Pathways Through Jerusalem
Recently, a family member gave me 3 unopened copies of Pathways through Jerusalem. They were extras they’d accidentally put in the wrong box during a move. Years out of print, I still get the occasional inquiry to see if I have “one laying around.” It was that popular.
Now I have three!
Rather than do a full description of Pathways, I’m simply going to mention a few things and leave the rest to Pathways’ famous reputation. If you’re not familiar with it, order with confidence, as long as you can run it on Windows XP (…it won’t run on Vista, 7 or 8 or 10). We have never had a copy of Pathways returned.
Be sure to print our free outline to Pathways.
Pathways through Jerusalem was and is phenomenal
It is widely regarded as the finest religious software ever made, with rich multimedia, scholarly detail, and a humorous script.
Pathways features five historical guides and four modern guides to Jerusalem’s rich religious, social and military history:
- King David
- King Herod
- Queen Helena (Byzantine period — Constantine’s mother)
- Dirk the Crusader
- Suleiman the Magnificent (Islamic period)
- A Modern Jew who tells about the founding of the state of Israel.
- A Christian who tours you to the places Jesus went in Jerusalem.
- A Palestinian Muslim
- And a Secular tour bus operator.
They appear as live actors on the screen, set against the Jerusalem location they are describing. Their portrayals are full of wit, scholarly insights, interesting historical footnotes and a surprising amount of humor. They each appear onscreen at-length.
Their presentations feature, video. animation, maps, photos, and lots of background info.
The five historical guides:
King David (pictured right) is one of the most popular tours. He is both insightful AND funny. One of my favorite parts is when he pulls out his wallet to show you his children. His tour of Solomon’s Temple is the favorite portion of Pathways for most Sunday Schools.
King Herod’s tour of Jerusalem and his animated display of how he rebuilt the Temple is led by a very funny actor who portrays Herod as a megalomaniac with a Brooklyn accent. His “desire to be appreciated” is great lesson fodder.
Queen Helena leads you on an expectedly regal tour of the many churches she built, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Dirk the Crusader is a bloke who just got back from a Crusade. Dirk gives an entertaining cockney overview of the Crusades which in reality were not so entertaining. His tour sheds light on the historic animosities which have plagued Muslim, Jewish and Christian relations for centuries.
The Four Contemporary Guides:
Each modern guide describes the sites in Jerusalem that are holy to their particular faith. Azziz’ Muslim tour of Jerusalem delves into the religious belief of Islam. It’s balanced and well done.
Pathways through Jerusalem works on XP.
It will not work on Windows Vista, Windows 7, 8 or 10 (which is why it is out of print).
Tech Note: Remember to install the version of Quicktime 2.0 found on the CD, or the menus and videos won’t work.
Our 35 page guide to Pathways Through Jerusalem CD once sold for $14. It outlined in detail this fabulously deep program and has teaching comments, articles and worksheets in it.
I’ve turned that guide into four FREE downloadable pdfs: