Doctors Greg Trull and Tim Anderson of the School of Ministry are hosting their 2012 Bible Lands Study Tour. It will be unforgettable study tour to Israel May 20-29 with an optional Jordan pre-tour extension May 16-20. Corban travelers - current students and active alum - will experience the biblical sites where the greatest events in human history have and will take place. As an added bonus, Corban students are able to maximize their trip by taking the “Land of the Bible” course during the spring of 2012, while alum may either take the class or participate through the course website. This prepares the travelers in advance for being able to make deeper connections with what they will be seeing and experiencing in the Holy Land.
Trull and Anderson give the following description of the tour of the land of Israel. “The base tour will begin in southern Israel where we will experience places like the Dead Sea, Masada and Qumran. We will then move to northern Israel and Galilee. Highlights will include Capernaum, Caesarea on the Sea and ancient Dan. We will also share worship together as part of a sunset boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Our tour will climax in Jerusalem, the heart of the Holy Land. History will surround us as we walk in the steps of David, Nehemiah and Christ. Our last day, we will retrace the final ministry, sacrifice and resurrection of Christ. We’ll move from His healing of the lame at the Pool of Bethesda, to the prayer in Gethsemane and on to Calvary and the Open Tomb.”
They also describe the pre-tour extension to Jordan. “We will travel north to south, seeing important places like Mount Nebo, where Moses viewed the Promised Land; Jerash, important city of the Gospels and massive first-century excavation and reconstruction; and the famous hidden desert city, Petra. We will also experience the land and life of biblical shepherds. Jeeps will take us deep into the wilderness where ancient nomads travelled and camped. Native Bedouins, who continue to live as nomads, will host us for an overnight camp under the stars. Then before beginning the base tour, the Jordan group will be able to snorkel in the Red Sea and experience the Tabernacle replica in the Wilderness at Timnah. A can’t-miss extension!”
Those interested can contact Greg Trull (firstname.lastname@example.org) with their name, mailing address and phone number. Information on the tour is also now on Facebook at “Corban Israel-Jordan Study Tour”.
Optional Jordan Extension Highlights
The spiritual adventure begins as the group departs from the U.S. for their long-awaited destinations—Israel and Jordan.
Jerash – The ancient city of Decapolis and one of the most incredible archaeological sites in the Middle East. The impressive, beautifully preserved ruins of Jerash include places of worship and other buildings from the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and early Muslim periods.
Medaba - Home of the oldest mosaic map of the ancient Holy Land. It is comprised of two million stone pieces laid in the floor of the historic Basilica of St. George.
Mount Nebo - The traditional burial place of Moses and the site where he saw the Promised Land he was not allowed to enter. On a clear day, visitors can almost see Jerusalem in the distance.
Petra - Hidden amid the dramatic rock formations of Wadi Musa in Jordan, lies the ancient Nabataean city of Petra. Its magnificent facades were carved out of the red-hued rock more than 2,000 years ago.
Wadi Rum Bedouin Experience - Relaxing around the campfire in the middle of the desert, cooking traditional Bedouin food and tea on a fire, and hearing Bedouin folk stories is the perfect way to experience the beauty that is the Wadi Rum desert. The group will eat as the Bedouin have done for generations, under a canopy of stars, and sleep in tents or in the open air.
Jeep Rides – Ride through the best and most beautiful areas of Wadi Rum, recognized as one of the most striking desertscapes in the world.
Eilat - Located in Israel on the Red Sea, this city was on the route of the Exodus and was the location of King Solomon’s fleet.
Free Morning in Eilat - Those interested can stay back at the hotel to enjoy a relaxing morning by the pool, explore the Eilat area, or snorkel the coral reefs of the Red Sea.
Timnah - Egypt’s ancient copper mines and site of the red-hued Pillars of Solomon.
Tabernacle in the Wilderness - A student favorite, explore a replica of the Tabernacle with a guide to explain the significance of this holy place.
Sunday / May 20–21
The spiritual adventure begins as the group departs from Portland to connect with their overnight flight to Tel Aviv.
The Dead Sea - The lowest point on earth, where the group will check into a kibbutz on its shores. The group will have free time to float in the unique waters of the Dead Sea and relax in the sand.
Masada - Herod’s lavish palace-fortress.
Qumran - where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.
Mount Arbel - A breathtaking panorama of the Sea of Galilee and the biblical sites of Jesus’ public ministry. The group will check into their second kibbutz, this time along the Sea of Galilee.
Mount of Beatitudes - Where Jesus Christ delivered the Sermon on the Mount.
Capernaum - Home to many of Jesus’ miracles.
Bet She’an – The location of restored Roman ruins and where the ancient Philistines hung King Saul and his sons.
Dan - Beautiful nature reserve where wicked King Jeroboam set up the golden calf.Caesarea Philippi - At the foot of Mount Hermon where Peter made his great confession, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
See a first-century “Galilee Boat” and an evening of worship on the Sea of Galilee.
Nazareth - Jesus’ hometown, and Nazareth Village, a re-creation of Nazareth as it looked two millennia ago.
Megiddo - Chariot city of King Solomon, where the group will explore remarkable excavations and view the Valley of Jezreel, site of the future gathering of the nations at Armageddon.
Mount Carmel - Where Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal. Caesarea with its famous Roman theater, harbor, newly excavated hippodrome, palace, and aqueducts. Then the group will head to magnificent Jerusalem.
Temple Southern Steps - Where you can actually say, “I walked today where Jesus walked.”
City of David - Ruins of David’s palace.
Warren’s Shaft - The “waterspout” through which David’s forces climbed.
Pool of Siloam - Site of healing miracles by Jesus. Next, the group will wade through the famous Hezekiah’s Tunnel.
Herodium Fortress - Herod’s stronghold and burial place. At sundown the group will have the unique opportunity to watch the Jews usher in Shabbat at the Western (Wailing) Wall, their most sacred site.
Rampart’s Wall - Where the group will walk and pray for the “peace of Jerusalem.”
Tomb of David, Caiaphas’ house, and The Upper Room - Crucial sites in the lives of Jesus and the apostles. Walk the narrow streets and the colorful bazaars of the Old City.
Hezekiah’s City Wall and the ancient marketplace called the Cardo.
Visit the Tower of David Museum and the Israel Museum, where the group will visit theModel of Herodian Jerusalem and the Shrine of the Book to see first century Jerusalem and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
The Temple Mount – Home of the Al Aksa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, where Israel’s Temple once stood. The remainder of our day will be free in Jerusalem to bargain with shopkeepers, return to a site that held special meaning, or people-watch while sipping Turkish coffee at a sidewalk café.
The Mount of Olives.
Dominus Flevit - The spot where Jesus wept over Jerusalem.
Garden of Gethsemane - Where Jesus prayed the night he was betrayed.
The historic Kidron Valley.
The Lion’s Gate and the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the lame man.
Worship time in St. Anne’s Church.
The Via Dolorosa (the Way of Suffering) to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. En route the group will visit Antonio’s Fortress where soldiers placed a crown of thorns upon Jesus. They will share a special communion service at the Garden Tomb and then enjoy a special meal together before heading home.
With heart-changing memories of our walk in the footsteps of Scripture, the group will return to the United States.