National Geographic has just published a special issue on The Holy Land, with a lead off essay by yours truly, entitled "In the Beginning." You can read it at this link, although to see the spectacular photographs you will have to buy the hard copy at a newstand near you.
No worries, though, I haven't fallen under the spell of religion. The "beginning" refers to the migrations of early humans who traversed the Levant on their way out of Africa.
On the origin of religion. While we're on the subject, my Science colleague Elizabeth Culotta has an essay in the current issue about how religion may have gotten started and what it might mean in evolutionary terms. She blogs about it here, and provides a link to the original article. (Update: She blogs about it again! Good stuff.)