Israel, Jordan Study Tour with Grand Rapids Theological Seminary

Jan 2-12, 2020

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Trip Blog Posts

The Temple Mount

posted on Friday Jan 10 2020 at 1:00 am UTC

As we entered into the Temple Mount, we learned that this area is run by Muslims and that though there are so many reasons to talk about this location in regards to Christianity, we had to be hush-hush about it. Learning that this would have been the place where Abraham brought Isaac to sacrifice him,...

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Jesus had to calm the storm

posted on Wednesday Jan 08 2020 at 11:00 pm UTC

Today was the first day we experienced rain as we were reminded all day that rain in this area is such a blessing. The Jordan River is the highest it’s been in quite some time, as is the Sea of Galilee. So, we all gathered up our rain gear and headed out! We started at a small museum where we...

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Jesus speaks and creation responds

posted on Tuesday Jan 07 2020 at 11:00 pm UTC

Today we started our day at Tel Dan, Jonathan Greer’s favorite place where he has spent much time digging. We learned about many people and how they lived during the times of the Old Testament, especially in the books of 1 and 2 Kings, and Amos. We were convicted as we learned about their ritualistic...

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The kind of life they would have lived

posted on Tuesday Jan 07 2020 at 1:00 am UTC

What a day we had today! We were told that our new guide, Yehuda, would keep us moving, and he delivered beyond our expectations. We began our day exploring the ruins of the mighty mountain-top fortress of Masada. I was awestruck at the ingenuity of the architects of that fortress, and unsurprised that...

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Desert, Sea, and Feast

posted on Monday Jan 06 2020 at 12:00 am UTC

Our second night we ended with a fireside chat/ story telling session about the creation. The setting was so peaceful as we all and relaxed before heading to our tents for bed. The next morning the early riser hiked up the mountains to see the sun rise. What a beautiful sight! After breakfast there...

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Learning about Jordan

posted on Sunday Jan 05 2020 at 1:00 am UTC

In route from Ammon to Petra, Jordan, we witnessed a beautiful sunrise as we learned about the history of Jordan from our guide, Mohannad. As we traveled through the desert, we were blessed with a large rainbow that took our breath away and then only moments later, snow began to fall. Snow in the desert...

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We have arrived!

posted on Thursday Jan 02 2020 at 11:00 pm UTC

Leaving Grand Rapids at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, we all waved good-bye to our loved ones. Jonathan and Jennifer Greer, our professors and guides, greeted and prepped us for what the next hours would look like. 37 of us are on this trip and right away, we found our “group buddies.”...

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Preparing for Israel, Jordan

posted on Wednesday Dec 11 2019 at 1:42 am UTC

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