Saturday, June 24, 2017

BIBLE LAND EXPEDITIONS

Travel with archaeologist and Bible scholar, Dr. Steven Collins, through the Land of the Bible this fall, Oct 29 through Nov 12. This program, “Highlights of the Biblical World,” is a remarkable historical and archaeological experience that will forever change the way you look at Scripture! You’ll also enjoy guest scholars along the way. Dr Collins has an intimate knowledge of the Bible Lands that will greatly enhance your enjoyment of this BLE event. The Bible will come alive as you walk in the footsteps of Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David, Solomon, Elijah, John the Baptizer, and Jesus!

Itinerary includes hotels, 2 meals per day, tour transportation, handbook, site passes, transfers, taxes, exit fees, re-entry visa into Jordan, tips. Price: $4,395 (significant early registration discounts apply; ask for details); $750 down payment required. This is the most comprehensive 15-day itinerary imaginable! Sites listed are principle ones, and many others are also included. Availability is limited, so reserve your place today by calling Glenda Austin at (505) 332-4253, or register online at shop.tsu-edu.us. This exciting itinerary is unique, and only available through BLE!

Itinerary pricing does not include: airfare, initial visa into Jordan (available at the airport when you arrive), taxi rides from/to airport, or lunches.

ITINERARY:

Travel Day (Thu, Oct 29) Depart USA and other points of departure. Travel day; arriving in Amman, Jordan, on Tour Day 1 (Fri, Oct 30).

Tour Day 1 (Fri, Oct 30) Arrive Amman, Jordan; We’ll all meet at the Rum Hotel Al Waleed in the Swefieh district of Amman. Special afternoon and evening events are planned.

Tour Day 2 (Sat, Oct 31) Edom: Petra. We’ll visit the amazing rose-red, Nabatean city of Petra carved out of surrounding sandstone cliffs. From the 2nd century BC to the 2nd century AD, the Nabateans controlled regional caravans from their Petra headquarters. Aaron was buried on a mountaintop near Petra. This is a great day for some serious hiking, or just casually enjoying the wonders of Petra, recently voted one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. It is truly amazing! Overnight Amman.

Tour Day 3 (Sun, Nov 1) Transjordan Highlands, Ammon: Aroer; Dibon; Machaerus; Heshbon; Mount Nebo. We’ll pass through the lands of the Edomites, Moabites, and Ammonites, and many of the cities conquered by Moses and the Israelites. We’ll view the spectacular Arnon Gorge (Wadi Mujib) from Aroer, which became the southern border of the tribe of Reuben. We’ll trace the steps of Moses to Mount Nebo where he viewed the Promised Land, and later was buried. From Nebo you’ll see a dramatic panorama sweeping from the Dead Sea northward up the Jordan Valley, and the Jordan Disk, home of the infamous Cities of the Plain. Overnight Amman.

Tour Day 4 (Mon, Nov 2) Jordan Valley, Gilead, Decapolis, Galilee: Jerash; border crossing to Israel; Beth Shean; Tiberias. We’ll travel through the heart of the kingdom of Gilead conquered by Moses, which later became Solomon’s Gilead District. We’ll enter the “Ten Cities” (Decapolis) area visited by Jesus, and the home town of the Gaderene Demoniac, first missionary to the Roman world of the Transjordan. We’ll take in an incredible view of the Yarmuk River Gorge with views of the Sea of Galilee and the Golan to the north. We’ll pass near Ramoth Gilead and cross the Jordan River into Israel, visiting Beth Shean where Saul’s body was hung from the city wall. It’s also the site of Scythopolis, a remarkable example of a Roman city. We’ll enter Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee through a little-known Early Bronze Age city, home to a little family of Hittite potters with interesting ties to the story of Abram centuries later. Overnight Tiberias, Scots Hotel.

Tour Day 5 (Tue, Nov 3) Galilee, Golan: Hazor; Dan; Caesarea Philippi (Banyas); Jordan River. Get ready for an unbelievable day. We’ll pass though areas frequented by Jesus and his disciples. We’ll visit Caesarea Philippi, Jesus’ favorite northern city built by Herod Phillip. We’ll glimpse Mount Hermon, probably the Mount of Transfiguration.  We’ll meander up to mammoth Hazor, “chief among all the Canaanite cities,” conquered and burned by Joshua. We’ll visit Middle Bronze Age Laish/Dan of Abram’s time, and later Dan of the Israelites. We’ll see the altar built at Dan by Jeroboam (site of the “sins of Jeroboam”), and stand against the huge walls of the Iron Age city. We’ll finish the day with a view of the Sea of Galilee from the Golan in which you’ll see its entire shoreline at one time. Overnight Tiberias

Tour Day 6 (Wed, Nov 4) Galilee: Bethsaida; Capernaum; Korazin; boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. On this day we’ll walk the streets, paths, and trails followed by Jesus and his disciples. We’ll stroll through the hometown of Peter, Andrew, and Phillip, and see the views witnessed by a blind man healed by Jesus near Bethsaida. We’ll walk through the gates of Zer/Zed, capital of the Kingdom of Geshur overlooking Lake Kinneret, hometown of Absalom’s grandparents (the King and Queen of Geshur, allies and in-laws of King David). We’ll visit the three cities of the “Evangelical Triangle,” cursed by Jesus and destroyed by the Romans a generation later, as predicted. We’ll finish the day cruising from Ginnosar to Tiberias. Overnight Tiberias.

Tour Day 7 (Thu, Nov 5) Jezreel Valley, Harod Valley, Coastal Plains: Jezreel (city); Megiddo; rolling stone tombs; Caesarea Maritima. On this day we’ll head up the Jezreel Valley past Jezreel, the city of Ahab and Jezebel. We’ll get views of Mount Gilboa (of Saul and Jonathan), En Harod (of Gideon), Mount Tabor, Endor (of witch fame), Nazareth, and the Jezreel Valley, the fertile bread basket of ancient Israel. Solomon’s guardian city, Megiddo (also referred to as “Armageddon”), awaits us with many stories to tell, and amazing views. Along the way we’ll stop at a fine example of a rolling stone tomb. When we get to Caesarea on the Sea, we’ll sense the remarkable abilities of King Herod as a builder extraordinaire. We’ll drop by Paul’s place of “imprisonment” for an unforgettable appointment with New Testament history. Overnight Jerusalem, Dan Panorama Hotel.

Tour Day 8 (Fri, Nov 6) Judean Wilderness, Jordan Valley, Dead Sea: Qumran; Ein Gedi; Masada; Jericho (if possible). Many Old Testament prophets, Jesus, and John the Baptist spent time in the wilderness we will drive through on this day. We’ll visit Qumran, the “home” of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and view the battleground where Kedorlaomer fought against the army of Sodom and Gomorrah over one and a half millennia earlier. We’ll see Ein Gedi (Hazazon Tamar) where Kedorlaomer defeated the Amorites, and see why it was also one of King David’s favorite haunts centuries later. Masada, the mountaintop fortress of Herod the Great, is spectacular from every angle, and the tram ride up is great fun. You’ll marvel at the “last stand” of the First Jewish Revolt. Overnight Jerusalem.

Tour Day 9 (Sat, Nov 7) Central Highlands, environs of Old Testament Jerusalem: Haas Promenade overlook; the Jerusalem of Melchizedek and the Jebusites; City of David (Area G, Gihon water works and walls of OT Jerusalem); Broad Wall; Israel Museum. We can stand above the defensive walls of Melchizedek’s city, walk through the tunnel dug by King Hezekiah, stand at the place where Abram met with King Melchizedek and see the very spot where Solomon was anointed king of Israel! You’re in for quite a day! Overnight Jerusalem.

Tour Day 10 (Sun, Nov 8) Central Highlands, environs of New Testament Jerusalem: Mount of Olives overlooking the Temple Mount; Wohl Museum; Garden of Gethsemane; Western Wall; SW Temple Mount Excavations; Pools of Bethesda; Via Dolorosa. On this day, we’ll touch the Passion of the Christ. Later we’ll walk down a Herodian street where giant architectural stones crashed down on the stone pavement as the Romans destroyed the Temple complex in AD 70. And the Western Wall plaza is always full of fierce and tender emotions. Overnight Jerusalem.

Tour Day 11 (Mon, Nov 9). Free day in Jerusalem: This is a great day to re-visit places you’ve wanted to see again, or seek out new sights and experiences in and around the Holy City. Overnight Jerusalem.

Tour Day 12 (Tue, Nov 10) Jordan Valley; Gilead: border crossing into Jordan; Umm Qais (Gadara). We’ll visit the Decapolis lands where Jesus ministered, and take in some amazing views of the Yarmuk River and the Sea of Galilee from the Land of Giliad. Truly an amazing day! Overnight Madaba.

Tour Day 13 (Wed, Nov 11) Dead Sea, Kikkar of the Jordan River: Sodom (Tall el-Hammam) and Gomorrah (Tall Kafrein); Abel-Shittim (where the Ark of the Covenant rested before crossing the Jordan). We’ll visit the location of the Israelite encampment on the Plains of Moab, and stand where the Tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant rested before being carried across the Jordan River. We’ll walk over evil’s “ground zero” at Sodom, stand on its defensive ramparts and in its gateway, and even touch the ashes of its destruction. You will never forget this day! Overnight Madaba.

Travel Day (Thu, Nov 12) Departure day.

Note: Some aspects of this itinerary are subject to change as deemed necessary by the tour leaders. Including travel days, this is a 15-day itinerary.