Survey of the Bible
8-18 March 2018
$3,963 from Los Angeles
A Contemporary Studies Program
including Jordan, Israel and the West Bank
Claremont School of Theology
The Rev. Dr. Thomas E. Phillips
This study pilgrimage will acquaint participants with the geographical and cultural settings of the Old and New Testaments and relate historical studies to contemporary dynamics in Jordan, Israel and the West Bank. The pilgrimage will include morning and evening fora on historical and contemporary themes and visits with indigenous people. This 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 U.S.A.
Day 2 Arrive Amman, overnight in Amman.
Day 3 Jerash (Mark 7:31), driving tour of Amman, Mt. Nebo (Dt. 34) Overnight in Amman.
Day 4 The King's Highway (Nm. 20:17; 21:22), Madaba, Mt. Nebo, the Desert Highway, Shoback overview, Ein Musa, Siq al Barid, al Beidha (Little Petra). Overnight in Wadi Musa
Day 5 full day experience in Petra, including the Siq, the Treasury, the theatre, the Cardo, plus hiking and exploring as you are able. Overnight in Wadi Musa.
Day 6 Desert Highway to Allenby Bridge, cross Jordan River, Qasr al Yehud (baptismal site, Mk 1:1-11, Mt 3:1-17, Lk 3:1-22), Jericho (Joshua 5-7, Mk 1: 12-13, Mt 4:1-11, Lk 4:1-13, 19:1-10). Overnight in Galilee.
Day 7 : boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Tabgha, (John 21), Mt. of the Beatitudes; Valley of Doves (Luke 13: 10-21, Matt 5- 7, 11: 20- 24, Mark 4- 6, John 21), Sepphoris, Nazareth, Basilica of the Annunciation Overnight in Galilee Day 8 Bethlehem, Old City walking tour, Church of the Nativity (Lk 2; Mt 2), refugee camp visit PM forum: TBA (Israeli or Palestinian speaker), overnight in Bethlehem.
Day 9 the Jordan Valley, Masada, The Dead Sea, Qumran Overnight in Bethlehem.
Day 10 Temple Mount/Harem esh Sharif (arrive at 6:45am, if possible), Old City walking tour, St. Ann's Church, Western Wall, Lithostratos, Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Mt. 27-28; John 20), the Mt. of Olives PM forum: TBD (Israeli speaker) Overnight Bethlehem
Day 11 return to the USA