ISRAEL: February 5 - 15, 2019 "The Life and Land of Jesus" with "Inspire" (Program #190201)



Seminar for Pastors and Bible Teachers

ISRAEL: February 5-15, 2019

$2399.00 (with air from JFK)

$1399.00 (Land only)

A Word of Introduction

There are many tours to Israel, and most of them offer excellent learning experiences. Our journey is unique because it was designed by a Pastor and Bible teacher for Pastors and Bible teachers. It is more than a tour – it is a traveling classroom for people in ministry. Our journey will be with an open Bible, learning to present the text more clearly by understanding the geography and culture behind the setting of the Bible stories. Our seminar is designed to “fill your toolbox to the brim” with sermon materials that will help you expose the Word’s truths more effectively and share the story of Jesus more clearly. Each day we will seek to address common questions we may encounter in teaching God’s Word to others.

Dr. Randall Smith with Pastors at a retreat discussing the Scriptures. This seminar was designed after more than thirty years of travel experience to Bible lands, including dozens of groups of clergy.

After our travel study seminar, you should be able to:

  • Explain the Gospel accounts in their simplest order.

  • Identify the particular need filled by each Gospel.

  • Recognize and separate the major elements of each Gospel account.

  • Discuss the basic manuscript evidence for each of the four Gospels.

  • Teach the Gospel texts with greater clarity and confidence.

Our Itinerary

Day One: Tuesday, February 5, 2019. Depart home airport for Israel. Overnight: In flight. 

Day Two: Wednesday, February 6, 2019. Arrive Ben Gurion airport (TLV), Israel. Be met by Christian Travel Study Program’s staff and transferred to our hotel on the Mediterranean coast for dinner and an evening’s rest.  Overnight: Tel Aviv (2 nights). D

Day Three: Thursday, February 7, 2019. Your mind needs to be alert for the wealth of information and experiences during the next nine days, so today is set aside for you to recover from jetlag. For those who must “do something”, a few suggestions will be made, but you should consider this a day of preparation for what is to come. Overnight: Tel Aviv. B,D

Day Four: Friday, February 8, 2019. Teaching the Bible in Its Physical and Cultural Setting: Introducing the land of the Bible today, we will set the narrative of the New Testament writings before the backdrop of the Roman world (in particular, considering the conflicts in the background of the Gospels). Unraveling the story of Jesus and presenting both the places and the evidence for the validity of Scriptures, we will journey through the hillsides associated with the early development of Jesus. Sites include: Caesarea Maritima, Mt. Carmel, Valley of Armageddon, Zippori, Nazareth (Basilica of Annunciation and excavations). Overnight: Nazareth (1 night). B,D

Questions we will address on day four:

  • What exactly made the coming of Jesus in the Roman period “in the fullness of time”?

  • Why was presenting the Gospel to Cornelius at Caesarea not an obvious choice for the Apostle Peter in Acts 10?

  • What can we learn about the arrest and trials of Paul from Caesarea’s excavations?

  • What were the most common forms of entertainment in the New Testament period and where are they referenced in the text? How does that help us in today’s society?

  • What background conflicts shaped the times of Jesus’ upbringing and ministry?

  • What do the prophets truly say concerning the future of the Valley of Armageddon?

  • Where did baptism come from (historically) and why is it important?

Day Five: Saturday, February 9, 2019. The Popular Ministry of Jesus (Matthew 5-18):

Following the geography of the Gospel narratives, we will examine what we can learn from the places around the Sea of Galilee that are mentioned as part of the story of Jesus’ public ministry. Sites include: Mt. Arbel, Mt. Beatitudes, Capernaum, Magdala, the “Jesus Boat” exhibit at Yigal Allon Center, boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Overnight: Tiberias overlooking the Sea of Galilee (2 nights). B,D

Questions we will discuss on day five:

  • Why did Jesus let the men struggle with storms on the Sea?

  • How does understanding ancient fishing methods help us unlock some of the teaching of the New Testament?

  • What was the central message of Jesus before the Cross and to whom did He address it?

  • What were the primary differences between the teachings of the Pharisees and Jesus’ teaching?

  • Was the demoniac from Gerasa, Gadara or Gergesa? Why don’t the Gospel writers all list the same place?

Day Six: Sunday, February 10, 2019Private Teachings for the Disciples: Based on the five major sermons in the Gospel according to Matthew, our focus will be on the common teaching style of the ancient rabbis, and His private teaching to the disciples. Sites include: Tel Dan, Banias (Caesarea Philippi), Quneitra, Qatzrin Village, View of Gamla. Overnight: Tiberias. B,D

Questions we will discuss on day six:

  • What do we learn from Leviticus about living out our faith?

  • What was the “final exam” to the disciples and how did it offer a prophecy of a later time?

  • What is a “remez” and why is it important to understand the form in the Gospels?

  • What was synagogue learning like at the time of Jesus and who customarily attended?


Day Seven: Monday, February 11, 2019. The Perean Ministry of Jesus (Mt. 19; Lk. 10-19): Following Luke’s ‘special section’ (cp. Luke 10-19), we will view the work of Jesus during the last six months of his popular ministry as He ‘sets His face toward Jerusalem’ and the Cross. Sites include: Excavations of Beth She’an and Scythopolis, a visit to the excavations at Tel es-Sultan (Jericho), a visit to the site of the Dead Sea Scrolls area at Qumran, time for a “float” in the Dead Sea, with a brief camel stop at Almog if time permits. We will finish our day with our first view of Jerusalem. Overnight: Jerusalem (4 nights). B,D

Questions to be addressed on day seven:

  • Why did Jesus sound so impatient with sayings like: “Let the dead bury the dead.” during the Perean Ministry?

  • How do we teach parables with consistency?

  • What are tsit-tsiot and why are they important to understand?

  • How do the Dead Sea Scrolls help us understand the New Testament better?

  • What can we learn from the use of “salt” in the Bible?

Day Eight: Tuesday, February 12, 2019. AM: Messianic Expectations and the Triumphal Entry of Jesus (Lk. 19, Jn. 18): Following Jesus and His Disciples on the Mount of Olives, we will explore some of the meanings of “Messiah” and frame the anticipation of the disciples. Sites include: View from the top of the Mt. of Olives, Gethsemane. PM: The Birth Narratives (Mt. 1-2; Lk. 1-2): Following both Matthew and Luke’s account we will answer questions about the birth narratives and address preaching the popular passages of the Christmas story. Sites include: Bethlehem, Shepherd’s Fields, Herodion (time and conditions permitting). Overnight: Jerusalem. B,D

Questions to discuss on day eight:

·         What Psalms were well known to Jews in the first century and why does that matter?

·         Why did the Temple guard fall down in the garden of Gethsemane?

·         Why was Quirenius mentioned in Luke 2 if he wasn’t Governor until Jesus was age 12?

·         What was shepherding like, and how does it help us understand our task in ministry?

·         Who was Herod the Great and how can understanding basic facts about him help us tell the Christmas story?

Day Nine: Wednesday, February 13, 2019. The Temple and Jesus’ Jerusalem (John 10, 13-17): Understanding the history of the first and second Temple and following the story of Jesus into Jerusalem will be our theme today. Sites include: ancient Temple Mount, the Western Wall, the Davidson Center and south wall excavations, St. Peter en Gallicantu (a traditional site for Caiaphas’ house), the Upper Room, and Old City of Jerusalem walk. Overnight: Jerusalem. B,D

Questions we can consider on day nine:

  • How can understanding the Temple help us teach more than two dozen stories of the New Testament more clearly?

  • Did Jesus exempt the woman caught in adultery from the legal penalty of death?

  • How did Atonement Law confuse Jews, and how does the Gospel of justification through Jesus’ death clear up the confusion?

  • Where did the early church meet and what were those meetings like?

 Day Ten: Thursday, February 14, 2019. . The Journey to the Cross (Jn. 19-20): We will follow the Gospel account of the Jewish questionings and Roman trials of Jesus to His death and Resurrection. We will also become aware of the implications of the holocaust. Sites include: Bethesda Pools, Via Dolorosa, Holy Sepulchre, Garden Tomb, and a visit to Yad Vashem. Final dinner. (Some participants may depart after dinner for the airport and their late night departure, and others will depart the next morning.). Overnight: Jerusalem, or in flight. B,D.

Questions we can discuss during our final day together:

  • How does Jesus’ dealing with the man at the Pool of Bethesda help us in counseling today?

  • If the walk of the “Way of Suffering” is a traditional one, how can doing it help us reach people for Jesus in our home town?

  • What was the main subject of preaching in the early church and why?

  • How did Judaism divide into a Christian faith that became very anti-Jewish within a few hundred years?

  • Does God have a future and literal promise for the Jewish people in Scripture?

Day Eleven: Friday, February 15, 2019. Return flight to the USA.

Things I Should Know about This Trip to Israel …

This study program is for Pastors, their wives, and Bible teachers.

Our goals are three-fold.

  1. To encourage your personal walk with God.

  2. To provide you with information that will be useful in your ministry.

  3. To encourage you to consider returning with a group from your church, or of your circle of friends. (That’s why we can get reduced prices from the different providers: the land agent, the hotels, bus company, etc.)

How is it different than a regular trip to Israel?

  • First of all, it will be taught by Dr. Randy Smith. Because of his background and passion for scripture, that puts it in a whole league of its own.

  • Because it is a study trip for pastors (wives) and Bible teachers, the teaching will assume that you have had a fairly good exposure to the scriptures. However, questions are welcomed, and none is too basic or too complex to warrant a response from Randy.

  • Two years ago (2017) when we offered this program we had over 40 people register, and had a very positive feedback from the teaching. This year we are limited to 30 participants (the total includes spouses), so space is available on a first come, first served basis.

  • If registrations exceed the space available, we may limit the number of participants from each church or organization.

  • Since the number of rooms is limited, we will not be able to accommodate single room enrollment. You need to be willing to have a roommate and/or bring your spouse if you snore!

  • We have realized that participants who have one “day of preparation” to get over jetlag after they arrive, are much more alert and able to absorb the teaching. For that reason we have added one day to the 2019 trip, and have included that in the price.

What about the price?

  • We are offering two options …

    • The Full Price for this 11-day trip, including Delta Air from JFK in New York, is $2399.

    • The Land Only price (you do the air and transfers) is $1399.

  • If you are a member of AGBM, you can deduct $100 from your final payment.)

What do I need to know about the air?

  • If you want to request specific seating, you need to choose Land Only. We are unable to request individual preferences with group reservations.

  • We are holding group air space on Feb 5 out of JFK on Delta flight #468 departing at 11:33pm, nonstop to Tel Aviv (TLV), arriving at 5:25pm the next day. It would be best if you could book your domestic flight on Delta. Then you would be able to link both tickets and check your luggage straight through from your hometown to TLV. You would also be able to stay inside security at JFK, and avoid going through TSA a second time.

  • If you choose another domestic airline, you will need to claim your luggage when you arrive in JFK, go to the Delta (different) terminal, and then recheck in, going back through security again. Again, allow plenty of time for the connection. If you show up late for the Delta flight, you are considered a no-show, and there is no refund.

  • The group return is booked on Delta flight #469, departing Israel at 11:35pm on the 14th (just before midnight), and arriving in JFK at 5:24am on the 15th. If your domestic is on Delta, allow at least 3 hours to go through passport control, collect your luggage, go through customs, recheck your luggage to your final destination, and go through TSA again. If your domestic is on a different airline, allow extra time because you will also need to go to a different terminal, and if you are late for your flight, you are considered a no-show.

  • Since it is February and the weather is unpredictable, in case the domestic flight is delayed, allow plenty of time for your outbound connection in JFK to the international group flight.

  • CTSP needs to cancel any unsold air space by 10/28/18. Any changes you make to your original Registration selection of Full Package or Land Only (which affects the air you want from CTSP) must be done in writing before that date.

Is there a way to save money?

  • If you purchase the Land Only, and do your own air now, you should be able to get fares from your hometown airport cheaper than buying the Full Price package plus buying air from your hometown to JFK.

  • I checked round trip prices to Tel Aviv (TLV) for Feb 5-15, 2019 today and found quite a few cities with fares under $1100. Chicago on Air Canada was $695 round trip! (Some airlines depart Israel the morning of the 15th, or late in the evening on the 14th.) Knowing how air travel works … the prices could be up or down by the time you read this … and they will continue to change almost daily. My rule is that if you know you are going, and you find a fare you like on flights that arrive at a good time … buy it. (Verify the length of time for any connections. Since it is February, leave yourself plenty of time for your connection if you might be delayed by weather.)

Because of the limited space, if you know that you want to go on this study program to Israel, don’t delay. Complete the Registration and send it in with your deposit to CTSP, 30 Rising R Rd, Lake Placid FL 33852. If you do not have a passport yet, just write “pending” where it asks for your passport number. (If you have an older passport, it must be valid through Aug 15, 2019.) Any questions ???  Email our office!

TOUR PRICE OF $2399 INCLUDES air from JFK, group transfers, hotels, Israeli buffet breakfast and dinner daily, tips for group services, full sightseeing, the services of English-speaking lecturers, syllabus, local guide (where required) and all entrance fees to sites as listed in the program. All taxes and surcharges in effect as of June 1, 2018 are included. If additional surcharges or taxes are imposed by the airlines or governments, any additional amounts will be the responsibility of the passenger.  This program will operate with a minimum of 20 passengers.

LAND ONLY PRICE OF $1399 INCLUDES all of the above except air and transfers.

NOT INCLUDED  are personal items such as laundry; drinks and coffee during or after meals; lunches, tips for personal favors; excess baggage and forwarding of baggage; transfers other than with the group; optional travel insurance.

YOUR ACCOMMODATIONS are based on double occupancy in a twin bedded room with private bath.. Individuals enrolling without a roommate will be matched with a roommate if possible. In the event that a roommate is not available, individuals will be subject to a single supplement charge of $490. Single rooms are subject to limited availability and may be smaller than normal twin rooms.

PAYMENT: A nonrefundable deposit of $300 per person, is required to secure your place on the program. (Deposit may be refunded only if CTSP withdraws the offer of the program.) A second payment of $1000 is due September 5, 2018.  Final payment is due to CTSP by November 5, 2016. Thereafter, a late payment fee of $100 per person per month will be assessed.

DISCOUNTS: Members/spouses of AGBM qualify for a $100 per person discount.


90+ days prior                                     non-refundable deposit

66-90 days prior                50% plus non-refundable deposit

0-65 days prior                                                           No refund

*If your cancellation results in a roommate needing a single supplement, that amount will be charged to you in addition to the above fees.

*All refund claims must be in writing to CTSP. There is no refund for any services not used


TRIP INSURANCE IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. Insurance purchased within two weeks of original deposit is the most economical, and may cover pre-existing conditions.  

Please be aware that registered participants may not “transfer” their registration to others in lieu of cancellation.

ITINERARY LENGTH: Flight times are subject to change without advance notice. CTSP is not responsible for changes and delays in airline schedules and does not reimburse passengers for expenses resulting from delays. Because airlines often change flight times and dates at the last minute, CTSP strongly recommends the purchase of any connecting tickets which can be changed without heavy fees and penalties. If airline(s) change flight schedules, CTSP reserves the right to lengthen or shorten the itinerary accordingly, and whenever possible, you will be notified in writing. If changes necessitate extra overnights, you will be charged (per person, per night) US$90 double occupancy, or US$160 for single rooms (includes single supplement).

AIRLINE ARRANGEMENTS from JFK (New York) are included in the full tour price. Air Transportation will be economy class aboard regularly scheduled carriers utilizing non-refundable, non-amendable tickets. Once your ticket has been written, it cannot be rewritten or refunded.

YOUR LUGGAGE is restricted in size and shape by the airline, and is limited to one checked piece, plus carryon. You should contact the airline for the specific restrictions.


CTSP agrees to provide the itinerary described in this brochure, and this represents the entire agreement between the passenger and CTSP No changes or deviations are effective unless approved in writing and signed by an authorized officer of CTSP Except as stated herein, no person is authorized to cancel, modify, or vary the study program arrangements (during the course) or to make any representation of warranty concerning the program.

All prices, itineraries, and schedules are subject to regulations and changes thereof by acts of Government, International Agreement and Airline tariff adjustments, rules and regulations.

CTSP reserves the right to change or withdraw the program, in whole or in part, at any time. In the event of a change, the sole exclusive obligation of CTSP will be to refund pro rata any recoverable payment received. In the event of rescheduling of the program due to unforeseen circumstances, the cancellation and refund clause will apply. CTSP reserves the right to refuse or revoke travel to anyone who is, in the sole judgment of CTSP, incapable of or detrimental to group travel.

Except for the willful negligence of its direct employees, CTSP assumes no liability or responsibility for any injuries, inconveniences, illness, irregularity or incidental damages occasioned by circumstances beyond the control of CTSP, or by any person or reason whatsoever, including, but not limited to events such as strikes, revolts, wars, natural disaster, closures of airports or hotels, default or omission of any common or private carrier or the default, negligence, or omission of any by any third party providing services or facilities related to or included in this program. 

The commercial carriers are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time the passengers are not on board commercial carriers. The passenger contracts, in use by all commercial carriers involved, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the commercial carriers and the passenger or purchaser of this program and/or passage and program operator assumes no liability or responsibility in connection therewith.

ENROLLMENT  in and payment of the deposit for the tour constitutes your acceptance of the Program Conditions and Statement of Responsibility.