Jordan and Israel Open Expedition
December 2 - December 13
Have you ever been frustrated or felt lost, like you’re wandering around in a foreign country when you read the Bible? We the offer the finest expert-led, on-site learning experiences to help learn how to study your bible.
Join Biblical Expeditions for a 12-day trip to the biblical lands of Israel and Jordan. Explore the majesty of Petra, one of the Modern Seven Wonders of the World. Travel through the unknown biblical land of Jordan and see the natural wonders of this country. Wander through the new excavations of the City of David. Engage the physical world of the Old Testament. Experience the lands of the Bible and see how it transforms your reading of the Bible. This trip is open for anyone.
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City of David
$3430 (land only cost)
$730 (addition for single supplement)
Payments Due By:
$750 Deposit at Registration
50% Balance May 15th
Full Balance by Sept 1st
Tour Costs Include:
Hotels including breakfast and dinner
Local English speaking tour guide
Biblical Expeditions expert instructor
All entrances and activities per itinerary
A private AC motor coach with driver
All tour related tips
Biblical Expeditions pre-trip learning and devotional resources
Marc Turnage holds an MA in Ancient Judaism and the Origins of Christianity from Jerusalem University College. He is currently finishing his PhD in the Land of Israel Studies Department at Bar Ilan Univerity located in Ramat Gan, Israel, under the supervision of Professor Esther Eshel. Marc has taught graduate and undergraduate students at several universities in the United States and abroad.
Marc moved to Israel to study because he felt that the issues of spatial, historical, cultural, and spiritual settings played a vital role in how we read the Bible. While studying in Israel, he fell in love with the lands of the Bible. He has been guiding groups through Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, and Italy for over twenty years. Marc is a highly sought-after guide and teacher and routinely trains and lectures local tour guides about guiding Christian groups. He is passionate about leading biblical tours that deliver the very finest experience and helping people understand how to read the Bible.
Marc has published widely for both academic and popular audiences. His most recent book, Windows Into the Bible, was named by Outreach Magazine one of its top 100 Christian living resources. Marc is a widely sought-after speaker, and a gifted teacher. He resides in Springfield, MO with his family.
Tour Itinerary -December 2 - December 13
In The Footsteps of the Patriarchs, Prophets, and Kings - A Journey Through Biblical Jordan
MONDAY DECEMBER 2
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 4
Our morning begins at Mount Carmel where Elijah challenged the prophets of Ba’al (1 Kings 18). We then journey through the Valley of Jezreel. At Megiddo we will view the excavations of 21 layers of settlement superimposed one on the other including remains from Solomon’s days (1 Kings 9).
We drive across the Jezreel Valley to Tel Jezreel where the winter palace of Ahab and Jezebel was located, and in this vicinity was the vineyard of Naboth (1 Kings 21). From Tel Jezreel, we drive up Mount Gilboa (1 Samuel 28) to Har Barkan where we look into the Valley of Dothan (Genesis 37; 2 Kings 6). Our touring day concludes visiting Beth Shean (1 Samuel 31), which has settlement from the Old Testament period as well as an impressive Greco-Roman city.
From Beth Shean, we cross the border into Jordan.
Dinner and overnight at Ajlun.
THURSDAY DECEMBER 5
Our touring day begins visiting Pella, a Hellenistic-Roman period city, that according to Church tradition, followers of Jesus fled here during the siege of Jerusalem in the First Jewish Revolt.
From Pella, we journey to Mahanaim and Penuel where Jacob wrestled with the angel and David fled from Absalom
(Genesis 32; 2 Samuel 17).
Next, we travel to Deir ‘Alla, biblical Succoth(Genesis 33; Joshua 13; 1 Kings 7; Psalm 60). Our day concludes at the Jordan River Baptismal site, which some have identified with “Bethany beyond the Jordan” (John 1:28).
Dinner and overnight the Dead Sea spa hotel.
FRIDAY DECEMBER 6
Our morning begins at the site of Callirohe connected to the death of Herod the Great (Matthew 2). Our journey takes us along the eastern shore of the Dead Sea to the monastery and museum of the Cave of Lot’s Daughters, where we remember the biblical story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and the family of Lot (Genesis 18).
We continue on to Tel As-Safi, biblical Zoar(Genesis 18) and the ancient ruin of Bab edh-Dhra. After lunch, we travel to the Edomite strongholds of Sela (2 Kings 14) and Bozrah (Isaiah 34 and 63).
Our day concludes overlooking the Crusader Castle of Shubaq.
Dinner and overnight Petra.
SATURDAY DECEMBER 7
Our touring day today is taken with visiting the magnificent Nabatean city of Petra, including a jeep tour and hiking up to Aaron’s Tomb (Jebul Haraun; Numbers 20:23).
Dinner and overnight Petra.
SUNDAY DECEMBER 8
We begin our morning at the picturesque village of Dana, which overlooks Wadi Dana. We journey through Nahal Zered (Deuteronomy 2), which formed the natural border between the biblical kingdoms of Moab and Edom.
We travel from the Zered Ravine along the King’s Highway (Numbers 20-21) to the Crusader castle of Kerak, one of the largest castles in the Levant. Continuing along the King’s Highway and the Desert Highway, we drive to Umm ar-Rasas with its Byzantine Church and mosaics.
We next visit the recent archaeological site of Al-Lagun, a palace of Mesha, King of Moab (2 Kings 3), which is situated overlooking the Arnon Gorge (Joshua 13). Our day concludes at the ancient site of Dibon (Joshua 13; Isaiah 15), one of the Moabite capitals.
Dinner and overnight at Zarqa Ma’in and its hot springs.
MONDAY DECEMBER 9
This morning our day begins at Mount Nebo, where Moses looked into the Promised Land before he died (Deuteronomy 32). We then proceed to Heshbon, the capital of the Amorite king Sihon (Numbers 21; Deuteronomy 2).
From Heshbon, we travel to the town of Maedeba (Joshua 13; Isaiah 15) where we will visit the Byzantine Church with its fifth century AD mosaic floor (map) of the Holy Land. We conclude our day visiting the palace-fortress of Macherusbuilt by Herod the Great and conquered by the Roman Army during the First Jewish Revolt.
Dinner and overnight at the hot springs of Zarqa Ma’in.
THURSDAY DECEMBER 10
Our morning begins vising Tel Amman, the ancient site of Rabbath Amman, capital of the Ammonites. We also visit the new Archaeological Museum of Amman, where we will see its ancient treasures, including the Copper Scroll discovered among the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Our day concludes by visiting the Tobiad palace, a Jewish family of the Hellenistic period, at Arak el-Amir.
Dinner and overnight in Amman.
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 11
Our morning today is taken with visiting the impressive Greco-Roman city of Jerash. Here we will visit the impressive theaters, temples, and see the Cardo of the city.
From Jerash, we drive to the border and cross into Israel.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
THURSDAY DECEMBER 12
We begin our morning visiting the City of David, the oldest part of Jerusalem, the city David conquered and made his capital. Then travelling from the Hill Country of Judah through the Shephelah, we enter the Elah Valley, the site of the famous confrontation between David and Goliath (1 Sam. 17). Here we will open the biblical story and see the landscape recorded in the Bible come alive before our eyes.
Our next stop is the ancient city of Beth Shemesh. After the Ark of the Covenant was captured by the Philistines, it returned to Israel in the area of Beth Shemesh (1 Sam. 6). Across the Sorek Valley from Beth Shemesh sits Zorah, the hometown of Samson (Judges 13). Our final stop of the day is at Nebi Samwil. Incorrectly identified as the tomb of the prophet Samuel, from this his hill we will see the northern neighborhoods of Jerusalem. We will also look over the tribal territory of Benjamin, where two-thirds of the Old Testament took place. Our vantage point offers us a view of the modern Arab village of el-Jib, biblical Gibeon (Josh. 10). While defending Gibeon against five Amorite kings, Joshua prayed for the sun to stand still.
Dinner and overnight Jerusalem.
FRIDAY DECEMBER 13
Depart Israel. Arrive U.S.A.
***Please note Visits, excursions, mentioned in the program may have slight changes in the time or order they are to be visited.