The Middle East
Situated at the crossroads of the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia and Europe, this is the cradle of the biblical faith. Civilizations across the millennia met, mixed and married here. The three Abrahamic faiths were born here. The mountains, shores and sands of the Middle East are among the world's richest fields for historical, cultural and biblical studies. Its dynamic contemporary environment makes it an exciting theatre for learning to apply the biblical faith today.
The countries of Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt hold astounding archaeological treasures and are our gateway to understanding the biblical texts and the biblical faith. Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jericho, Galilee, The King's Highway, the Via Maris, Sinai, Petra, the Judean Desert, the mountains of Samaria, Cairo, Damascus--these places are the world's best classrooms for learning about the cultural, historical, political and moral backgrounds of the Bible.
The Middle East is a blend of ancient and modern cultures, east and west. It is a place of striking geographical beauty and natural fascination, replete with inspiring mountains, awesome deserts, pristine shores. It is a place where each bend in the road brings new inspiration.