The Holy Land Gold Standard Journey

2-11 May 2017
$2,997 From Chicago

A Biblical Survey Program including Israel, the West Bank and Jordan

4 Day Elective
The Wonders of Jordan & Petra
Returning 16 May 2017

Sponsored by
1st United Methodist Church

This pilgrimage will acquaint participants with the geographical and cultural settings of the New Testament and relate historical studies to contemporary dynamics in Israel, Palestine and Jordan. The pilgrimage will include morning and evening fora on historical and contemporary themes and visits with indigenous people. You will learn about the work of the United Methodist Church in the Holy Land. You will visit church supported mission sites. You will meet and have conversations with Israelis and Palestinians, Christians, Muslims and Jews who are involved in various types of peacemaking work. 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.

Registration Form
A biblical survey pilgrimage in Jordan, Israel, Palestine
(Just click the link to open this pdf registration form , print a copy,
fill it out, sign it and mail it to S.B.S.)

Daily Itinerary
(tentative and subject to local circumstances):
individual preferences will be accomodated when possible

Day 1 Depart Chicago.

Day 2 Arrive Tel Aviv, transfer to Galilee, touring as time permits

Day 3 Nazareth, the Basilica of the Annunciation, Sisters of Nazareth Convent (Lk 1: 26-38; 4:16-30, Mt. 2:23), Sepphoris or Caesarea Maritima (Acts 8-10, 23-26)

(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, Qumran, Overnight Taybeh

Day 4 boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Tabgha, Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves (Mk. 6:30-44), Church of St. Peter's Primacy (John 21), Mt. of the Beatitudes (Luke 13: 10-21, Matt 5- 7, 11: 20- 24, Mark 4- 6, John 21), Jordan River Valley

Day 5 Jericho, Tel es Sultan, Ein 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), Qumran

Day 6 Bethlehem, Old City walking tour, Church of the Nativity (Lk 2; Mt 2), Herodion, Shepherd’s Fields, Solomon’s Pools (time permitting), Overnight Bethlehem

Day 7 Jerusalem, Mt. of Olives overview and orientation to Jerusalem, Dominus Flevit, Garden of Gethsemane, Israel Museum, Shrine of the Book, 2nd Temple Model, Overnight Bethlehem

Day 8 Old city walking tour including the Western Wall, Temple Mount/Harem esh Sharif, St. Ann's Church, Via Dolorosa, Lithostratos, Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Mt. 27-28; John 20), free time at your leisure, optional visit to the so-called Garden Tomb, Overnight Bethlehem

Day 9 Free Day or Optional Touring-The Judean Wilderness Optional Field trip ($125 p/p based on 10 enrolled): Wadi Qelt overview, Masada, The Dead Sea, Overnight Bethlehem

Day 10 Transfer to Airport, departure and return to USA.

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