Israel Study Tour with More Than Music

Oct 31 - Nov 11, 2022

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Day 09 - Jerusalem: Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, Saint Anne's, Pool of Bethesda, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem Prayer Center, Garden Tomb

posted on Thursday Nov 10 2022 at 11:00 pm UTC

We are headed back to the USA after an amazing time in Israel! Enjoy these photos from our last day in Jerusalem. Thanks so much for following our journey!...

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Day 08 - Jerusalem: City of David, Hezekiah's Tunnel, Southern Steps, Israel Museum, Model of Jerusalem, Shrine of the Book

posted on Wednesday Nov 09 2022 at 7:00 pm UTC

In fall 2018, we included an original song of Dave's titled "City of David" in one of our "beta test" Blue Gospel Scripts shows. During the performance, we played video Dave had shot of the excavation at the actual City of David, and I was fascinated. But I wanted to see how this footage connected to...

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Day 07 - Jerusalem: Temple Mount, Western Wall, Rabbinic Tunnels, Herodium, Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem

posted on Tuesday Nov 08 2022 at 7:00 pm UTC

We left early to beat the crowds to the Temple Mount, and (at least I think) it was 100% worth it! A little bit of rain meant the stone walkways were exceedingly slippery the rest of the day, but it certainly didn't slow our progress - it enhanced our pictures. :) Before we climbed the wooden walkway...

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Day 06 - Galilee - Jerusalem: Beth Shean, Mt. Precipice, Megiddo, Caesarea Maritima

posted on Tuesday Nov 08 2022 at 12:00 am UTC

After a final breakfast overlooking the Sea of Galilee (and by the way, if you're in Galilee, stay at the Nof Ginosar Kibbutz because it's literally on the shore of the Sea, and the food is seriously excellent), we left our idyllic kibbutz hotel and aimed for what Dan called the 2nd most important Decapolis...

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Day 05 - Galilee: Katzrin (cultural experience), Mount Bental, Caesarea Philippi, Tel Dan

posted on Monday Nov 07 2022 at 1:00 am UTC

Today began with a 45-minute drive up to the Golan Heights, where over the course of the day we heard the fascinating story of the formation of Israel and its relationship to its neighboring countries over the last 125 or so years. Dan is really a spellbinding storyteller... you really have to come here...

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Day 04 - Galilee: Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha, Capernaum, Chorazin, Ancient Boat, Galilee Boat Ride

posted on Saturday Nov 05 2022 at 9:00 pm UTC

Another day, another sunrise... this one over the Sea of Galilee. Today was all Galilee, all New Testament, and we began with an hour-long boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Our dear friends from India, Pastors Sabya and Sarita, shared a bit for us on the subject of light and dark, they treated us to a...

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Day 03 - Ein Gedi, Qumran, Lower Jordan

posted on Friday Nov 04 2022 at 9:00 pm UTC

Shabbat Shalom from Israel!  (Sabbath began at sundown today, Friday). Today we paid a lot of attention to water, but not in the same way as yesterday when we were hyper-focused on staying hydrated. We are still jetlagged and saw sunrise at the Dead Sea, went to Ein Gedi, visited Qumran (where we...

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Day 02 - Negev: Masada, Tel Arad, Dead Sea

posted on Thursday Nov 03 2022 at 5:00 pm UTC

What a day it was!  Only two sites (plus the women slathered each other in mud and frolicked in the Dead Sea), but a lot of time in the sun.  (I don't know about anyone else, but I had finished my 2 liters of water before lunch!) The second night of sleeping seems to be the hardest in the battle...

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Day 01 - Shephelah: Yad Hashmonah, Beth Shemesh, Azekah, Beth Guvrin (Maresha)

posted on Wednesday Nov 02 2022 at 5:00 pm UTC

After a bountiful breakfast, following which I made everyone I could find taste some halva (a sweet confection made from tahini, or sesame paste), we visited 4 sites today: 1. Yad Hashmona - "Memorial to the Eight" A beautiful spot in the hills between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem which features, among...

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Day 00 - We have arrived in Israel!

posted on Tuesday Nov 01 2022 at 6:00 pm UTC

We and all our liuggage arrived safely in Israel! We're grateful and excited for tomorrow!  ...

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Preparing for Israel

posted on Thursday Oct 20 2022 at 4:16 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 along...

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