Israel Study Tour with Bridgeway Christian Church

November 28 - December 9, 2022

Led by Matt Bach
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Trip Blog Posts

Day 09 - Jerusalem: Davidic Temple Sifting Project, Israel Museum, Pool of Bethesda, Via Dolorosa, Ecce Homo, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Farewell Dinner

posted on Friday December 09 2022 at 1:00 am UTC

On our final day touring together followed closely through Jesus' days on earth. We began on the Mount of Olives with a breathtaking view overlooking Jerusalem. Pastor Matt led us through three departures and arrivals significant to our faith. We won’t soon forget Jesus’ ascension in Acts...

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Day 08 - Jerusalem: Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, City of David, Hezekiah's Tunnel, Pool of Siloam, Southern Steps, Yad Vashem

posted on Wednesday December 07 2022 at 8:00 pm UTC

Day 8 started at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and we really had a full day. We started off our day with a group devotional and prayer that was lead by Jeff Axtell. Next, we got to visit the Temple Mount and learn all of its history understanding even more why the temple in Jerusalem was...

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Day 07 - Jerusalem: Temple Mount, Rabbinic Tunnels, Western Wall, Herodium, Bethlehem, Johnny's (shopping)

posted on Tuesday December 06 2022 at 8:00 pm UTC

We started our morning in the the beautiful hillside town of Jaffa. It was significant due to its port location and entryway into Jerusalem. Jaffa is infamous as the place Jonah fled and where Peter was staying when summoned by Cornelius.   After our pep talk on the importance of staying...

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Day 06 - Coastal Plain-Jerusalem: Beth Shean, Beth Alpha, Harod Stream , Gan HaShlosha, Caesarea Maritima

posted on Monday December 05 2022 at 10:00 pm UTC

Day 6 started at a site called Beth She’an. This was an ancient city for many civilizations because it is strategically located. In fact, it was held by the Egyptians, the Philistines and for a short time by Israel during the reign of King Solomon. In 333 BC, Alexander the Great...

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Day 05 - Galilee: Katzrin (cultural experience), Caesarea Philippi, Tel Dan, 3 Vines Winery

posted on Monday December 05 2022 at 1:00 am UTC

We were transported back in time as we spent our morning in the Israelite village of Katzrin. We stepped into the entrance of a 2000 year old Jewish home, sat in the light of oil lamps, and felt the debris fall from the ceiling while we heard the familiar story of Jesus healing the paralytic. As we learned...

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Day 04 - Galilee:: Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes, Magdala, Mount Arbel, Ancient Boat (Ginosar), Galilee Boat Ride, Susita

posted on Sunday December 04 2022 at 1:00 am UTC

Day four of our Israel trip started with prayer and devotion on the beach in Galilee. Then, we traveled to the city of Capernaum learning how Jesus’ ministry there fulfills the prophesy of Isaiah. This is where Jesus recruited his disciples from a community of...

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Day 03 - Judean Wilderness: Ein Gedi, Qumran, Lower Jordan, Jericho

posted on Friday December 02 2022 at 9:00 pm UTC

We started our day in Ein Gedi listening to Pastor Matt describe the scene where David cut off Saul’s Robe while he was “pooping” in a cave. What a way to start your day and consider how one interprets the providence of God! Sitting under the shade of the trees in the desert heat looking...

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Day 02 - Negev: Masada, Bedouin Experience, Tel Arad, Dead Sea Swim

posted on Thursday December 01 2022 at 11:00 pm UTC

Day 2 on our trip started at the lowest point on the earth – the Dead Sea. You will find the Dead Sea in the Jordan Rift Valley, between the countries of Israel and Jordan. The Dead Sea at 1414 feet below sea level and a salt concentration of 34 percent sits in a vast desert region...

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Day 01 - Shephelah: Yad Hashmonah, Beth Shemesh, Elah Valley, Beersheba

posted on Wednesday November 30 2022 at 9:00 pm UTC

The Bible came alive as we experienced the land on our first day. We started out in Kiriath-Jearim where we reflected on God’s love and faithful presence in the area where the ark of the covenant initially resided before David moved it to Jerusalem (1 Samuel 7).  We smelled the herbs, saw...

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Day 00 - ARRIVAL

posted on Wednesday November 30 2022 at 1:00 am UTC

We have arrived safely in Israel and will soon share photos from our first day of touring!...

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Preparing for Israel

posted on Thursday November 03 2022 at 4:49 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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