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- Study Guide
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Day 1 February 14, 2023 – Depart US
Day 2 February 15, 2023 – Arrive in Israel
Welcome to Israel!
Day 3 February 16, 2023 – Caesarea, Megiddo, Mt. Carmel, Jezreel Valley, Nazareth, Cana
Journey to Caesarea by the Sea and stand in the place where it is believed Paul addressed King Herod and Festus (Acts 25, 26). This port city reveals many extensive remains of the theater and other sites, including a Roman aqueduct along the Mediterranean shore. Overlook Tel Megiddo (Armegeddon). Look out over the Valley of Jezreel from the heights of Mount Carmel. On this mount, Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18). Near Tel Megiddo, the Valley of Jezreel is a possible location of the last great war, the Battle of Armageddon. Visit the Franciscan Wedding church in Cana, where you recall Jesus’ first miracle, the changing of water to wine (John 2). Visit Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home (Matthew 2: 23).
Day 4 February 17, 2023 – Golan Heights, Gamla, Bethsaida, Caesarea Philippi, Tel Dan
Travel through the Golan Heights and better understand their strategic importance to the security of Israel. Visit Gamla, known as the "Masada of the North," where Jews held out against the Roman armies in 67 AD, and where many perished when the Romans ultimately overran the almost impregnable fortress/city. Walk the streets of Bethsaida, one of the "cities of woe" mentioned by Jesus in Matthew 11 and where Jesus chose five of His disciples (Matt. 4: 18-21; John 1: 39-51). Journey to Caesarea Philippi, where Peter proclaimed, "You are the Christ" (Matthew 16). Visit Tel Dan, one of ancient Israel's boundary markers - "From Dan to Beersheba".
Day 5 February 18, 2023 – Sea of Galilee, Ancient Boat, Capernaum,Mt of Beatitudes, Beit Shean
This morning, pray and sing hymns as you cross the waters of the Sea of Galilee by boat. At Kibbutz Nof Ginosar, you’ll learn about the “Ancient Boat,” a rare example of the kind of boat in which Jesus would have sailed. Next, travel to Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ ministry. Visit the synagogue on the site where Jesus taught (Matt.4:13, 23). At the Mount of Beatitudes read the sermon on the mount (Matt. 5-7). Visit the Chapel of the Primacy where Peter professed his devotion to the risen Christ (John 21). End your day at Beit Shean, a city continuously inhabited for over 5,000 years. This is the city where Saul and his sons' bodies were hung from its walls (1 Sam. 31). The uncovered ruins date back to the Greek / Roman city that was part of the Decapolis of Jesus' day. See colonnaded streets with marble sidewalks, Roman public baths, and a theater.
Day 6 February 19, 2023 – Masada, Qumran, Dead Sea, Qasr el – Yahud
Visit Masada and the Dead Sea. Masada was Herod’s mountaintop fortress and the last stronghold of the Jewish Rebellion against the Romans. It was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2001. Enjoy a quick dip in the salt and mineral-laden waters of the Dead Sea. Visit Qumran, site of the Dead Sea Scroll discovery, to discuss the mysterious community of Essenes who once lived on the shores of the Dead Sea. End your day at Qasr el – Yahud the site believed to be where Jesus was baptized.
Day 7 February 20, 2023 – Mount of Olives, City of David, Pool of Siloam, Temple Mount, Pool of Bethesda, Church of St Anne, Via Del a Rosa, Antonio Fortress, Rabbis Tunnel
Stand atop the Mount of Olives as Jesus did and enjoy a remarkable view of the "Golden City" of Jerusalem. Forty days after His resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven from the Mount of Olives (Acts 1: 9-12). Wander the excavations of the City of David. Walk the steps to the Pool of Siloam, recently uncovered at the foot of the City. See the Temple Mount, once the site of the Temple of Solomon. View the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus performed the Sabbath miracle (John 5: 1-31). Sing a hymn in the Church of St. Anne, known for its amazing acoustics. Visit Herod’s Antonia Fortress where Jesus was brought before Pontius Pilate (Luke 23: 1-11). Walk the Via Dolorosa, “the Way of the Cross,” Follow the Herodian Support Wall and walk on First Century pavement in the Rabbi's Tunnel.
Day 8 February 21, 2023 – Israel Museum, Temple Institute, Cardo, Western Wall, Yad Vashem
Visit the Israel Museum and see the Model of 1st Century Jerusalem and the famous Dead Sea Scrolls. Visit the Temple Institute where you can see the preparations for the future Jewish Temple. Walk the Cardo, the main street of the Old City. Take time to pray at the Western Wall. Sit on the Teaching Steps where Jesus once taught. Visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial.
Day 9 February 22, 2023 – House of Caiaphas, Garden of Gethsemane, Upper Room, Garden Tomb
Continue to Mount Zion to visit the House of the High Priest Caiaphas where Jesus was questioned (Matt. 26: 57-65). Visit the Garden of Gethsemane (John 18) and take time to pray in the solitude of this place. Finally, the Last Supper comes to life as you visit the Upper Room (Mark 14: 12-26). Visit and worship at the Garden Tomb, possible site of the garden of Joseph of Arimathea, and experience the reality of the Resurrection.
Day 10 February 23, 2023 – Free time in the morning, Bethlehem, Valley of Elah, Depart Israel
As we make our way from Jerusalem on departure day we will drive by Bethlehem. Read the account of the Birth of Jesus and see the land. Make a stop at the Valley of Elah for a reenactment of the story of David and Goliath. Then on to the airport for our return flight. Next year in Jerusalem!!
Day 11 February 24, 2023 - Arrive Home
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