Israel is a Middle Eastern country that is considered to be a holy land by Jews, Muslims, as well as Christians. It is believed that Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, a small town that is almost 6 miles away from the old city of Jerusalem in Israel. Most of the sacred places are located around this region and people from all over the world pour into Israel to visit the holy land. If you’re thinking about visiting Israel some day or you’re just curious about the Jewish country, these are some of the books that you must read. It is always good to know about a place and the things that form its identity before you visit the place.
Israel- An Introduction by Barry Rubin
If you really don’t have much idea about Israel, this book will give you all the information that you will need. Barry Rubin has explained the painful past and the usually controversial present of Israel very well in this book. Rubin is one of the most popular historians in the Middle East and you can rely on whatever facts he has conveyed in the book. The book is based on different aspects like land and people, history, society, politics, economics, and culture.
Why Israel Matters: A Biblical, Historical, and Legal Case for the Jewish Homeland by Jay Sekulow
This is a recently published book (February 2018) and it is written by Jay Sekulow, Donald Trump’s top attorney. It ponders upon the issues regarding Israel’s struggles for existence and how that has impacted the whole world. As the title of the books points out, Sekulow explains why Israel is an important country for America and how it becomes the focal point of the future of the world. Israel has been undoubtedly one of the most controversial states till date and this book will help you gain some perspective about how it is much more important that it seems.
A History of the Jews by Paul Johnson
The Jewish history and culture is enormously huge and complex to understand if you consider the events that have been happening since the past 4000 years. Paul Johnson has broken down this massive story into a very engaging and understandable book that will let you understand the history of the Jews.
Israel from the Air by Itamar Grinberg
If you would want to take a look at the real Israel beyond whatever the news channels show you, this is the right book you must have. It includes a collection of aerial photographs of Israel.
Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices by Mosab Hassan Yousef
The Israel-Palestine conflict has been around for ages now and this book is a perfect read on the issue. The story is based on real life events about how the son of a Hamas (a terrorist group) leader turned into a peace-loving Christian.