The Land of the Bible
June 2–14, 2017
with Allen P. Ross
Our next trip to Israel is scheduled for June 2–14, 2017. The design of this study tour is to trace the biblical and historical roots of the faith as fulfilled in Jesus the Messiah; it will include archaeological sites, biblical settings, geography, culture, ministries and missions. It can truly be a life-changing experience—people who go often say they do not read the Bible the same again.
I have found that this time of year is the best time to go: it will not be rainy or cold as in the winter and early spring, it will not be extremely hot as in the later summer, it will not be too crowded because we will miss the holy days and festivals that draw crowds to compete for hotels and restaurants, and the days will be long enough to see more.
We are constantly aware of the political situation in the land, and do everything to make sure it is a safe and enjoyable experience. If serious trouble flared up, we would cancel the trip of course. But even though there may be conflicts from time to time (usually in areas where we never go), things stay settled most of the time. Every few years a major conflict breaks out in those areas, and then dies down for a few years. I have been doing these trips for many years and have never encountered any difficulty, not even seen a stone thrown in anger, and have never had to cancel. But we are very careful when we go and where we go in the land (or anywhere in the world these days).
On a trip like this everyone has to be flexible. We might find that a site is closed for the day with no reason given, so we re-route the trip on the spot. We will not miss things, but may not follow the exact order. So everyone has to trust us and follow instructions.
The trip is arranged to make it as easy as possible; there will still be a good deal of walking in places, and not usually on smooth pavement; and there will be lots of steps in Jerusalem. But we go at the pace that the people on the trip can handle. Before the trip I send out packets of things to think of for getting ready; in the meantime, if you need to, contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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