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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – November 9, 2010 – Adam Hamilton, author of the best selling 24 Hours that Changed the World, is working with archaeologist Avner Goren to retrace the story of the annunciation and birth of Jesus, starting at Nazareth and then traveling through the hill country of Judea to Bethlehem. In Israel, Hamilton is filming an on-site study and developing material for an Advent 2011 project, a follow-up to 24 Hours.  Goren, known for his role in Bruce Feiler’s PBS Walking the Bible series in 2005, is an experienced Israel archaeologist.

Hamilton will spend nine days in the Holy Land with Goren and archaeologists from Bethlehem Bible College retracing the journey of Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem.  To capture what the journey was like, Hamilton and team will interview shepherds who still keep watch over flocks on the hillsides of Bethlehem and visit first century homes and ancient stretches of the Roman Road that Mary and Joseph likely walked.   The team’s trip will end with a three-day backpack hike of the "Jesus Trail" along the mountainside and lake shore in Galilee.

Adam Hamilton is senior pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, one of the fastest growing, most highly visible churches in the country. The Church Report  named Hamilton’s congregation the most influential mainline church in America, and PBS’s Religion and Ethics Newsweekly identified him as one of the top “Ten People to Watch.” Hamilton is the author of 24 Hours that Changed the World, Confronting the Controversies, Making Love Last a Lifetime, Unleashing the Word, Leading Beyond the WallsSelling Swimsuits in the Arctic, Christianity and World Religions, Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White, and When Christians Get It Wrong, all published by Abingdon Press.

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