This revised and updated edition of the classic is a substantial, compilation of 400 articles by 205 archaeologists on excavations and explorations around the world. The New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land (5 vols.) is richly illustrated with more than 2000 maps, plans, charts, drawings and 100 pages on ancient Churches and Monasteries. Some of the sites are well known to laypeople (e.g., Masada, Petra), but many are familiar only to specialists. What makes this list of archaeological sites an essential key to an accurate understanding of the origins and developments of the great western religions. Church and synagogue libraries, large public libraries, and academic libraries will find this an invaluable reference.