Israel Study Tour - Indiana Wesleyan Univ

Jun 18 - Jul 7, 2014

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Trip Wrap Up

posted on Wednesday Jul 09 2014 at 12:49 am UTC

Now that we've returned from our study tour you'll hopefully be able to talk to one of us in person about what we saw, heard, learned, and experienced! Below is a wrap up video that serves as a nice summary of the trip and a reminder of all that we did. Leave us a comment below or head over and...

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Heading Home

posted on Monday Jul 07 2014 at 6:17 am UTC

We’ve arrived at the final touring day of our trip. We said “good-bye” to the Holy Land Trust interns and archaeological diggers earlier this afternoon. The rest of us will be departing for Ben-Gurion Airport at 4 AM tomorrow. We will have a full day of travel ahead! After eighteen days in Israel...

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Living in the shadow of the wall

posted on Saturday Jul 05 2014 at 12:56 am UTC

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is so complicated it taxes the mind to even begin to comprehend the situation. I believe the Jewish Settler that we spoke with recently put it best, you are either A) Pro-Israel, B) Pro-Palestine or C) So confused you don’t touch it. If you were to ask me my point of...

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The history of the Jews

posted on Friday Jul 04 2014 at 12:44 am UTC

Today we had to wake up really early again. At this point I am used to 6:30 breakfast, but I loved the days when we enjoyed a later breakfast. Well anyway, we started the day with a trip to Mount Herzl to see the national cemetery. We ended up getting there a little early, so we had time to talk through...

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Practical Actions

posted on Wednesday Jul 02 2014 at 11:43 pm UTC

At this point in the trip I am feeling torn in many ways and am still in the middle of processing a lot of information. I feel myself being pulled in two different directions as I sympathize with the stories we have been hearing from Jews and Palestinians. I also find myself constantly wavering between...

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Mount Carmel

posted on Tuesday Jul 01 2014 at 11:59 pm UTC

Try to imagine reading one of your favorite Bible stories while sitting on the mountaintop where the story took place. Today I had that unique opportunity. Our group visited Mount Carmel today, and as we climbed the stairs of the church located on top of the mountain, I felt anticipation at seeing...

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Dipping our toes in Bethlehem

posted on Monday Jun 30 2014 at 11:51 pm UTC

Everyone was rejoicing as we all got to sleep in today. Breakfast was at 8:30 instead of our normal 6:30 this morning. We had our first breakfast in the Alexandria Hotel. Our table was filled with eggs, pita, jam, veggies, and of course some wonderful juice. After breakfast, we had a short meeting...

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Commerce, knowledge, and innovation

posted on Sunday Jun 29 2014 at 11:18 pm UTC

Today's travels took us all the way from the shores of the sea to the hilly town of Bethlehem. We left our hotel in Tiberias eeeaarrlyy in the morning (zzz) and headed straight to the ancient Roman/Byzantine city of Beth Shean. We entered in the "back door" of the site and hiked up the hill to get...

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Hazor, Caesarea Philippi, and Dan

posted on Sunday Jun 29 2014 at 12:52 am UTC

Today we went to the Biblical sites of Hazor, Caesarea Philippi, and Dan. Hazor is a city located north of the Sea of Galilee, and is also credited with being completely destroyed by Joshua in the Bible. Though a burn layer was found, supporting the idea of destruction, there was also Canaanite remains...

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The Breath on His lips

posted on Saturday Jun 28 2014 at 12:40 am UTC

What a morning!  Up early and on the road, we left by 7:15.  I always laugh at the time difference, because it sometimes means that you who are reading this haven't gone to bed yet.  Anyway, our first stop was around the lake and up a hill.  Yehuda, our guide, told us that this was the traditional...

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Masada and Ein Gedi

posted on Friday Jun 27 2014 at 12:52 am UTC

Today was most likely the hardest day of the trip physically, but it was certainly an incredible day! First thing this morning we drove to Masada on the tour bus. On the way, we saw a classic picture of camels walking in a group on the top of a ridge (I love being able to see those classic picturesque...

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From Jerusalem to the Mediterranean

posted on Thursday Jun 26 2014 at 12:32 am UTC

Leaving Jerusalem this morning feels like a millennium ago with all of the things we did today, but what an adventure! Beginning our bus tour portion of the trip, our first stop was Beth-Shemesh. We were on higher ground, looking down into the Sorek Valley. Across the valley we pointed out Zorah,...

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Hezekiah's Tunnel

posted on Wednesday Jun 25 2014 at 12:57 am UTC

The indomitable world super power of Assyria was bearing down on Judah. Having subdued and deported Israel, Judah's sister kingdom in the North, Assyria was now at their doorstep. Hezekiah, the king of Judah had rebelled against Assyria, declaring Judah no longer to be its vassal state. Some scholars...

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Artifacts & Experiences

posted on Tuesday Jun 24 2014 at 1:08 am UTC

We took a taxi service van up to the Mount of Olives, which was the first time we rode in a vehicle since arriving in Jerusalem. As buff as my legs are getting from walking everywhere, I appreciated having transportation provided for a change. We made it to the top of the mountain and looked over Jerusalem...

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Testimonies Get Heated

posted on Monday Jun 23 2014 at 12:43 am UTC

By Evan Hoekzema What an incredible end to an incredible day!! Today was a very special day as it was our first Sabbath in country. We were lucky enough to worship with two differing congregations, one in the day and one in the night, both of which were on almost opposite sides of the spectrum. The...

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posted on Saturday Jun 21 2014 at 10:45 pm UTC

After walking the path of the crucifixion, we had some free time to explore the city. On our way to a pottery shop in the Armenian Quarter, two Orthodox Jews, Elliot and Samuel, struck up a conversation with us. We walked with them towards the Jewish Quarter. They explained that they were both originally...

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Our First Day

posted on Saturday Jun 21 2014 at 1:19 am UTC


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Preparing for Israel

posted on Friday Jun 06 2014 at 5:02 pm UTC

Our trip to Israel will be here before you know it! Once we’re on the ground in Israel, we’ll post updates, photos, and more about once a day. Check back often or get update notifications using the subscribe options on this page. Half the purpose of sharing our travel experiences through this...

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