A Gold Select Journey
The Holy Land, the Holy People
15-25 March 2019
11 Days, $3,199 from Washington, D.C.
A Survey of the Bible
including Israel and the West Bank
1st Baptist Church of Winchester
The Rev. Dr. Kristin Whitesides
Dr. John Lewis
4 Day Elective
The Wonders of Jordan & Petra
Returning 29 March 2019
This pilgrimage will acquaint participants with the geographical and cultural settings of the New Testament. The pilgrimage is designed to introduce particpants to the state of the art of biblical studies in the Holy Land. The learning process will be contextual and experiential. We will endeavor especially to examine the moral dimensions of biblical learning and teaching. We are particularly interested in understanding how biblical studies and the biblical faith relates to the context of the Holy Land.
Please see the attached syllabus for more details.
Day 1 Depart Washington, D.C..
Day 2 Arrive Tel Aviv, transfer to Bethlehem, touring as time permits, overnight in Taybeh.
Day 3 walking tour of old Bethlehem, Church
of the Nativity (Lk 2; Mt 2),
Herodian, Hebron, Harem Ibrahim Cave of Macphelah/Tombs of the Matriarchs and Patriarchs (Gen. 23). Overnight in Bethlehem
Day 4 Israel Museum, Shrine of the Book, 2nd Temple Model, Mt. of Olives overview and orientation to Jerusalem, Palm Sunday walk, Dominus Flevit, Garden of Gethsemane. Overnight in Bethlehem
Day 5 Jericho, Tel es Sultan, (Joshua 5-7, Judges 1: 27- 36), Baptismal site— Qasr al Yehud (Mk. 1:1-12; Mt. 3: 1-4:17; Lk. 3: 1-22; 4: 1-13; Jn. 1: 1-42, (Matt 2: 23, Luke 1: 26-38). Overnight in Jericho
Day 6 optional hike to Masada in time for sunrise OR ascend by cable car, The Dead Sea, Ein Gedi (1 Samuel 24, Song of Solomon 1:14), Qumran. Overnight in Jerusalem/Jericho
Day 7 8:00 AM Harem esh Sharif/ Temple Mount, Old City walking tour including St. Ann’s Church, Via Dolorosa, Lithostratos, the Damascus Gate, Solomon's Quarries, Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Mt. 27-28; John 20), the Garden Tomb
Overnight in Jerusalem
Day 8 the Jewish Quarter, the Western Wall, Southern Wall Excavations, City of David/Hezekiah's tunnel, PM forum: TBD. Overnight in Jerusalem/Galilee
Day 9 Caesarea Maritima (Acts 10, 25), Megiddo (1 Kings 21), , Jezreel Valley, Nazareth (Lk. 4: 16-30), The Basilica of the Annunciation (Luke 1: 26-38), Sisters of Nazareth Convent (koch tombs). Overnight in Galilee
Day 10 Capernaum, Tabgha, Church of St. Peter’s Primacy (John 21), Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves (Mk. 6:30-44), boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, Mt. of the Beatitudes (Luke 13: 10-21, Matt 5- 7, 11: 20- 24, Mark 4- 6, John 21), Jordan River Valley, Beit Shean--time permitting (1 Samuel 31). Overnight in Galilee
Day 11 Transfer to Airport, departure and return to USA.