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Day 10 - Jerusalem: Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, Saint Anne's, Pool of Bethesda, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Farewell Dinner
Friday Nov 18 2022
10:00 pm UTC
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Day 09 - Jerusalem: City of David, Hezekiah's Tunnel, Southern Steps, Yad Vashem
Thursday Nov 17 2022
9:00 pm UTC
This morning, we left our hotel in modern-day Jerusalem and travelled to the City of David, where historians believe the ancient city-center of Jerusalem stood. This location was chosen for the center because it was near a water source: the Gihon spring. The original tunnel that was dug to bring...
Day 08 - Jerusalem: Temple Mount, Western Wall, Rabbinic Tunnels, Herodium, Bethlehem
Wednesday Nov 16 2022
11:00 pm UTC
We arrived in Jerusalem last night and woke this morning ready to explore the Temple Mount. We were amazed by the sheer size of the platform that Herod built on the mount after the Jews returned from the Babylonian exile. The temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD, but the main platform remains....
Today was centered around our bus journey from the Galilee to Jerusalem. Along the way, we stopped at several sites, the first of which was Megiddo. This was a major trade route connecting Egypt and Mesopotamia. As such, it was a strategic location to control in Bible times. Megiddo was built by...
Day 06 - Galilee: Beth Shean, Gan HaShlosha, Susita
Monday Nov 14 2022
8:00 pm UTC
Our first stop of the day, Beth She'an, is referenced in the Bible as the place where the Philistines displayed the bodies of Saul and his 3 sons after the battle of Gilboa (1 Samuel 31:8-13). Beth She'an was an important gateway city between the Jordan River Valley and the Jezreel Valley until it...
Day 05 - Galilee: Katzrin, Mount Bental, Caesarea Philippi, Tel Dan
Monday Nov 14 2022
1:00 am UTC
We started our Sunday morning in worship and prayer on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.
We drove up to Katzrin, a Jewish village, to get a glimpse at what daily life was like during Jesus’ time. We got to wear traditional clothing (there was even a traditional A’s hat for Pastor Jesse!), make...
*We had a lot of inspiring moments reading scripture at the various locations we visited. We highly recommend coming back and watching all of the devotionals when you have the opportunity.*
Today was an early morning! There was a bike race around the Sea of Galilee, so we had to get on the...
Our first stop of the day was En Gedi, the place where David hid in a cave from Saul. As a reminder, Saul had grown more and more jealous of David and sent his army to hunt and kill David. Pastor Jesse continued the rest of the story and shared a short devotional to the group. David had the opportunity...
Day 02 - Negev: Masada, Bedouin Hospitality, Camel Ride, Wadi Zohar, Dead Sea
Thursday Nov 10 2022
11:00 pm UTC
We began the morning in song and prayer before we headed out for an adventurous day!
Our first stop was the Masada. The Masada was built by Herod around 30 BC. The majority of our group tackled the steep Snake Trail (1,148 ft elevation gain!), which was the only entrance up to Masada (thankfully...
Day 01 - Shephelah: Yad Hashmonah, Beth Shemesh, Azekah, Beth Guvrin (Maresha)
Wednesday Nov 09 2022
9:00 pm UTC
We started the day at Kiriath-Jearim, the place where the Philistines returned the Ark of the Lord to Israel (1 Samuel 6:21-7:1-2). We spent the morning in prayer with one another as we arrived at the first stop of the tour.
Our second stop was Beth Shemesh, located on a large trade route and gate...
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