Israel Biblical Study Trip
Dates: March 19-30, 2023 (12 days / 11 nights)
For registration and payments contact: email@example.com
More information: http://www.travelthetext.com/dbsisrael
Price: US$ 2850
US$ 2850 per person (based on double occupancy) for those registering and paying deposit before due date (TBA). The fee includes accommodation, motor coach transportation, breakfast and dinner buffets, 1-2 liters of bottled water daily, teaching and guide fees, all taxes, tips, site entrance fees, and materials including Travel the Text Study Guide, luggage tags, passport holder, and sport bag for carrying daily necessities on site. Does not include airfare, lunches, personal snacks or souvenirs.
Deposit due with registration: US$ 600
First installment due December 1st, 2022: US$ 1000
Final installment due February 1st, 2023: US$ 1000
Final US$ 250 paid on arrival in cash in Israel.
Why do a Biblical Study Trip to Israel?
Travel the Text together with DBS International invites you to a Biblical study trip focused on the land and time period of the Biblical cultures. This is not a tour, but an intense Biblical Study Program designed to fully immerse you into the Bible and its world! You will travel with Geoff Carroll who teaches in YWAM’s Discipleship BIBLE School (DBS) to sites that are popular tourist destinations, in addition to many treasures off the beaten path. You will engage the Text through sight, sound, touch, and taste as we explore the riches of this land. Geoff is a passionate teacher with over a decade of experience traveling and studying throughout the land of the Bible. His lessons and experience will bring the world of the Bible and its stories to life, inviting the land and Spirit to be the greatest teachers of all. In the words of Geoff: “Living in Israel dramatically changed my life and how I look at the Bible, follow Jesus, and love people every day. It is my dream to share this opportunity with as many as possible, while providing the best value and experience available. I do not believe there is any other experience that will change your life and impact the way you approach the Bible as much as this.”
(Not all sites and planned experiences are revealed; itinerary subject to change)
Sunday March 19: Arrival and Orientation
Arrive mid-morning to Ben Gurion airport (TLV) near Tel Aviv. We will load the motor coach that will be your transportation for the duration of your study trip. In route to your first hotel, we will stop for some jet lag countering sunshine with some brief study and introduction to the land in the Shephelah, or foothills, in Samson’s area of Beth Shemesh. We will also visit nearby sites of Maresha, and the Valley of Elah where David slew Goliath. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.
Monday, March 20: A Word in the Wilderness
We begin our study today at one of the most incredible sites in the land; Machpelah. This intact first-century structure marks the land where Abraham purchased a burial cave for Sarah. From there we will study Moses and the Israelites in the Wilderness of Tzin and the strategic wilderness fort of Tel Arad. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.
Tuesday, March 21: Courage and Consequences
We begin our day following the ancient route Abraham took to Mt. Moriah for a panoramic view of Jerusalem at the Promenade. We will study the history of Jerusalem at the City of David, explore the ancient waterway known as Hezekiah’s Tunnel (optional), and study at the Shiloach (Siloam) Pool, the Kidron and Hinnom Valleys, and the Israel Museum. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.
Wednesday, March 22: A King is Born
We visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem to start our day, before continuing to Herodian, a fortress built by Herod the Great. We will then head toward Galilee, stopping along the way at a sheep fold, the ancient city of Ephraim, and Jacob’s Well. We will stay the next several nights in a tranquil location offering stunning panoramic views of the Sea of Galilee. Dinner and overnight at Mitzpe Hashalom (Peace Vista) in Galilee.
Thursday March 23: Go and Make Disciples
Jesus called many of His disciples around the Sea of Galilee, and we begin our day at Mt. Arbel for a beautiful panoramic view of the region. We will focus on the northern shore, stopping at places like Migdal, the home of Mary Magdalene, Tabgha, where Jesus called Peter, Andrew, James, and John, Capernaum, Jesus’ home-base for His ministry. Dinner and overnight in Galilee.
Friday, March 24: Kingdoms Collide – Who is Your King?
Today our focus is in the Upper Galilee. We will visit sites such as a first-century synagogue at Gamla, Dan, where beautiful springs turned people toward false gods, and Caesarea Philippi (Gates of Hades) before ending our day with a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee. Dinner and overnight in Galilee.
Saturday, March 25: Taking on the Name
Jesus preached that the Kingdom of Heaven was near, and sent His disciples into a world that did not want it. Our focus today will take us to places like Megiddo also known as Armageddon and Mt. Carmel where Elijah and the prophets of Baal held a contest by fire. Then to Herod’s impressive coastal city of Caesarea Maritima. Dinner and our final night in Galilee.
Sunday, March 26: A Biblical Worldview
After Jesus prepared His disciples, it was time to return to Jerusalem. On our way we will visit Nazareth Ridge, Beth Shan one of the richest and most powerful cities in the time of Jesus, (time-permitting) Mt. Scopus for a panoramic view of Jerusalem, and the Road to Jericho. Dinner and overnight in the Judean wilderness at the Jericho Oasis Resort Hotel.
Monday, March 27: Finding the Way in the Wilderness
Today we travel to En Gedi, an oasis of waterfalls in the desert where David hid from Saul, Qumran, linked to the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the fortress of Masada, where Zealots died in rebellion against the Romans. We will end our day with a float in the Dead Sea. Dinner and overnight in Jericho.
Tuesday, March 28: Passion Week – Take Up Your Cross
Jesus makes His way up to Jerusalem where He will be put to death. We will begin our day early on the Temple Mount, and travel to places such as the Pools of Bethesda, where Jesus healed a crippled man, Bethpage, where Jesus talked about mountain-moving faith, the Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, and the Old City. Dinner and overnight in Jericho.
Wednesday March 29: Resurrection – Time of Redemption
We begin our day on the banks of the Jordan River, the traditional location of Jesus’ baptism. We will then continue on to visit Bethany, where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, the Hidden Gate, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the traditional place of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, the Western Wall and the Southern Steps.
Thursday March 30: Reflections
Thursday is set apart for a day of reflections with your group community, and some activity options will be presented during the trip. We will enjoy a last meal together Thursday afternoon (time to be set based on best options for majority group flight departure times). Group transfer to TLV airport Thursday evening, for departing flights, or for those preferring to depart Friday to catch a taxi to independently arranged hotels.