The Holy Land, The Holy People
11 - 21 February 2019
$3,578 From Gateway City
4 Day Elective
The Wonders of Jordan
Returning 25 February 2019
A Contemporary Studies pilgrimage
in Israel and the West Bank
St. John's United Methodist Church
Pastor Bradley Bennett
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. 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 Tel Aviv, oritentations and introductions, overnight in Taybeh.
Day 3 1st Century House/House of the Parables (Matt 2: 23, Luke 1: 26- 38), 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), Jordan River Valley. Overnight Galilee
Day 4 boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Tabgha, Church of St. Peter’s Primacy (John 21), Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves (Mk. 6:30-44), Mt. of the Beatitudes (Luke 13: 10-21, Matt 5- 7, 11: 20- 24, Mark 4- 6, John 21). Overnight Galilee
Day 5 Nazareth (Lk. 4: 16-30), The Basilica
of the Annunciation, Sisters of Nazareth Convent (koch tombs), Sepphoris ,
Jezreel Valley (1 Kings 21), , Kibbutz Mishmar ha Emek, Megiddo (time permitting),
Caesarea Maritima (Acts 10:1-33).
overnight in Bethlehem.
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 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), Herod’s Palace/David’s Tower. Overnight Bethlehem
Day 9 Wadi Qelt overview, Masada, Qumran, The Dead Sea. Overnight Bethlehem
Day 10 Hezekiah’s Tunnel (weather permitting—dry tunnel alternative), Gihon Spring, pool of Siloam (John 9:1-12), Western Wall Heritage Foundation (tunnel), Southern Wall Excavation/Davidson Museum. Overnight Bethlehem
Day 11 Transfer to Tel Aviv, return to the USA.Continue reading about the 4-day elective