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.
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
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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