A Gold Select Journey

From Dan to Beersheba

23 January - 3 February 2018
$3,796 from Atlanta

A 12 Day Survey of the Bible
including Israel and the West Bank

2 Day Elective
The Wonders of Jordan & Petra
Returning 5 February 2018

Sponsored by
The Rev. Kim Goddard
Wytheville District

This pilgrimage will acquaint participants with the geographical and cultural settings of the Bible 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
(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 Taybeh, touring as time permits, overnight in Taybeh.

Day 3 1st Century House/House of the Parables, 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, (Matt 2: 23, Luke 1: 26- 38, Qumran, Overnight Taybeh

Day 4 Nablus, Jacob's Well, Samaria/Sebastia, Nazareth, Basilica of the Annunciation, Orthodox Church of the Annunciation (Matt 2: 23, Luke 1: 26- 38, 4:16- 30), Sisters of Nazareth Convent (1st Century koch tombs)--subject to confirmation, Mt Precipice, Overnight in Galilee

Day 5 Tel Dan, Banyas (Caesarea Philippi), Migdal Shams, the Golan, Overnight in Galilee

Day 6 boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Tabgha, Primacy of Peter (John 21), Mt. of the Beatitudes (Luke 13: 10-21, Matt 5- 7, 11: 20- 24, Mark 4- 6, John 21), Mt. Arbel, Wadi Hammam, Magdala, Overnight in Galilee

Day 7 Sepphoris, Megiddo (Rev. 16:16), Mishmar ha Emek, Caesarea Maritima (Acts:10) overnight in Bethlehem

Day 8 Mt. of Olives, orientation to Jerusalem, Palm Sunday walk, Garden of Gethsemane, Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, Bethlehem, Old City walking tour, Church of the Nativity (Lk 2; Mt 2), Herodion overnight in Bethlehem

Day 9 Hebron, Cave of Macphelah, Beer-sheba, Tent of Nations PM Forum: Israeli settler overnight in Bethlehem

Day 10 Old City walking tour, Harem esh Sherif/Temple Mount, Western Wall, Via Dolorosa, Lithostratos, St. Anne's Church, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Garden Tomb overnight in Bethlehem

Day 11 explore on your own or join the optional excursion to Qumran, the Dead Sea & Masada (additional expense, $135, based on 7 enrolled) overnight in Jerusalem

Day 12 Transfer to Airport, departure and return to USA.

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