In this episode of Hebrew Voices, Biblical Sites with an LA Screenwriter, Nehemia Gordon speaks with Joel Haber, a licensed tour guide in Israel, whose tours are so enjoyable that he earned the nickname “Fun Joel.” Joel shares powerful examples of how reading the Bible, in the land of the Bible, brings the verses to life — sharing details from the binding of Isaac, the Valley of Elah, the routing at Mt. Hermon, and the broad wall in Jerusalem. Joel explains in-depth how the roads, the riverbeds, and the typography all help to clarify events, as well as how matching historical and archaeological records with biblical accounts proves the Bible is clearly not a made up book.
Joel’s contention that standing in the land yields spiritual understanding, is underscored when he shares about standing in the ancient city of Shiloh—envisioning its massive city walls that surrounded the Tabernacle—and comparing that experience to standing in Jerusalem and turning 360 degrees to witness, in one breath, the mountains that enfold her.
.קוּם הִתְהַלֵּךְ בָּאָרֶץ, לְאָרְכָּהּ וּלְרָחְבָּהּ; כִּי לְךָ, אֶתְּנֶנָּה
Arise, walk through the land, the length, and the width; for to you, will I give it.
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Joel Haber grew up in New Jersey, lived many years in New York City, moved from there to L.A., and then moved to Israel in March 2009. He spent most of his adult life in the film business, primarily as a screenwriter. He brings his love of narrative and story to his work as a Tour Guide, and his lively personality has earned him the nickname “Fun Joel.” Fun Joel would love to share his passion for Israel with you by taking you on a tour.
- Genesis 22
- 1 Samuel 17:19
- Genesis 32:22-32
- Judges 13:25
- 1 Samuel 27:1
- 2 Samuel 15:19
- Genesis 14:14-15
- Isaiah 22:10
- Nehemiah 3:8
- Nehemiah 12:38
- Jeremiah 38
- Psalms 125:2