Travel the Holy Land!
Have you ever been interested in experiencing the Bible firsthand? Are you looking for something to bring the stories of the Bible alive? Have you ever wondered what walking in Jesus' footsteps was like? Come with us as we journey through Jerusalem, Galilee, Capernaum, and so much more!
The Golan is bounded by the Jordan River and the Sea of Galilee on the west, Mount Hermon (Hebrew: Har Ḥermon) on the north, the seasonal Wadi Al-Ruqqād (a north-south branch of the Yarmūk River) on the east, and the Yarmūk River on the south. The Golan extends about 44 miles (71 km) from north to south and about 27 miles (43 km) from east to west at its widest point. It is roughly boat-shaped and has an area of 444 square miles (1,150 square km). The area’s name is from the biblical city of refuge Golan in Bashan (Deuteronomy 4:43; Joshua 20:8).
Mount Carmel, Hebrew Har Ha-karmel, mountain range, northwestern Israel; the city of Haifa is on its northeastern slope. It divides the Plain of Esdraelon (ʿEmeq Yizreʿel) and the Galilee (east and north) from the coastal Plain of Sharon (south). Mount Carmel is also where Elijah confronted the false prophets of Baal (I Kings 18).
Sea of Galilee
Sea of Galilee, also called Lake Tiberias, Hebrew Yam Kinneret, is the largest freshwater lake in Israel through which the Jordan River flows. It is famous for its biblical associations; its Old Testament name was Sea of Chinnereth, and later it was called the Lake of Gennesaret. The Sea of Galilee is located in the great depression of the Jordan. The Plain of Gennesaret extends in a circular arc from the north to the northwest, and the Plain of Bet Ẓayda (Buteiha) in Syria extends to the northeast. To the west and southwest, the hills of Lower Galilee fall abruptly to the lake’s edge. In the mid-eastern sections, the cliffs of the Golan Heights overlook the lake.
Jerusalem, Hebrew Yerushalayim, is estimated to have been a city for over 5000 years and was captured by David and made the capital of Israel in 1000 BC. Jerusalem was razed by the Babylonians (Nebuchadnezzar) in the 6th century BC, which lead to the Persians (Cyrus) conquered Babylon just before the 5th century BC, where they permitted the Jews to return to their land which lasted 200 years. Around the 3rd century BC, Alexander the Great conquered the Persian empire leading to another 200 years of foreign rule but ultimately lead to the Maccabean revolt and a semi-independence until the Romans conquered Israel. Finally Jerusalem was ruled over by the Romans for little over a hundred years but was decimated in the 1st and 2nd centuries AD and ultimately lead to the banishing of the Jewish population. In all of this, God's faithfulness and steadfast love has been shown through Israel's return to their promised land and Jerusalem wholly returned to the rule of the State of Israel in 1967 with a current estimated population of 957,000.
Israel, a country bursting with history, archaeology, nature reserves, ethnic customs and cultures, science and technology, performing and visual arts, wine and cuisine, is yours for the asking. E.D.I. goes that extra mile to make your trip an unforgettable one
For those who are interested in going to Israel on Jan 17-27 of 2023, we will be having a meeting after church on Oct 2 to talk about the trip and to take deposits. The total cost for the trip is $4,200 per person, but the deposit due on Oct 2 will be $500 per individual. The deposit is due on Oct 2, to reserve your place on this trip. Deposits will need to be in person in the form of a check or cash (unless otherwise arranged ahead of time with Pastor Stuart). The final payment for the trip will be in late November.