We’re knee deep in preparations here. In just a few weeks, Kristin and I will join a crew from my Northern Seminary DMin Cohort for a 10-day study tour of Israel! While we’ve had the opportunity to see many biblical sites in Turkey and Greece, this will be our first time in Israel. Guided by our doctoral professors, Scot McKnight and Joel Willitts, our cohort have the opportunity to see firsthand the sites and scenes that help to animate much of the Bible. This kind of context isn’t a mere backdrop to the biblical drama, it is integral to the story unfolding on the pages of scripture. If you read the Bible carefully, the setting is a rich and compelling character, used by the authors to give nuance, depth, and detail to the story!
For those who might be interested, I’ll be doing my best to offer some highlights here on the blog. Here’s a simplified itinerary of our time:
Day 1 – Depart the US
Day 2 – Arrive in Tel Aviv; Tour Joppa/Jaffa and Caesarea
Day 3 – Tour Megiddo, Mt. Carmel, Druze Village, Nazareth, Cana, Galilee
Day 4- Mount of Beatitudes, Golan Heights, Caesarea Philippi, Tel Dan, Sea of Galilee
Day 5 – Galilee, Capernaum, Jordan River, Beit Shean, Bethlehem, Jerusalem
Day 6 – Mount of Olives, Palm Sunday Road, Garden of Gethsemane, Jewish Quarter, Temple Mount, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Southern Steps
Day 7 – Masada, Ein Gedi, Qumran, Dead Sea
Day 8 – Shrine of the Book (Dead Sea Scrolls), Model City, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, St Peter in Gallicantu, Garden Tomb
Day 9 – Jerusalem, Herodian, Khirbet Qeiyafa, Elah Valley
Day 10 – Depart to the US
It’s going to be a whirlwind, but we can’t wait for the opportunity to learn and grow together!