Israel Biblical Study Trip
!!! Due to COVID-19 trip is delayed, new dates TBA !!!
Dates: TBA, 2022 (12 days / 11 nights)
For registration and payments contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
More information: http://www.travelthetext.com/
Price: US$ 2500
US$ 2500 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 TBA: US$ 500
First installment due TBA: US$ 1000
Final installment due TBA: US$ 750
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)
Saturday June 12, 2021: Arrival and Orientation
Upon your arrival in the international airport in Tel Aviv you will be met by Geoff Carroll and your bus driver for the trip. We will transfer to the Manger Square Hotel in Bethlehem.
Sunday, June 13: Crossroads of Culture
We begin our study at one of the most impressive 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 learn about the battles for the Shephelah, or foothills, as we travel to the lands of Sampson at Beth Shemesh, the Valley of Elah where David slew Goliath, Maresha, an underground labyrinth of caves and dwellings, and finally, Lachish, the last stronghold before the Assyrian attack on Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.
Monday, June 14: A Word in the Wilderness
Today we head south to experience the wilderness, stopping along the way for lessons in an ancient vineyard. We will visit sites such as Tel Arad, a strategic wilderness fort, and the Wilderness of Tzin in the region where the Israelites stayed during their 40 years in the wilderness. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.
Tuesday June 15: House of David – Courage and Consequences
We begin our day traveling the ancient road Abraham took to Mt. Moriah for a panoramic view of Jerusalem at the Promenade. We will discover ancient Jerusalem at the City of David and explore the ancient underground waterway known as Hezekiah’s Tunnel (optional). Additional sites include the Shiloach (Siloam) Pool and the Israel Museum. Dinner and our final night in Bethlehem.
Wednesday June 16: A King Is Born
The first few days brought us into contact with many characters and places in the Hebrew Bible but today we shift our focus to the time of Jesus. We will visit many sites including the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and a beautiful fortress built by Herod the Great called the Herodian. We will transfer from Jerusalem to Galilee today, stopping along the way at a sheep fold, the ancient city of Ephraim, and (time permitting) Jacob’s Well. We will stay the next several nights at a tranquil location on the Sea of Galilee at Mitzpe Hashalom (Peace Vista), Galilee. Dinner and overnight in Galilee.
Thursday June 17: “Go and Make Disciples” – Following and Leading
Jesus called many of His disciples around the Sea of Galilee, and we begin our day from 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, the Church of the Beatitudes, Capernaum, Jesus’ home-base for His ministry, and end our day with a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee. Dinner and overnight in Galilee.
Friday, June 18: The L-RD Is Our G-D, the L-RD Is One
Jesus preached that the Kingdom of Heaven was near, and He sent His disciples into a world that did not want it. Our focus today will take us to places like Beth Shan, one of the richest and most powerful cities in the time of Jesus, Megiddo, also known as Armageddon, and Mt. Carmel, where Elijah and the prophets of Baal held a contest by fire. Dinner and final night in Galilee.
Saturday, June 19: Kingdoms Collide – Who Is Your King?
Today our focus is in the Upper Galilee. We will visit sites such as Gamla with its first-century synagogue, Dan, where beautiful springs turned people toward false gods, and Caesarea Philippi (Gates of Hades). Dinner and overnight in Galilee.
Sunday, June 20: Who Is My Neighbor?
After Jesus prepared His disciples, it was time to return to Jerusalem. We will begin our day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee before we make our way to the Nazareth Ridge, where Jesus grew up, Caesarea Maritima, a beautiful harbor city built by Herod the Great, and a teaching along the ancient Road to Jericho. Dinner and overnight in the Judean wilderness at the Jericho Oasis Hotel.
Monday, June 21: Finding the Way in the Wilderness
Today we travel to Qumran, linked to the Dead Sea Scrolls, En Gedi, an oasis of waterfalls in the desert where David hid from Saul, and the fortress of Masada, where Zealots died in rebellion against the Romans, before floating in the Dead Sea. Dinner and overnight in Jericho.
Tuesday, June 22: 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 Mt. of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, the Hidden Gate, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the traditional place of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. Dinner and overnight in Jericho.
Wednesday June 23: Resurrection – Time of Redemption
We begin our last day on the banks of the Jordan River, the traditional location of Jesus’ baptism. We then will visit Bethany, where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, the Old City, the Western Wall, and the Southern Steps. We will finish strong with a cultural “last supper” before transferring to the airport.