This basic course provides the best introduction to the Holy Land in a 14 day study tour with both academic and devotional aspects. This course has been the most popular and most requested program at St. George’s College Jerusalem.We begin in Jerusalem with an overview of the Old City. We visit the Holiest Sites of the three Abrahamic faiths: Judaism’s Western Wall, Christianity’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Islam’s Temple Mount. We take day trips to Bethlehem, and the visitation in Ein Kerem. In Jericho we see the oldest city in the world and reaffirm our Baptismal vows at the Jordan River where John baptized Jesus.
The course goes north to Galilee stopping at Caesarea Maritima where St. Paul was imprisoned and Mt. Carmel where Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal. Then on to Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation, the village in which Jesus grew up and the Synagogue where he was rejected. We pass Cana on our way to the Sea of Galilee and Capernaum, Jesus’ home base for three years. While staying 2 nights in Galilee, we visit the Mount of Beatitudes, the place of the Multiplication of the loaves and the Table of Christ where Peter was reconciled to Jesus after his denial. We visit Caesarea Philippi, where Peter confessed Jesus as the Christ, along with Bethsaida and Kursi (the Gerasene Demoniac) returning to Jerusalem after stopping at Mt. Tabor, the place of Transfiguration.
There is an optional trip to Masada, Qumran and the Dead Sea. The course concludes with a Holy Week walk from the top of the Mt. of Olives to the Holy Sepulchre. The last morning begins with a prayerful walk along the via Dolorosa, concluding with Eucharist at Emmaus.
Courses include superb lectures on the themes of the day given by our Course Director and visiting scholars. We also have on site spiritual reflections by our chaplain, group reflections and meaningful worship.
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