Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago New Testament Professor Barbara Rossing and Old Testament Professor Esther Menn will host an in-depth tour of ancient sites and current struggles in the Holy Land January 6 - 18, 2009. This is the third time the two have led the tour for students, alumni, pastors, and others eager to experience the world of the Bible.
Barbara Rossing first visited the Holy Land in 1983 and has returned often. "The Bible comes to life at the archeological sites we visit," she said.
Esther Menn has done fieldwork at an archeological dig in Galilee, worked on a Kibbutz in the Negev, and lived with a Muslim family in East Jerusalem during her many visits to the Holy Land. She describes Israel/Palestine as a "land of contrasts, conflict, and hope."
The tour departs from Chicago on January 6, 2009, and arrives in Tel Aviv on January 7. Travellers will journey to Galilee, Bethlehem, Hebron, and Jerusalem to visit site holy to Christians, Muslims, and Jews. Cost of the tour, including round-trip air fare, accommodations, breakfast and dinner, ground transportation and luggage handling, is $3,299 (shared rooms. Add $390 for a single room.)
A special three-day extension to Jordan includes worship at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Jerusalem; Bethany-beyond-the-Jordan, thought to be the site of Jesus' baptism; Mount Nebo; and the Jordan Valley. Cost for ground transportation, accommodations, breakfast and dinner for the three days is $495.
Reservations for limited spaces should be made immediately by sending a deposit of $395 to Group Travel Directors.
Academic credit is available to masters level students who register with LSTC.
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