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).. o/n JRS. 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.
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.