Israel Study Tour with Harbor Churches

May 1-12, 2023

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

posted on Thursday May 11 2023 at 7:00 pm UTC

Shalom, Shalom! Endings are always bittersweet. So, let’s start with the sweet… Today we walked in the steps of the last days of Jesus.  We spent some time walking on the Temple Mount – and reflected on all the epic stories that happened in that small piece of geography. ...

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Day 08 - Jerusalem: City of David, Hezekiah's Tunnel, Pool of Siloam, Western Wall, Temple Mount, Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane

posted on Thursday May 11 2023 at 12:00 am UTC

Shalom, Shalom! Today we explored the areas around Jerusalem. So much of the Biblical story (and, quite frankly, world history) takes place within these few square miles. First:  We visited the City of David. Recently, archeologists discovered what is believed to be the very palace David lived...

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Day 07 - Jerusalem: City of David, Hezekiah's Tunnel, Herodium, Bethlehem, Johnny's (shopping)

posted on Wednesday May 10 2023 at 12:00 am UTC

Shalom, Shalom! Today was our first day in Jerusalem … kind of.   (Technically TOMORROW will be our first day in the heart of the city.  Today we spent our time all AROUND the city).   Today we looked at … the beginning. We began our day in the Herodian: ...

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

posted on Tuesday May 09 2023 at 12:00 am UTC

Shalom Shalom! Over the last 6 days, we have been witnessing a story as it develops. Day 1:  We started in a land known as the Shephelah. This is the land where God’s people meet the challenges of their world.  We started here because, in many ways, this is our world.  Days...

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Day 05 - Galilee: Katzrin, Mount Bental, Caesarea Philippi, Tel Dan

posted on Monday May 08 2023 at 12:00 am UTC

Shalom, Shalom! We have reached the half way point of our trip. It feels like we are just getting started … And, at the same time, it feels like we’ve been together for weeks! To fully appreciate the world of Jesus requires an understanding of culture, geography, language, architecture...

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

posted on Saturday May 06 2023 at 8:00 pm UTC

Shalom, Shalom! Today was a BIG DAY on our trip. Why? Today we explored the land where Jesus lived, taught, and performed the overwhelming majority of his miracles. Our day started with an option. For some, the option was to hike one of the most rigorous hikes in the entire Galilee. For...

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Day 03 - Negev: Masada, Ein Gedi, Qumran, Lower Jordan

posted on Saturday May 06 2023 at 12:00 am UTC

Shalom, Shalom! On Day 3 in Israel we explored … THE DESERT … again! Today was even hotter than yesterday … 103 degrees, with very little shade. However, the heat of today actually helped us understand the lesson:  WATER IS LIFE. In particular, we compared two images: ...

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Day 02 - Negev: Wilderness of Zin, Bedouin Hospitality, Tel Arad, Dead Sea

posted on Friday May 05 2023 at 12:00 am UTC

Shalom, Shalom! Today we explored … THE DESERT!   We woke up early to a warm (i.e. HOT) day at the Dead Sea. We ate breakfast, shared devotions and then immediately loaded the bus to drive deep into the heart of the desert. So much of the Bible takes place in the desert –...

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

posted on Wednesday May 03 2023 at 11:00 pm UTC

After a late night arrival in Israel Monday night, we were able to spend today touring the land of Israel. Day 1 is all about:  “Though we may be separated by thousands of years of history, the Biblical text actually has a lot to speak into the everyday conflicts of our world.” We...

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Day 00 - ARRIVAL

posted on Wednesday May 03 2023 at 12:00 am UTC

We made it! After a long day of travel, we’re finally here. We’re excited to start our time in the land in the morning, but first… we’re going to get some sleep. We look forward to updating you Wednesday about our first day on tour!...

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Preparing for Israel

posted on Thursday Apr 06 2023 at 3:17 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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