long search for the King of the Jews' fabulously carved mausoleum and coffin. Includes in-depth examinations of classic Herodian sites such as Masada, Caesarea, and Jerusalem's Second Temple. National Geographic, DVD, 2008, 50 minutes, $24.95.

Houses of Ancient Israel

At this website for the Harvard Semitic Museum, click on Exhibitions, then The Houses of Ancient Israel.

Israel: A Journey Through Time

This captivating documentary, filmed entirely in Israel, presents a Christian perspective on the Holy Land's ancient history and modern reality, from Genesis to the possibility of Armageddon. 6 DVD Set, $99.95.

Quest for the Phoenicians

Join two scientists and an explorer as they travel to Lebanon to find out more about the ancient Phoenicians. The scientists are using genetics to determine the link between the current Lebanese population and the early Phoenicians from bone excavations made at ancient sites. Meanwhile, the explorer tries to retrace the shipping and sailing routes of the Phoenicians, who were aggressive explorers that discovered and conquered other Mediterranean lands. National Geographic, DVD, 2006, 60 minutes, $24.95.

Tracing the Footsteps of Jesus

Hosted by Tony Moore

This four-DVD set includes 28 30-minute episodes filmed on location, which bring the gospel stories to lifeSet: $329.

Where Jesus Walked

Hosted by Hershel Shanks

In this film from the Biblical Archaeology Society, Hershel Shanks visits Nazareth, Galilee, Capernaum, Bethsaida, Qumran, Sepphoris, and Jerusalem to view sites where Jesus walked. Along the way, Shanks meets with the world’s most prominent archaeologists and biblical scholars to discuss the archaeological discoveries that link these sites to Jesus. Their lively, in-depth conversations offer a clear picture of how current archaeology is illuminating the New Testament. The fascinating finds include a first-century boat like the one the apostles used, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the theater at Sepphoris, the fishing village of Bethsaida, the Capernaum synagogue where Jesus preached, the remains of an individual crucified in the first century, and much more. DVD, Approx. 91 minutes. ISBN 978-1-880317-74-7. $24.95.

Writing the Dead Sea Scrolls

The Dead Sea Scrolls are widely considered to be one of the greatest archaeological finds in modern history. More than a half century after their discovery, scientists are still trying to solve the mystery of who wrote them. With special access to the scrolls, National Geographic goes beyond the enclosed glass case to examine the actual texts up close and explores the caves where they were found. Witness as a new clue to the identity of the scrolls' writers is deciphered—a 2,000-year-old cup inscribed with a strange text. Could analysis of this finding unravel the mystery? National Geographic, DVD, 2010, 50 minutes, $19.95.