Past Israel and Jordan Study Seminar

Global Education Course In Israel and Jordan
OT-523:  “Study Seminar in Israel and Jordan”

Experience new depth and richness in your personal Bible study and future teaching and preaching ministry by taking OT-523. “Study Seminar in Israel and Jordan” offers a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the physical/historical geography and material culture of Biblical peoples.

This course offers many and varied opportunities to walk, see, feel and touch the roots of your faith, encounter the divine and sense His presence. Follow the Children of Israel on their journey to the Promised Land. Continue to Mount Nebo where Moses looked out onto the Promised Land before he died (Deuteronomy 34). Cross the Jordan River into Israel. Sing the Psalm of Ascent while going up to Jerusalem.

The course also provides fresh insight into the life and ministry of Christ. Visit Shepherds’ Field where the Good News of Jesus’ birth was announced. Tour his birthplace in Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity. Attend a baptism service in the same Jordan waters where Christ was baptized. Sail the Sea of Galilee in a wooden fishing boat recalling Christ’s exchange with the fishermen. Walk the Palm Sunday road to the Garden of Gethsemane, site of Jesus’ betrayal (Luke 22). Visit the Upper Room, and follow the Way of the Cross---out the Damascus Gate to the Garden Tomb Culminate the course with a moving communion service at Calvary.

Reading assignments and on-site lectures will seek to integrate the empirical data of archaeology with the personages, regions, sites and events of biblical history. As part of the course, students will assist at an archeological dig by removing and sorting rubble taken from the Temple Mount. These contextual learning opportunities will significantly enhance your knowledge of the chronological and historical framework of the Bible. This course continues the legacy of former GCTS President, Robert Cooley, and Professor Gary Pratico by working in partnership with Journeys Unlimited. Our liaison with Journeys Unlimited is Group Manager, Linda Moore.

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