Our day starts in Tel aviv with a general overview of the history of the land of Israel. We will travel along the ancient bibicale route from Jaffa to Jerusalem passing sites of Joshua’s battles, Jesus’s visitation at Emmaus, and witness the geopolitical contest between Great Britain and France. In Jerusalem we will stop for an expansive view of the Judean desert from Mount Scopus and the city of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives.
Jerusalem: sunset view from Mount of Olives
Here you will understand the lay of the land and how it influences the Biblical narrative. From here we will stop at the Valley of Jehoshaphat (The Valley of the Lords Judgment) and see and discuss Gethsemane and learn about the historical developments in architecture in the Church of the Tomb of Mary.
Mt. of Olives, Jerusalem: Church of All Nations (Gethsemane) and Russian Church of Mary Magdalene
We will enter the Old City via the Zion gate and descend to the Jewish Quater and walk along the Cardo and see first hand the final destruction of Jerusalem of Judea and the development of Byzantine Jerusalem. In the Jewish Quarter we will pass by the “Broad Wall” a remnant from the time of King Hezekiah and examine the accuracy of the Biblical text and scientific fact. At the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) we will receive a comprehensive explanation about Jerusalem at the time of the Second Temple. From here we will walk along segments of the Via Dolorosa(Stations o f the Cross) going through the famed Jerusalem market to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (Golgotha) where tradition puts the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.