A Gold Select Journey

The Holy Land, the Holy People

The Story
The Rev. Eric Huffman

14-23 January 2020
$3,452 from Houston
(other gateways are available, please call for more information)

A Survey of the Bible
including Israel and the West Bank
with contemporary studies

2 Day Elective
Explore Jerusalem
Returning 25 January 2020

This pilgrimage will acquaint participants with the geographical and cultural settings of the Bible and relate historical studies to contemporary dynamics in Israeland Palestine. The pilgrimage will include morning and evening fora on historical and contemporary themes. You will visit church supported mission sites. 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 click on the links to see the daily itinerary and registration details.

Registration Form
(Just click the link to open this pdf registration form. To register, you can print a copy, fill it out, sign it and mail it to S.B.S. along with your deposit)

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

Day 1 Houston (other gateway cities are available).

Day 2 Arrive Tel Aviv, transfer to Taybeh, touring as time permits, Overnight in Taybeh.

Day 3 1st Century House/House of the Parables (Matt 2: 23, Lk 2), Nablus/Shechem (Gen 33:18-19, John 4: 46-54), Jezreel Valley, Kibbutz Mishmar ha Emek, Megiddo, (1 Kings 21), Overnight in Galilee.

Day 4 Nazareth (Lk. 4: 16-30), The Basilica of the Annunciation, Sisters of Nazareth Convent (koch tombs-subject to confirmation), Sepphoris, (Wadi Hammam overview—time permitting), Overnight in Galilee

Day 5 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), Wadi Hammam footpath, Jordan River Valley, Overnight in Jericho

Day 6 Masada, Qumran, The Dead Sea, New Testament Jericho/Herod's Winter Palace, (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), Wadi Qelt
Overnight in Bethlehem

Day 7 Bethlehem, Old City walking tour, Church of the
Nativity (Lk 2; Mt 2), Herodion, Shepherd’s Fields, Palestinian refugee camp, Israeli settlement, Solomon’s Pools (time permitting), Overnight in Bethlehem

Day 8 Mt. of Olives overview and orientation to Jerusalem, Dominus Flevit, Garden of Gethsemane, Israel Museum, Shrine of the Book, 2nd Temple Model, Overnight in Bethlehem

Day 9 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 in Bethlehem

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

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