The Holy Land, the Holy People
An 11 Day Gold Select Journey
8-18 February 2019
$3,375 from New York city
(projected to be San Francisco)
A Contemporary Studies Program
including Jordan, Israel and the West Bank
Sanlando United Methodist Church
The Rev. Jonathan Tarman
This pilgrimage will acquaint participants with the geographical, historical, and cultural settings of the Old and New Testaments. It will awaken enthusiasm for study of the Bible and relate historical studies to contemporary dynamics in Jordan, Israel and the West Bank. It will acquaint travelers with the nature of Christianity in the Holy Land with particular interest in exploring the role of the Church in peacemaking. 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.
Please see the attached syllabus for more details.
Day 1 Depart U.S.A.
Day 2 Arrive Tel Aviv, overnight in Taybeh.
Day 3 1st Century House/House of the Parables,
Jericho, Tel es Sultan, view 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, (Matt 2: 23, Luke 1: 26- 38,
PM Forum: Palestinian speaker. Overnight in Taybeh.
Day 4 Nablus/Shechem (John 4), Jezreel Valley, (1 Kings 21, John 4: 46-54), Nazareth Village (Lk. 4: 16-30), The Basilica of the Annunciation, Sisters of Nazareth Convent (koch tombs). Overnight in Galilee.
Day 5 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, Wadi Hammam, Mt. of the Beatitudes
(Luke 13: 10-21, Matt 5- 7, 11: 20- 24, Mark 4- 6, John 21), PM forum: Israeli
speaker. Overnight in Galilee.
Day 6 Beit Shean (time permitting), Jordan River Valley, Mt. of Olives overview and orientation to Jerusalem, Dominus Flevit, Garden of Gethsemane, PM forum: Israeli speaker. Overnight in Jerusalem (the Old City).
Day 7 Harem esh Sharif/ Temple Mount, Old city walking tour including the Western Wall, St. Ann’s Church, Via Dolorosa with stops at Stations of the Cross, Lithostratos, Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Mt. 27-28; John 20), Solomon’s Quarries, Damascus Gate, PM forum: Israeli speaker, Overnight in Jerusalem (the Old City).
Day 8: Israel Museum, Shrine of the Book, 2nd Temple Model, Yad Vashem (holocaust memorial). Overnight in Bethlehem.
Day 9 Old City walking tour, Church of the Nativity (Lk 2; Mt 2), Herodion, Shepherd’s Fields, Solomon’s Pools (time permitting), the Tent of Nations. Overnight in Bethlehem.
Day 10 Wadi Qelt overview, Masada, Qumran, The Dead Sea. Overnight in Bethlehem.
Day 11 return to the USA or join the 4 day elective and continue to Jordan.
4 Day elective: The Wonders of Jordan and Petra
Day 11 Hebron (Gen 13, 23), Cave of Macphelah/Ibrahimi
Negev, Ein Avdat, Maktesh Ramon, Araba crossing into Jordan. Overnight in Aqaba.
Day 12 Wadi Rum jeep safari (optional, $55), Al Beidha (Neolithic settlement), Siq al Barid (Little Petra). Overnight in Wadi Musa.
Day 13 Full day exploration of Petra, Overnight in Wadi Musa.
Day 14 Shoback Castle (overview), Madaba,
overnight in Amman or Bethlehem
Day 15 return to the U.S.A.