ISRAEL: March 23 - April 3, 2020 "The Life and Land of Jesus" with Atlanta 4SQ (Program #200303)
Day One: Monday, Mar 23, 2020
Depart Atlanta for Tel Aviv, Israel. Overnight: In flight.
Day Two: Tuesday, Mar 24, 2020
Arrive Ben Gurion Airport. Transfer to the hotel for check in, dinner and a good night’s rest! Overnight: Tel Aviv area. B,D
Day Three: Wednesday, Mar 25, 2020
Four Conflicts in the Background of the Gospels: Highlighting four example sites, this study focuses on four key conflicts in the background of Jesus' public ministry. Sites: Caesarea Maritima, Mt. Carmel, Nazareth (cave homes), Zippori (Sepphoris). Overnight: by the Sea of Galilee. B,D
Day Four: Thursday, Mar 26, 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, Ancient Boat exhibit, boatride, Mt. Beatitudes, Capernaum. Overnight: By the Sea of Galilee. B,D
Day Five: Friday, Mar 27, 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 Canaanite Abrahamic-period mud brick gate), Banias (Caesarea Philippi), Quneitra overlook into Syria, Qatzrin (Talmudic Village). Overnight: By the Sea of Galilee. B,D
Day Six: Saturday, Mar 28, 2020
The Perean Ministry of Jesus: We will address the issues of the Perean Ministry, with particular examination of Luke 10-19, the "special section" of this account. Sites: Beth Shean, Jordan Valley, Qumran, Dead Sea. Overnight: Dead Sea spa hotel. B,D
Day Seven: Sunday, Mar 29, 2020
Hebrew Themes of the Wilderness: From the desert storm of Habakkuk, to the salt covenant of David, various Biblical wilderness themes will be highlighted, and then “Up to Jerusalem”. Sites: Masada, Ein Gedi, Jericho. Overnight: Jerusalem (5 nights). B,D
Day Eight: Monday, Mar 30, 2020
A.M.: 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: Mt. of Olives, Gethsemane, Gallicantu (House of Caiaphas).
P.M.: Setting of the Birth Narrative: We will investigate what the Biblical accounts tell us of Jesus' birth, based on both the Matthew and Luke accounts. Sites: Herodium, Bethlehem, Shepherd's Field. Overnight: JRS. B,D
Day Nine: Tuesday, Mar 31, 2020
A Living People: Yad Vashem, Jewish Quarter (cardo, Nehemiah’s Broad Wall, lunch), Western Wall plaza, South Wall excavations (Davidson Center). Overnight: Jerusalem. B,D
Day Ten: Wednesday, Apr 1, 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: Temple Mount, Pools of Bethesda, Via Dolorosa, Holy Sepulchre, Garden Tomb (with communion). Overnight: Jerusalem. B,D
Day Eleven: Thursday, Apr 2, 2020
Our day at leisure allows time to shop, explore, or just relax and take in the local culture. We’ll meet together for our final dinner. Overnight: Jerusalem. B,D
Day Twelve: Friday, Apr 3, 2020
Flight from Tel Aviv, connecting to Atlanta, arriving later the same day.