Experience the land and lessons of the Bible!

Israel Study Tour with Thornapple Covenant Church

To learn more email your travel coordinator Dot Holleman or call us at 800-829-8234 or 616-396-1234

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13 days including travel
May 21 - Jun 2, 2019

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Thornapple Covenant Church and Dr. Gary Burge

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You’re invited to join us on a 13 day, all-inclusive Israel Study Tour.

You will be immersed in the land and lessons of the Bible as you’re led on a journey through Scripture while your local guide and driver will bring the past and present culture of Israel alive to all your senses.

Unlike other Holy Land tours, this tour is solely focused on bringing Scripture to life through first-hand experiences in the places the stories actually happened. An all-inclusive trip you’ll be free to focus on each moment without worrying about lodging, tips, transportation, entrance fees, food or water.

What is a GTI Study Tour?

We’ve built into our study tours everything you need for an enjoyable and educational trip. We want you to be fully focused on the lessons and experiences you’ll encounter, and not be distracted by local tipping practices, transportation arrangements, or meal planning.

We believe that as a Study Tour participant you’re not a mere tourist—you’re an investment! This is evident from the moment you book your trip, through to the time you return home to share what you’ve learned with your friends and family.

Our seasoned guides and ministry partners do so much more than handle the details and keep things on schedule. Our local guides have personal experience and intimate knowledge of the places and events you’ll examine, and our ministry partner’s teachers have a shepherd’s heart and a passion for God’s word.

The guides have been so personable and so knowledgeable and so friendly. There's just never a bad day for these guys. They make you very comfortable throughout the trip.

— Steve

We got to walk the land and it made our bibles come alive, and my son being 17, he needed it to come alive. It solidified his foundation in his faith.

— Joey

GTI has done such a great job of taking care of everything... allowing us to feel at home and really focus on the things we needed to from the very beginning.

— Jordan

Dr. Gary Burge

Professor of New Testament , Calvin Theological Seminary

When Lebanon’s tragic civil war broke out in the mid 1970’s, I was a student at the American University of Beirut studying international politics and Islam. I never realized what an indelible mark this year would put on me as this dangerous national tragedy unfolded. Since the university witnessed sporadic closures, I began studying at Beirut’s Near East School of Theology (an Arab-Armenian seminary) and there for the first time was exposed to the technical study of the New Testament (under the guidance of Dr. Kenneth E. Bailey). It seemed that from here my life found its twin navigational markers: the New Testament and the world of the Middle East.

My goal as a speaker, teacher and scholar is to help us realize how knowing the unique world of the Middle East and ancient Judaism can shape how we read the Bible today. This is particularly true of the gospels. Jesus' cultural reflexes were different than ours and unless we understand him in his world, we risk misrepresenting his story. In addition, knowing the world of the Middle East (and its churches) will also transform our understanding of modern issues that persist in that part of the world.

Following graduation from Fuller Seminary, I completed a Ph.D. in New Testament at King's College, Aberdeen University, Scotland. My research was published as The Anointed Community, The Holy Spirit in the Johannine Tradition and this launched a long-standing interest in the literature of John which continues to this day in books and articles

But in addition, I have also retained my passion for the Middle East and travel there regularly. I have also had the good fortune of being befriended by many Arabic-speaking Christian leaders and pastors from Damascus to Jerusalem to Cairo. And their 2000 year story of life and courage is nothing less than inspiring.

EDUCATIONPh.D., King’s College, Aberdeen University, ScotlandResearch: “The Anointed Community: the Holy Spirit & the Johannine Tradition.” Mentor: I. H. MarshallM.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CAB.A., University of California, Riverside; The American University, Beirut, Lebanon

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  • $4600.00 base cost
  • $1100.00 single-occupancy supplement available
  • $100.00 discount if booking prior to Nov 27, 2018

Optional payment schedule available:

  • $500.00 per-person deposit upon registration
  • $2050.00 per-person due by Jan 1, 2019
  • Remaining balance due by Apr 1, 2019
  • R/T economy class air from/to Chicago
  • Deluxe Hotels - Buffet dinner and breakfast daily
  • Deluxe motor coach touring
  • Bottled water on tour
  • All transfers, porterage, entrance fees and taxes
  • Guide and driver tips
  • Fish Lunch in Galilee
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Lunches except one fish lunch in Galilee
  • Full refund less $200 for cancellations after deposit.
  • Full refund less $500 for cancellations after November 27, 2018
  • Full refund less $2000 for cancellations after January 1, 2019
  • No refunds for cancellations after April 1, 2019


Tue May 21

O'Hare to Istanbul ( Depart TK6 at 9:40pm )
Wed May 22

Istanbul to Tel Aviv ( Depart TK788 at 5:55pm )

David Tower Hotel
Thu May 23

Caesarea Maritima, Nazareth, Nazareth Village, Mount Arbel

Caesarea Maritima
Fri May 24

Galilee Boat Ride, Ancient Boat (Ginosar), Magdala, Tabgha, Capernaum, Chorazin

Galilee Boat Ride
Sat May 25

Gamla, Omrit, Banias, Caesarea Philippi

Sun May 26

Beth Shean, Jericho, Lower Jordan, Dead Sea

Beth Shean
Mon May 27

Masada, Ein Gedi, Qumran, Wadi Kelt Overlook

Tue May 28

Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, Pool of Bethesda, Saint Anne's, Sisters of Zion, Jerusalem Old City, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Mount of Olives
Wed May 29

Temple Mount, Rabbinic Tunnels, City of David, Hezekiah's Tunnel, Pool of Siloam, Davidson Center, Southern Steps

Temple Mount
Thu May 30

Church of the Nativity, Beit Sahour, Bethlehem Bible College, Efrat Synagogue, Hebron

Church of the Nativity
Fri May 31

Garden Tomb, Yad Vashem, Israeli Museum

Garden Tomb
Sat Jun 1

Western Wall, Jerusalem, Farewell Dinner

Western Wall
Sun Jun 2

Tel Aviv to Istanbul ( Depart TK785 at 9:55am )
Istanbul to O'Hare ( Depart TK5 at 2:00pm )