The Digital Pilgrim
by Matthew Adler

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The Digital Pilgrim was written to speak to the reality of God and His work in the world. The Bible is not a book of legends and fairy tales; it describes real people and real events. Archeological discoveries continue to confirm the overall trustworthiness and reliability of Biblical accounts.

The Digital Pilgrim highlights sites described in both the Old and New Testament. The book covers a wide survey of Biblical topics: it references books like the Gospels and Acts, but also includes events from Samuel and Genesis. It has stories from the lives of Jesus, Paul, Moses, Joshua, the disciples, and more.

In a time far removed from the events of the Bible,
The Digital Pilgrim seeks to reaffirm the reality of its story. The pictures and Scripture provide the main narrative, while thorough captions explain the significance of the photos. The book's purpose is to be a photographic exploration of the Bible, and it is meant to be a good compliment to commentaries, historical studies, and Scripture itself.

About the Author

Matthew Adler holds a degree from Duke University and has 13 years of international photography experience. His travels have taken him to 45 states, 11 countries, and 4 continents. He currently resides in Durham, North Carolina with his wife Natalie and two psychotic dogs.

A Note on the "Digital Pilgrim" Project

Some time ago, I was blessed to spend time in the Middle East touring sites of importance to the Jewish and Christian faiths. I found that as I spent time learning and seeing the geography of the Bible, the way that I read Scripture changed. Before, large chunks of the text describing places and people groups had been nearly meaningless. I couldn’t picture what the temple complex might have looked like or what challenges the Israelites would have faced in the wilderness. With my experience came a context for the Scriptures that I had lacked before.

While traveling near the Sea of Galilee, I first heard of an artist named David Roberts. Over 150 years ago, he traveled to the same sites, drawing as he went. The books of lithographs that resulted from his trip were wildly popular in England in a time where knowledge of the Middle East was rare and any trip there was practically impossible for a typical layman. Using modern technology, I thought I could provide a similar resource to others who have not yet or might not be able to see the Holy Land for themselves.

I hope that
The Digital Pilgrim can change the way that you look at Scripture in the way that visiting Israel changed me. The Bible’s events happened so long ago in a place so far away that there is a danger we will lose touch with its reality. To those who think that the Bible is a book of make-believe stories in make-believe places, I hope the book can show you that the places, at least, are very real. I would be delighted if it could cause you to reconsider the validity of the stories as well — that God is real, His Son is real, and His death and resurrection are not fables, fairy tales, or dry theology. They are history, just like William the Conqueror, John Calvin, Genghis Khan, FDR, and whatever you had for lunch last Friday. And if His story is true, and it happened in the same world as you and I live in, then His claims to love us, save us, and rule us are just as true and just as relevant to our day-to-day lives as anything in the newspapers.