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Israel & Jordan 2019

Follow us as we explore Biblical sites in both Israel & Jordan from May 1 – 15, 2019. Photo Travel Blog Instagram Facebook Click here to learn more about this tour.  

We visited the ruins of Jerash in Jordan, a city conquered by Pompey in 63 BCE. It was one of the 10 great Decapolis cities of the Roman Empire. We will see Hadrian’s Arch, built in 129 CE in honor of the visit of Emperor Hadrian. Behind the arch is …

Mt. Nebo where Moses gazed out upon the promised land Example of a rolling tomb stone seen atop Mt. Nebo Map of the possible Exodus route This 6th century Madaba Mosaic Map depicts the holy land One of our tour members is interviewed by a local station regarding value of …

TRAVELING TO PETRA Some of our group took horses down to the 6th century B.C.E. ruins of Petra Others took horse carts down to the 6th century B.C.E. ruins of Petra Most of our group walked down to the 6th century B.C.E. ruins of Petra A quick break as our …

Some camels have stopped to visit our Wadi Rum campsite this morning Camels enjoy their breakfast by stretching over the fence We discovered fancy robes in our Wadi Rum luxury tents! After we left the Wadi Rum, we spent a relaxing afternoon at our oceanside resort in the Gulf of …

Today we enjoyed a day of rest at the Movenpick Resort with roller-skate lunch service! Just beyond this pool, the beachfront water of the Gulf of Aqaba opens to the Red Sea. Egypt can be seen in the distance. We thoroughly enjoyed swimming in the resort’s many pools. The Movenpick …

TIMNA PARK Having held our church service at the Movenpick Resort on Saturday, we set out early this morning to cross the border into Israel. Our first stop was Timna Valley where copper mining began in the 5th millennium B.C.E. Mining continued by the Israelites and Nabateans through the Roman …

MOUNT OF TEMPTATION We began our day with a Bible talk at the base of the Mount of Temptation. A Greek Orthodox monastery was built into the mountain’s slopes (see upper left side of picture). We then shopped at an appropriately named store! The ladies had quite a few scarves …

CAESAREA PHILIPPI This morning we visited Caesarea Philippi, an ancient Roman city mentioned in the gospels of Matthew and Mark. The tribe of Dan was given this region. The people here worshipped the Greek god Pan. It was to this region that Jesus brought his disciples and asked, “Whom say …

BROW OF THE HILL This morning we visited the Brow of the Hill where Jesus was led by the citizens of Nazareth, “that they might cast him down headlong.” Jesus had just announced the fulfillment of one of Isaiah’s prophecies in a nearby synagogue. Brow of the Hill (storm coming …

SEA OF GALILEE SUNRISE This morning we awoke early to catch the sunrise on the Sea of Galilee. Our Bible talk focused on the morning meal that Jesus shared with his disciples following his resurrection and their obedience to his command, “Cast the net on the right side of the …

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THE SPRING OF HAROD We began our day with a beautiful walk to the Spring of Harod The Spring of Harod – this is the place where Gideon gathered his men before fighting the Midianites The Spring of Harod flows from Gideon’s Cave The Spring of Harod – Gideon’s 22,000 …

SHILOH Today we visited ruins of ancient Shiloh At Shiloh we walked down to the site where the early tabernacle stood. The views from Shiloh were also impressive This area was once flat. The tabernacle remained here until the ark was taken into battle and lost The tabernacle would have …

MT. OF OLIVES Jerusalem – This morning, we visited the Mount of Olives from which we could see the old city of Jerusalem. The Mount of Olives, named for the olive groves that once covered its slopes, has also been an important Jewish cemetery for over 3,000 years. We left …

TEMPLE MOUNT This early morning we joined the security line to gain entrance to the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem. We accessed the Temple Mount via a wooden bridge (far left), which connects the Western Wall Prayer Plaza to the Mount. Walking the Temple Mount (the Al-Aqsa …

This morning we visited the Garden Tomb, just outside the Old City walls We learn from one of the site’s volunteers why the Garden Tomb is considered by some to be the site of Jesus’ burial and resurrection An early photograph of Golgotha, adjacent to the Garden Tomb. It’s proximity …