ISRAEL: April 20 - May 1, 2020 "The Life and Land of Jesus" with Grace Bible Church (Program #200401)
Day One: Monday, April 20, 2020
Depart Orlando (MCO) or Miami (MIA) for Tel Aviv, Israel. **Flights are still to be determined at this time. Overnight: In flight.
Day Two: Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Arrive Ben Gurion Airport. Transfer to the hotel, check in; dinner and a good night’s rest! Overnight: Tel Aviv area. B,D
Day Three: Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Four Conflicts in the Background of the Gospels: Today’s study focuses on four key conflicts in the background of Jesus' public ministry. Sites: Caesarea Maritima, Mt. Carmel, drive through Valley of Armageddon, Zippori (Roman villa with Mona Lisa of Galilee), Nazareth (cave homes). Overnight: Nazareth. B,D
Day Four: Thursday, April 23, 2020
Characteristics of the Disciples: Using the four gospel accounts, we will investigate the hints on the background, education and theology of the disciples. Sites: Mt. Arbel, Magdala, Mt. Beatitudes, Capernaum, boat ride, Ancient Boat exhibit. Overnight: By the Sea of Galilee. B,D
Day Five: Friday, April 24, 2020
Private Teachings for the Disciples: Based on the five sermons in the Gospel according to Matthew, our focus will be on the common teaching style of the ancient rabbis. Sites: Dan Nature Reserve and Tel Dan with the Canaanite (Abrahamic) city gate, region of Caesarea, overlook into Syria, Katzrin (Talmudic Village). Overnight: By the Sea of Galilee. B,D
Day Six: Saturday, April 25, 2020
The Perean Ministry of Jesus: We will discuss the issues of the Perean Ministry, with particular examination of Luke 10-19, the "special section" of this account. Sites: Beth Shean (major excavations of a Decapolis city), Jordan Valley, Qumran (Dead Sea scrolls), “swim” in the Dead Sea from the comfort of our beach-front hotel. (Anticipate arrival at the hotel by 3:00p.) Overnight: Dead Sea spa hotel. B,D
Day Seven: Sunday, April 26, 2020
Hebrew Themes of the Wilderness: Ascend Masada via cable car and learn of the zealots’ final stand against Rome. Traveling north along the Dead Sea, topics for discussion include David and Saul at Ein Gedi; the desert storm of Habakkuk; the salt covenant; and various Biblical wilderness themes … and then “Up to Jerusalem”. Sites: Masada, Ein Gedi, Jericho. Overnight: Jerusalem. B,D
Day Eight: Monday, April 27, 2020
Setting of the Birth Narrative: After an overlook of the city of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives we will visit the area of Jesus' birth. Sites: Mt. of Olives Bethlehem, Shepherd's Fields, Church of the Nativity (conditions permitting). Overnight: Jerusalem. B,D
Day Nine: Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Jewish Questionings and Roman Trials of Jesus: The arrest, trial and conviction of Jesus will be our subject as we journey through the "salvation geography" of Jerusalem in the Gospel According to John. Sites: Gethsemane, House of Caiaphas, Pools of Bethesda, Via Dolorosa, Holy Sepulchre, Garden Tomb (with communion). Overnight: Jerusalem. B,D
Day Ten: Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Messianic Expectations and Disappointments: With a specific view of the history of "other Messiahs" we will discuss the expectations for the Messiah, and their relationship to the record of the preaching of Jesus. Sites: Temple Mount, Western (Wailing) Wall plaza, South Wall excavations (Davidson Center).
A Living People. Jewish Quarter, Yad Vashem (Holocaust Memorial). Overnight: Jerusalem. B.D
Day Eleven: Thursday, April 30, 2020
Day at leisure allows time to shop, explore or relax and take in the local culture. B,D
Day Twelve: Friday, May 1, 2020
Flights arriving back in the USA later the same day.
Every effort will be made to complete the full itinerary. Yet, because conditions are often unpredictable in travel, we reserve the right to make changes during the tour.