By John Pierce
The most common response from first-time visitors to Israel is that the familiar Bible stories learned since childhood (via flannelgraph, for many of us) came alive.
There is something transformative about breathing the arid air, touching the ancient walls, sailing the waters of Galilee and walking the well-trodden city streets and the scenic paths in the countryside.
Such a pilgrimage is greatly enhanced when led by highly knowledge leaders and accompanied by … well, good company. There is a great chance to have such an experience November 6-17. (Note: These are revised dates from what was published earlier, due to airline availability.)
Tony Cartledge, contributing editor of Baptists Today and writer of the Nurturing Faith Bible Studies (who teaches at Campbell University Divinity School as well), will interpret what we see and experience. He holds a Ph.D. from Duke University in Hebrew Scriptures and Ancient Near East Religions.
Also, we will have the great benefit of traveling with Doron Heiliger, a native of Israel and most-sought-after guide. So our interpreter, guide and company will make for a most enjoyable, insightful and inspirational visit.
We will have the unique opportunity to participate in a hands-on archaeological dig at Moreshah in the Valley of Elah, bringing pottery and other finds to light for the first time in more than 2,000 years. In Ancient Jerusalem (City of David), we will slosh through Hezekiah’s Tunnel leading from Gihon Spring to the Pool of Siloam.
In Jerusalem, we will view the city from the Mount of Olives, walk the Palm Sunday Road, visit the Garden of Gethsemane, pray at the Western Wall and follow the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
We will visit the Galilean countryside to sail on the Sea of Galilee and see a recovered boat from the time of Jesus. We will go to Bethlehem to see Shepherd’s Field and the Church of the Nativity.
We will visit Megiddo and other ancient cities, Nazareth, Capernaum, the Mount of the Beatitudes, the Golan Heights, the Jordan River, Jericho, Qumran, Masada and the Dead Sea as well as other important places — with our able guide and knowledgeable interpreter providing insights at each stop.
The cost of $3,800 includes airfare (from select cities), lodging, breakfasts and dinners, and travel on a luxury motor coach for the entire trip.
To reserve your space, send a deposit of $250 per person, payable to Baptists Today and marked “Israel,” to P.O. Box 6318, Macon, GA 31208-6318. Include the full name of each person, mailing address, email and phone numbers.
Indicate your departure city as Atlanta, Raleigh-Durham or Dallas-Ft. Worth. If from another region of the country, please let us see if we can secure a closer departing airport. (Following connecting flights, the group will travel together from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv.)
Full payment will be due July 1. Any refunds due to cancellations will be based on airlines/accommodation policies. Remember: the travel dates are November 6-17. This will be a memorable experience.