Nabi Samuel by Boris Diakovsky, ShutterstockBiblical In-Sites, an Israel Seminar

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You think you know the story... until you study it at the very places mentioned, and the scene and scenery make you reread it and bring it alive! We encounter patriarchs and matriarchs, kings, prophets, soldiers and judges - and the land itself! – as we study Tanakh on site, discussing the text and its implications, with insights gained from being in the locations described in the Biblical text. This seminar visits sites not encountered in previous seminars, to further weave a rich tapestry in exploring the land and its narratives. 

 

  • DAY ONE: Monday

    BEREISHIT (IN THE BEGINNING...)

    Afternoon
    Convene and Introductions: Who Are We? (Lekh Lekha Moments)
    Overlooking Jerusalem and the Desert: The View as Text
    The Second Lekh Lekha: Study Session at Hebrew University, Mount Scopus, with Dr. Howie Deitcher, Director of the Florence Melton Institute.

    Evening
    Opening Dinner: A Biblical Feast at Eucalyptus restaurant
    Overnight: Jerusalem


    DAY TWO: Tuesday

    THE WORLD OF OUR (FORE) FATHERS

    Morning
    The TaNaKH: An Overview with Rabbi Dr. Morey Schwartz, Director of Education and Innovation, The Florence Melton School
    Excursion to Ne'ot Kedumim, the Biblical Landscape Heritage Gardens:
    In the Vale of The Song of Songs  
    OR 
    Exploring the Seven Species (Tour with texts)
    Group Lunch at Neot Kedumim

    Afternoon
    Of Matriarchs and Patriarchs: Hevron as Layered Memory
    Drive to and through southern Judea 
    Visit Hebron (security situation permitting)

    Evening
    Dinner and evening at leisure
    Overnight: Jerusalem


    DAY THREE: Wednesday

    ENTERING THE TEXT...AND (RE)ENTERING THE LAND

    Morning
    Travel through the Judean Desert and then to the Dead Sea region
    Abraham and Lot at S'dom: Ethical Imperatives (study session)
    Lunch on your own

    Afternoon
    (How) Did Joshua Bring The Israelites Over the River? The Jordan as Symbol
    Visit the Jordan River/Jericho region; study session

    Evening 
    Group Dinner in Jerusalem

    Overnight: Jerusalem


    DAY FOUR: Thursday

    AND THE LAND WAS QUIET FOR FORTY YEARS

    Morning
    Overview of the Book of Judges
    The Samson Cycle: A Journey Through the Tribal Lands of Dan 
    Travel from Jerusalem to the Beit Shemesh region
    Field trip and study sessions overlooking Tsora
    Continue to Ashkelon National Park:
    Who Is a Philistine? (Study session)
    Picnic Lunch on the Mediterranean

    Afternoon
    ... And on the Way Back, A First Look at Kings…
    David, The Shepherd Become Leader: Clash of Giants in the Valley of Elah 

    Evening
    Group Dinner in Jerusalem
    Overnight: Jerusalem


    DAY FIVE: Friday
    DAVID: THE YOUTHFUL LEADER BECOMES KING...

    Morning
    So Who Is David For Us? (study session)
    (i) The Ark of the Covenant Returns to Israel 
    Study session near Tel Beit Shemesh 
    (ii) Following David from Kiryat Ye'arim to Jerusalem
    (iii) David in "Ir David, that is Jerusalem
    Field trip and study sessions on way

    Afternoon
    Free

    Evening – Lecha Dodi Likrat Kallah…
    Kabbalat Shabbat and Dinner
    Overnight: Jerusalem


    DAY SIX: SHABBAT - VAYINAFASH

    Morning
    In Jerusalem with many synagogue options, much rest, good food and good company
    Parashat Hashavua - Midday study session
    Lunch at the hotel

    Afternoon
    A Remarkable Discovery: The oldest Biblical text ever found
    Walk to Ketef Hinnom, overlooking the Hinnom Valley
    Se'udah Shlisheet - late afternoon snack and schmooze
    Havdalah

    Evening
    Dinner and evening at leisure

    Overnight: Jerusalem


    DAY SEVEN: Sunday
    CHALLENGES OF LEADERSHIP...

    Morning
    Travel via the Via Maris, Strategic Route For Ancient Superpowers
    Afek: Between Israelites, Philistines and the Lost Ark
    Lunch at leisure

    Afternoon 
    Deborah, Yael and the Tent Pegs: Women for all Seasons?
    Mount Tavor and surroundings

    Check in at Kibbutz Lavi Hotel
    Processing and review session at kibbutz prior to dinner

    Evening
    Group Dinner
    Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi


    DAY EIGHT: Monday
    ALTERNATIVE CENTERS IN THE NORTH...

    Morning
    Dan as Capital
    Study on site at Tel Dan Nature Reserve
    Lunch at leisure at Dag Al HaDan

    Afternoon
    Hatzor: Royal City 
    Visit Tel Hatzor, ancient throughway for regional superpowers

    Evening
    Dinner at Kibbutz Lavi
    The Bible and its Place in Our Identity
    A discussion with kibbutz member
    Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi


    DAY NINE: Tuesday
    THE TROUBLE WITH KINGS...

    Morning
    (i)   Testing for Leadership: Gideon's Brook, Jezreel Valley 
    (ii)  Behind Every Successful Man… 
    Jezebel, Ahab and Elijah at Jezreel (bibliodrama)
    Lunch at leisure at Yokneam Mall

    Afternoon
    (iii) Apocalypse Now: The War to End All Wars
    Visit site and study session at Megiddo
    Return to Jerusalem

    Evening
    Group Dinner in Jerusalem
    Overnight: Jerusalem


    DAY TEN: Wednesday
    THE CLASSIC PROPHETS

    Day commences at 8:00 a.m.
    Morning
    Between Isaiah and Jeremiah (Study session)
    Oh Jerusalem! The Prophets and the Vision of Jerusalem Rebuilt
    An exploration of Zedekiah's Cave, and a consideration of the nature of the prophetic message regarding the "city on the hill"  

    OR 

    In the Footsteps of Isaiah: Visit to Sataf, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, and hike through its water system  

    Group lunch

    Afternoon
    Tying it all Together: An Excursion to the Archaeology Wing of the Israel Museum

    Evening
    Free
    Overnight: Jerusalem


    DAY ELEVEN: Thursday
    BETWEEN PAST AND FUTURE
    Mother Rachel and Jeremiah's Promise

    Day commences at 8:00 a.m.
    Morning
    Travel to Kibbutz Ramat Rachel
    Of Destruction and Rebirth:  Rachel as Comforter and Symbol of Optimism
    Visit Kever Rachel (Rachel's Tomb)
    If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem…(Psalm 137)
    Visit Goldman Promenade, overlooking Jerusalem; process visit to Rachel's Tomb
    Lunch at leisure and afternoon break

    Afternoon.
    Closing Session

    Festive Farewell Dinner
    NOTE: Please try to arrange flights from 11:30 p.m. on, and enjoy the final dinner with your group.


    Note: Itinerary subject to change. Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays observed in the destinations being visited.

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