ISRAEL: October 20-30, 2020 “The Life of Jesus” with Venice Nazarene Church (Program # 201002)

Ancient Capernaum drone footage with fifth century synagogue in white stone.

Ancient Capernaum drone footage with fifth century synagogue in white stone.


Day One: Depart Florida on your way to Israel. Meals and overnight: In flight.

Day Two: Arrive Ben Gurion Airport in Israel. Transfer to the hotel near the Mediterranean beach for dinner and a good night’s rest! Dinner and overnight: Tel Aviv area. D

Day Three: Four Conflicts in the Background of the Gospels: Highlighting example sites, this study focuses on four key conflicts in the background of Jesus’s public ministry. Sites: Caesarea Maritima, Mt. Carmel, Valley of Armageddon, Zippori, Nazareth.Overnight: Sea of Galilee area. B, D

Day Four: 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, Ancient Boat exhibit, boat ride. Overnight: By the Sea of Galilee. B, D

Day Five: 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: Tel Dan, Banias (Caesarea Philippi), overlook into Syria, Qatzrin (Talmudic Village). Overnight: By the Sea of Galilee. B, D

Day Six: 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, Jericho overlook, Dead Sea. Anticipated arrival at the hotel about 3:00p. Overnight: Dead Sea spa hotel. B, D

Day Seven: 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, En Gedi, Qumran. Overnight: Jerusalem. B,D

Day Eight: 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. Setting of the Birth Narrative: We will investigate what the Biblical accounts tell us of Jesus’s birth, based on both the Matthew and Luke accounts. Sites: Mt. of Olives, Gethsemane, Herodium, Bethlehem, Shepherd's Field. Overnight: Jerusalem. B,D

Day Nine: A Living People: Visit to Yad Vashem (Holocaust Memorial). Jewish Quarter (Cardo, Broad Wall, Herodian mansions), Western Wall plaza. Overnight: Jerusalem. B, D

Day Ten: 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: Flight from Tel Aviv headed for the USA, 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.

Tour Conditions

This program is not fully priced at this time. Because our study tour programs tend to fill up fast, and many people wait too long to register to get in, we allow early registration. If you choose to pre-register, use the registration button and fill out the form, as well as paying the deposit. When the price is released, you will be contacted. If you choose not to participate at that time, you can cancel with a full refund minus the credit card processing fee ($10).