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This Study Guide accompanies the video film, "Land and Word: A Biblical Journey with Stephen Langfur." It is designed to help viewers retain the massive amount of information contained in that film. It also contains an extensive, user-friendly chronology.
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Stephen Langfur was born in Far Rockaway, N.Y., in 1941. He attended Goddard College, Drew and Syracuse Universities. From the last he received a Ph.D. in Religion and Culture (1976). After a teaching stint at the University of Houston, he immigrated to Israel, where he has guided pilgrims and tourists for the last 18 years. Langfur is the author of Confession from a Jericho Jail (Grove-Weidenfeld, 1992). He contributes regularly to the Jerusalem bi-monthly, Challenge. He is presently at work on a novel.Review:
"Filmed on location in Israel, this 'biblical journey' captures the flavor of a tour developed by Stephen Langfur over the 15 years he has acted as a guide in Israel. According to him, the lay of the land is connected to the histories and theologies of the two faiths that developed here: the faith of Jesus, which is Judaism; and the faith in Jesus which developed out of Judaism. Langfur does an admirable job of providing historical and geographical context by using on-site photography, maps, charts,and art works to connect the viewer with the story behind the Good Book. This is a demanding film, requiring a basic understanding of biblical history and concepts and an interest in historical analysis (a quip about apocalyptic eschatology gets a laugh here). A study guide, synchronized with the tape, makes it particularly valuable for serious Christians who cannot visit the Holy Land or pilgrims who want to do more than take in the sights. -- Video Librarian, June 1999
"I consider this a marvelous series that I could use in church and in Christian college settings. It offers a well-woven story that blends Biblical events with the history, archaeology, geography, and culture of the Near East. It is well and beautifully illustrated using a variety of visual media that will keep the rapt attention of professional as well as novice Bible students. Dr. Langfur's personal enthusiasm for the subject and the land is infectious for the viewer - it adds effervescent personality to his professional style. It's impossible to see this series without being made more aware of the Jewishness of the Christian faith and, therefore, of its real identity." -- Gary Dusek, Professor of Old Testament, Westmont College
"This comprehensive review of history is a grand foundation, whatever a person's interpretation of the Bible may be. I loved the photography and actually seeing those vistas and ruins where the familiar Biblical characters lived. The overriding conclusion I am left with is the historical and abiding connection between Christians and Jews. What a defense against bigotry this could be." -- Jean Stapleton, Actress
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