Some Study Tours and Themes To Consider
If you are not exactly sure what you might like to see and do while in Eretz Israel, consider some specialized on-location biblical and historical studies. Below, are some of my personal favorites, which can be built to accommodate your needs, from one to three days.
Below, if you do not see something that might interest you, contact me and ask me for some more of my favorites and I will do my best to try to help.
However, when you contact me, please give me a brief snapshot of your personal religious background and interests along with some information about your own spiritual journey and I will try to help you further, if possible.
Below, consider some of the following themes and sites to fill up your touring days in Eretz Israel:
- THE ROMAN SEIGE OF YODEFAT IN THE GALILEE. We will go through some selected readings from the Jewish historian Josephus.
- WALKING THE RUINS OF ANCIENT CANA OF THE GALILEE. Based on John 2:11, we will study about the ancient village of Cana in the Galilee, where Yeshua turned the water into wine. This site was an archaeological excavation and is not the same location as the current Catholic site.
- GEOLOGICAL STRUCTURES AND CAVES OF THE MEDITERRANEAN AT ROSH HANIKRA. A study in Land of Israel’s geology and geomorphology.
- ISRAEL’s 19TH AND EARLY 20TH CENTURY JEWISH ZIONISM MOVEMENTS. All this, leading up to the establishing of the Modern State of Israel. This includes visits to sites in Tel Aviv, Netanya, and numerous kibbutzim such as Yad Mordechai.
- ORGANIC FARMING AND WINE PRODUCTION IN THE LAND OF ISRAEL.
- THE FORBIDDEN AND LOST WADIS AND DEEP CANYONS OF THE NEGEV. This includes day hikes into the northern, central, and southern Negev, including the Arava.
- FAMOUS BATTLES and BATTLEFIELDS OF THE BIBLE. In this, we can study the biblical teachings of 1 Samuel 4, 1 Samuel 17, 2 Kings 18:14. Also, we can have a look into the 1973 “Yom Kippur” Valley of Tear’s battle.
- BET SHE’AN. This was a city of the Decapolis in the NT as recorded in Mark 5:20 and 7:31. Earlier in its history, it was under Egypt’s control and later, it fell into Rome’s control.
- ANCIENT WATER SYSTEMS of JERUSALEM and JUDEA. This study will take us to Jerusalem’s Armon haNatziv and points south into the desert regions of Judea. However, some sites may be inaccessible due to safety and security issues.
- HEBRON – CITY OF THE PATRIARCHS. Requires a bullet-proof bus and Israeli armed guards.
- NUWEIBA BEACH AND THE RED-SEA CROSSING. This is likely the site for the Israelite crossing of the Red Sea as this site is the end point for Wadi Watir, the canyon of travel that was made by all Israel in their exodus from Egypt. In the period between 2003 – 2006, I (Avi) made three trips there. Today, it could be a security issue; however, it still may be doable. If you are interested, we will discuss the options.
- BEIT GUVRIN and MARASHA. These sites are excellent for an understanding of Roman construction with amphitheaters and ancient chalk caves.
- ANCIENT ISRAEL BURIAL PRACTICES AND STYLES.
- AKKO – ANCIENT PTOLEMAIS (Acts 21:7).
- CASTLES and FORTS such as CASTLE BELVOIR (well preserved and still intact 1100’s Crusader Castle), DOK DAGAN (Karantal – Hasmonean) AND CYPROS (Herod’s mother’s fortress), ATERET: an1100s Crusader fort built at the meeting of two tectonic plates – the African Plate and the Asian Plate. Its history involves the Christian Crusaders and the Muslim ruler Salah-a-din, of Egypt; HERODIAN: KING HEROD’s MANMADE MOUNTAIN. This was King Herod’s great private fortress “country club” and later, his burial tomb.
- SARTABA. This was a mountain where King Herod had a huge place complete with a built-in water system. It was called Alexandrium as referenced from the writings of the Jewish historian Josephus. Optional: a five-hour round trip hike to the top of the mountain. This is only for the advanced physically-fit person.
- ISRAEL MUSEUM – JERUSALEM. Easily, you can spend five hours at this air-conditioned location, walking through numerous exhibits of original artifacts on display.
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