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A Catholic Guide to the Holy Land
Rev. Charles Samson, SSL

“What better way is there to become configured to Christ than by following in His footsteps? A pilgrimage to the Holy Land allows one to follow, quite literally, in Our Lord’s footsteps, to discover His homeland and the cultural, linguistic, historical, and topographical landscapes that reveal so much about Jesus Christ.

Come and See: A Catholic Guide to the Holy Land accompanies pilgrims through holy sites in Galilee, the Dead Sea, and Jerusalem. Contemplate the mysteries of Our Lord’s earthly life and ministry with appropriate biblical texts and the testimonies of both Roman historians and early Christian witnesses and writers.

“Fr. Charles K. Samson’s Come and See will be a welcome companion for all who journey to the Holy Land to better know and love Christ.”  [From the cover]

Endorsements in the book

“Fr. Charles Samson has rendered a great service to priests and seminarians, and to all the faithful, by preparing this pilgrim guide, marked both by his deep faith, his priestly character, and his scholarly expertise.”
—Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, Archbishop Emeritus of St. Louis

“Fr. Samson’s love for the priesthood and for the person of Jesus Christ shines through in this guidebook. His insights are deep and enlightening, and his knowledge of the Holy Land is first-hand and well-studied. He shares these in a manner which reads like a pleasant and focused conversation. Every seminarian making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land will want to be a part of this conversation; it will, in a unique way, bring the seminarian into contact with the reality of our faith in Jesus, to whose heart we priests are called to conform our own in our prayer and ministry.”
—Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis

“St. Jerome, the greatest Bible scholar of the early Church, dared to call the Holy Land ‘the Fifth Gospel.’ Fr. Samson has produced an indispensable commentary on that Gospel—theologically rich, historically grounded, archeologically informed, yet practical in countless ways. A rock-solid and reliable guide. If you’re heading for the Holy Land, don’t leave home without it.”
—Scott Hahn, Bestselling Author and Speaker

“Today, it is not uncommon for a seminary to include the privilege of partaking in a pilgrimage to the Holy Land as an integral part of its priestly formation. Fr. Samson’s Holy Land Guide provides the perfect balance of scriptural, spiritual, and scholarly knowledge that allows a seminarian (or any prayerful pilgrim) to contemplate each Holy Land site.”
—Very Reverend James Mason, Rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, St. Louis



How to Use This Guide

I. Galilee

  1. Nazareth
  2. The sea of Galilee
  3. Capernaum
  4. Tabgha
  5. Mount Tabor

II. The Dead Sea

  1. Jericho
  2. Qumran
  3. Jordan River Baptism Site

III. Jerusalem

  1. Walls and Gates
  2. Mount of Olives
  3. Mount Zion
  4. Good Friday and Easter Sunday
  5. St. Anne / Bethesda
  6. Bethlehem
  7. Ein Karem

Closing Prayer


Emmaus Road, ©2017, Soft cover, 284 pages