Israel Study Tour with GTI Tours

January 9-20, 2023

Led by Rich Ferreira
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Trip Blog Posts

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

posted on Thursday January 19 2023 at 9:00 pm UTC

On our incredible final day, we walked as closely as possible in the footsteps of Jesus during his final week leading up to the cross. The morning began at the Mount of Olives overlooking the Temple Mount and Jerusalem. It was stunning to consider that we were sitting in the place where Jesus last...

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Day 08 - Jerusalem: City of David, Hezekiah's Tunnel, Israel Museum, Model of Jerusalem, Yad Vashem

posted on Wednesday January 18 2023 at 11:00 pm UTC

Wow, what an amazing day! Visiting the Temple Mount, being at the Western Wall and going underground to see the massive stones was a great way to begin the day. Being that close to the actual place where the Ark of the Covenant and Solomon’s temple once stood was surreal. Walking through Hezekiah’s...

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

posted on Tuesday January 17 2023 at 8:00 pm UTC

Hello, Jerusalem! We started our day at The Israel Museum. There, we got a look at a model of the city as it mostly was in the first century. Then, it was on to the Shrine Of The Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed. Center stage is the complete book of Isaiah, found fully intact! Next we went...

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

posted on Monday January 16 2023 at 9:00 pm UTC

Today we toured an interesting place next to the tel of Beth She’an. It was a beautiful Roman city built in 63 BC and destroyed by a mega earthquake in 749 AD. Our guide Ronan gave us a graphic picture of the clash of two civilizations that spoke volumes to me. The Romans had become masters...

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Day 05 - Galilee: Katzrin Village, Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippi, and Golan Heights

posted on Sunday January 15 2023 at 10:00 pm UTC

Every day is my new favorite day, as we get deeper into "conquering the land”, becoming one with the land and people of our ancestors in Israel. We started today with a cultural immersion, experiential learning opportunity to help us understand the challenges and joys of 1st-century village...

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

posted on Saturday January 14 2023 at 8:00 pm UTC

Today was our first day exploring the region of Galilee. A group of us hiked up Mt. Arbel, stopping to peek into ancient caves, and experiencing the rugged terrain upon which Jesus had walked. At the top we were greeted by a magnificent view of the Sea of Galilee. I was moved as Joey read from...

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Day 03 - Negev: Ein Gedi, Qumran, Lower Jordan, Shabbat Dinner

posted on Friday January 13 2023 at 10:00 pm UTC

Today our travels took us to Ein Gedi (where we experienced living water in the desert) and Qumran (where God miraculously protected his Word for centuries) but I was especially struck by the teaching at Bethany beyond the Jordan (the location where Jesus was baptized). The first thing you notice...

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

posted on Thursday January 12 2023 at 6:00 pm UTC

This trip has been incredible so far and it's only day 2. History is all around you and every bit of it matters. One of the most meaningful things for me so far was getting to see the shepherds guiding the sheep at the Bedouin Hospitality experience. Having that visual connected to Psalm 23 was a...

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

posted on Wednesday January 11 2023 at 7:00 pm UTC

Our introduction to the land, the lives, and the loyalties of the people of Israel began today with a trip to Yad Hashmonah where we learned about Israeli agriculture, as well as turning agricultural products into life-sustaining goods. From agriculture we turned to the art of war. At Beth Shemesh,...

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Day 00 - Arrival

posted on Tuesday January 10 2023 at 10:00 pm UTC

The Israel Study Tour group of Pastors and Christian Educators has arrived safely in Israel! We are headed to our hotel for a good night's sleep and look forward to our first day on tour tomorrow!...

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Preparing for Israel

posted on Thursday December 15 2022 at 8:12 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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