Eight Best Books Israel
Here is our list of recommended books on everything to do with Israel: Travel, Archaeology, Technology, Literature and more

It is hard to know what to read, when there are hundreds of books on Israel covering every topic imaginable! Books on Israel travel, history, art, Christianity, archaeology and so on, not to mention the prickly topic of Israel wars and conflict with its neighbors. 

So to help you choose the right books for you, here is our recommended list of the top seven books on everything to do with Israel.

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1. Best Israel Guidebook

the Lonely Planet Guide on Israel from 2018

We usually don't like 'guide books', but this up-to-date Lonely Planet Guide Book on Israel released in July 2018 is the one to get if you must.

It is a highly readable guide book for all, but its especially useful for tourists who want to travel economically for a longer time period.

Its style is practical and down-to-earth and they have their ears to the ground with the latest hotels and hostels, restaurants, bars and places to travel all over Israel. There are lots of maps too.

Read more about it here.

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2. Best Israel Literature

David Grossman's classic To the End of the Land

If you want to read the ultimate Israeli novel, this is the one. David Grossman is one of Israel's top novelists along with A.B. Yehoshua, Amos Oz and Meir Shalev.

This  extraordinary and haunting book is about Ora, her husband, her ex-lover and her son. When her son returns to active army duty in Israel, Ora goes on a long hike in the pastoral landscapes of the Galilee to magically ward off her son's possible death.

The book delves deeply into love and longing and the wounds of war on Israeli society. The book is especially poignant, since shortly after the book was published, the author lost his son in one of Israel's wars. The book is a true work of art.

Read more about it here.

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3. Best Israel Literature - Amos Oz

No anthology of the best books in Israel is complete without including a novel by Amoz Oz, the most translated Israeli author in the world. 

Judas, the last novel written by Israeli author Amos Oz before his death

Sadly, Amos Oz passed away recently in December 2018. Besides being a prolific author, he was also an extremely decent, kind gentleman. 

Amos is perhaps most known for his autobiographical non-fictional work that was made into a movie, A Tale of Love and Darkness, based on his own life.

He wrote so many incredible books novels in more than 50 years, so I choose to recommend Judas, the last book he wrote in 2016 two years before he died, translated by Nicholas de Lange. Beautifully written, it is a deeply layered book, about  Jew writing his thesis about Judas. 

Read more about it here.

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4. Best Israel Archaeology Book

Israel archaeology - chronicles of the land archaeology in the israel museum

This stunning book is based on the permanent archaeology exhibition at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. 

It covers the many civilizations and archaeology of Israel, from Prehistoric periods up to the Turkish Ottoman rule until World War I. All the archaeology depicted in the book, be it ancient Egyptian, Canaanite, Israelite, Philistine, Phoencian, Crusader and Islamic comes from archaeological digs here in Israel.

This  pictorial read is highly recommended, and its especially useful just before visiting the amazing Israel Museum, or just after.

Read more about it here.

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5. Best Israel Technology Book

The Jewish Kabbalistic concept of 'tikkun olam' means repairing the world, similar to the more well known phrase from Isaiah that Jews should be 'a light unto the nations.' 

Avi Jorisch’s book has a fascinating premise. He correlates these concpets to the amazing innovation in Israel. 

The book covers fifteen examples of how Israel innovation makes the world a better place. These include gratifying Arab-Israel examples as well, such as Alpha Omega, an Arabic hi-tech company developing brain stem stimulation devices to treat epilepsy.

Avi Jorisch provides a truly inspiring perspective on the contribution of Israeli technology to the world in its first 70 years of existence.

Read more about it here.

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6. Best Christian Holy Land Book

the best book on the Holy Land for Christian travelers

This is one of the best Israel travel guides for Christian tourists. Truthfully, it's a great read even if you aren't planning a trip to Israel.

It is well organized with amazing photos, maps and timelines! It also makes for a great companion to the Bible as you travel and really brings the Bible to life.

And it includes all the practical information you need to plan your trip well.

Read more about it here.

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7. Best Israel History Book

Daniel Gordis's book Israel A Concise History of a Nation Reborn

There are hundreds of books on the history of Israel. We recommend this award-winning book, Israel a Concise History of a Nation Reborn as one of the best.

Its a highly readable and inspiring history of modern Israel.

It starts by exploring the beginnings of Zionism as a response to the persecution of Jews for millenium, and the many pro and con arguments to the movement. Even when dealing with the Arab- Israeli conflict, Daniel Gordin manages to provide a balanced and fair perspective.

Read more about it here.

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8. Best Israel Coffee Table Book

Passage to Israel a pictorial coffee table book on Israel

If you are looking for the classic coffee table book with amazing pictures of Israel, this is the book to buy...

The photos are incredible, covering not just the main cities and landscapes of Israel, but the people as well.

It is a book to enjoy browsing, over and over.

Read more about it here.

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