Israel, Jordan Study Tour with Grand Rapids Theological Seminary

January 2-12, 2019

Led by Dr. Jonathan Greer
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Trip Blog Posts

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Jesus has Risen and is Alive!

posted on Saturday January 12 2019 at 12:00 am UTC

Today is our last day touring this beautiful land that God loves so much. It is Friday. Friday, the day blood was shed for humanity’s sins. We start our day on top of the Mount of Olives. The Mount of Olives is east of and adjacent to the Old City of Jerusalem. This place, a place where our LORD...

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Awaking in the city of Jerusalem

posted on Friday January 11 2019 at 1:50 am UTC

Awaking in the city of Jerusalem is a peculiar feeling. Looking out a window of the Gloria Hotel inside the Old City is something that many people will not have the opportunity to do in their life. After breakfast, and friendly dialogue with group members we now consider “family”, we departed into...

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Art, symbolism, and history

posted on Thursday January 10 2019 at 12:56 am UTC

Today we continued our journey with a steep walk up to Herod the Great’s man-made mountain fortress, Herodium (Matt. 2:1-22). As we’ve repeatedly seen on the trip, this site continues to prove the genius of Herod the Great. Not only was he a politically savvy warrior, but also THE architectural...

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As fishermen would

posted on Wednesday January 09 2019 at 2:00 am UTC

It began with our group loading an aching dock. Everyone is layered, (I am wearing three pairs of pants and 6 layers on top) afraid of another visit from yesterday’s storm. We watch our boat arrive, a pin prick on the Sea. The water is blue. The sky is blue. The mountain range where Tiberius...

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You are the light of the world

posted on Tuesday January 08 2019 at 12:00 am UTC

To wake up with a view of the Sea of Galilee is an amazing experience. Today when we woke up early to begin our adventures you could still see the lights of Tiberias across Galilee, lighting up the hill. I was quickly reminded of Jesus words in his sermon on the mount where he said. “You are the...

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Thirsting after God

posted on Monday January 07 2019 at 12:00 am UTC

This morning our group toured mount Masada. We ascended Masada in two waves; the first group of early risers hiked up the mountain along a trail called "the snake path" while the other group rode to the top in a cable car. Both methods were equally scenic, but I personally think that the early risers...

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A truly unique day!

posted on Sunday January 06 2019 at 2:00 am UTC

This morning began brisk and bright with our group waking in our tents. It was a true glamping experience. Waking to the crisp air and cloudless sky was amazing. We then took a two hour jeep ride into the wadi. The views were spectacular! There was nothing to be seen for miles. The highlight of the...

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posted on Saturday January 05 2019 at 12:00 am UTC

We made it to Amman last night. Our flights were long, but well worth the anticipated arrival. After dinner, showers and much sleep we were eager to wake up this morning. God's Grace and Mercy is so sufficient. We all had breakfast and fellowship together and next we were off to the beautiful city of...

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Preparing for Israel, Jordan

posted on Thursday December 27 2018 at 8:31 pm UTC

Our trip will be here before you know it! Once we're on the ground we'll post periodic updates and photos. Check back often or get update notifications using the subscribe options on this page. We'll be sharing our travel experiences online with you, our friends and family, to not only bring you...

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