“The difference between black-and-white and high-definition television.”
That’s one way Dr. Greg Trull and Dr. Tim Anderson describe the difference between learning about the Holy Land from a textbook and seeing it in person.
Ministry professors and close friends, Trull and Anderson have been teaching together at Corban for 16 years. Now they’re realizing a dream they’ve shared for much of that time – to take students and alumni on a tour of Israel.
Trull and Anderson have announced their plans to take 24-48 interested Corban students and alumni on a 10-day study tour of Israel during spring break 2008. The trip will feature Bible teaching at the very places where some of the most important events in Christian history happened. Corban students will be able to earn academic credit.
“We are just giddy with excitement,” Anderson says. “We believe that visiting Israel is an integral part of reading the Bible well.”
Highlights on the 10-day trip start with Caesarea, where Peter proclaimed the gospel to the Roman centurion; Mount Carmel, where Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal; and Nazareth, Jesus’ hometown. Others include the Sea of Galilee, the Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum and the place in the Jordan River Jesus is believed to have been baptized. The itinerary leads on to the New Testament city of Caesarea Philippi, Jericho and the Dead Sea.
Additional destinations are Jerusalem; the Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane. In Jerusalem, stops include Hezekiah’s Tunnel, the Temple Mount, the Via Dolorosa (the Way of the Cross) and more. Besides the many biblical sites enjoyed, the trip will include time at Masada, the famed “last stand” of the Jewish zealots against Rome and at the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book, home to some of the most significant ancient artifacts, including the Dead Sea Scrolls. Modern history will also be seen in visiting Yad Vashem, Israel’s holocaust museum.
“This is not a typical tourist trip,” Trull says. “This is an active study trip, where we’ll be walking the Land and staying overnight in kibbutzim. We will stay in a kibbutz hotel on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, on the shores of the Dead Sea and one within the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. We hope participants come away with a deep appreciation of the significance of Scripture.”
“It’s the real events, the real places,” Anderson chimes in, noting with a chuckle that bantering between professors is a guaranteed part of this co-led trip. Both see the trip as more than a historic exercise. In their lessons, they’ll cover Israel’s past, present and future.
“As evangelicals and dispensationalists, we believe God still has a plan for his people,” Anderson says. “We will not only be standing where God has acted miraculously in the past, but where Christ will one day return to rule this world. Our faith will be strengthened by history past and history promised.”
Corban students and alumni who want to receive more information about the trip should call Jan Hopkins at 503-375-7018. Registration will be open through late fall ’07.