New Book Being Published!

 
The great news is that my new book is now only one step away from completion! The final proof was just submitted to our publisher (Stone Tower Press) and is presently at the printers! With a paper shortage and delays, our publisher predicts it will take up to eight weeks to complete the printing of the first 500 copies. This means the availability date will be somewhere around the middle of January. While we wait patiently, I am excited about how God will use this book to help people understand the stories of the Bible in the context of the land!
 
The book features 50 stories from the Bible (25 OT, 25 NT) set in the context in which the stories took place. The archaeological, historical, geographical, and cultural background of these stories is used to bring a deeper understanding of these biblical narratives. Additionally, this 475 page book is filled with a devotional component of learning life lessons for the purpose of encouraging your journey of faith! The book could be used as a personal devotional or as a group Bible study guide. It is also my hope that Connecting the Dots will be a “go-to” book not only for those preparing to travel to Israel, but also for those who are not able to make an Israel  trip themselves. The book is meant to bring the land of Israel directly to the reader and to have these 50 stories burst forth with new life, perspective, and application!
 
Each chapter features the following sub-headings:
 
  • Consider This – An introduction to the primary biblical story.
  • Connecting with the Land – The geographical, archaeological, and cultural context of the biblical story.
  • Connecting with the Story – The sharing of the biblical story. The text of the story is imbedded in each chapter.
  • Connecting with God – An observation of the ways God is seen in each story.
  • Connecting to our Faith Journey – An intentional way of how we can grow in our faith walk with God.
  • Connecting in Prayer – A closing prayer of application and encouragement.
 

Pulling from his many years in the Land, Dr. John DeLancey uses the geography, archae- ology, cultural background, and larger historical setting of the land of the Bible to re-tell 50 biblical stories. Yet, Connecting the Dots is not just about understanding the historical and geographical background of a given biblical story. Rather, Dr. John integrates these “academic” details with scholarly exuberance and a pastor’s heart.”

 — Chris McKinny, PhD (Archaeologist Research Fellow with Gesher Media)

 

Caesarea Maritima Sketch
Caesarea Maritima Sketch

Thanks to Many

 

The book also features 50 unique sketches of “on-location” photos. Thanks to Dee Weston (a great friend who has traveled about 10 times with me to Israel) who carefully converted still photos into these stunning sketches. The sketches are meant to help the reader to be able to picture where the stories took place! Thanks also to the many who helped with the editing (Dana St. John, a BIMT Board member, being the primary one) and proof-reading in this long journey of writing this book. You have been a blessing to me!

 

Additional Comments

 

Thanks also to those who added personal comments about the book.

Dr. Randall Smith (my old roommate from my studies in Jerusalem) added his perspective: “The Bible’s story can be easily misused and misunderstood. This is where context helps dramatically. Setting the text in its physical and cultural context can sound stuffy, but if done well it is entirely the opposite. In Dr. DeLancey’s hands, Bible stories set in their archaeology and landscape are made into both accessible and practical stories that impact our way of living. John sees through the academic jargon to offer the simple observations of the remains left long ago and carefully conveys what the ancients said and did. These lessons require his subtle eye for the spot on the ancient floor where the stone is most worn, as he surmises where people spent their time and energy.

Dr. Phil McKinney (a BIMT Board member and Lead/Discipelship Pastor) said: “This book is the culmination of the many years of experience in ministry, archaeology, teach- ing, and guiding trips to lands of the Bible that John DeLancey has encountered throughout his life. John has masterfully woven his experience, education, and passion for discipleship into this work by connecting the dots of Scripture to the physical locations of the biblical land. John provides deep insight into not only the individual sites and their archaeology, but also into how this connects with one’s journey of faith and how to live as a disciple of Christ. Whether one is able to visit the lands of the Bible and use this as a companion text, or they only want to gain a deeper understanding of how and why God used these particular loca- tions, this is a vital resource for discipleship and spiritual growth.”

Dr. Todd Bolen (Professor of Biblical Studies at The Master’s University, Photographer at BiblePlaces.com) shared this comment: “Dr. John DeLancey really does “connect the dots” in this engaging study of 25 Old Testament and 25 New Testament stories. Drawing on his extensive study and travels in Israel, Dr. John explains the fascinating geographical and archaeological background of each event before connecting it to our own times and lives. The author’s understanding provides tremendous depth to the stories, and readers will find that not only is their mind instructed but their heart is fed. This book models well the spiritual value of knowing the context of the biblical world.”

Gordon Govier (Editor of ARTIFAX and Host of The Book & The Spade) added: “The Bible is a thick book but still it gives us limited information. In John’s Gospel he writes, “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” But there is a source of new facts about the Bible and the biblical world: archaeology. In Connecting the Dots Between the Bible and the Land of Israel John DeLancey draws on recent discoveries, as well as biblical geography, to give us new context and new perspective on people, places, and events of Scripture. The result is a better understanding of the biblical world and how Scripture relates to our lives.”

The retail price for this 475 page book is $32.95. A discounted introductory rate will be offered ($25.00) on our web site as well as a digital Kindle version (Price TBA) via Amazon. I’ll keep you posted when the book becomes available in print form and in digital form on Amazon.

Capernaum Sketch
Shepherds Fields Bethlehem Sketch
Sea of Galilee Sketch
Judean Desert Wadi Qelt Sketch

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