Exploring Israel – Masada

The steep, intimidating mountaintop fortress of Masada is our next stop. Be prepared to be in awe of this amazing place that served not only as a fortress for the Jewish people in 73AD, but also an elaborate winter palace for King Herod some 70+ years prior. The architecture, the brilliance in getting water to …

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Exploring Israel – En Gedi

Good morning tour friends! Climb aboard the bus and greet our bus driver with "Boker tov!" (Good morning!) After a short bus ride, we will embark upon a beautiful oasis in the middle of the barren Dead Sea area of Israel. The Bible tells us of David's harrowing escapes from King Saul's attempts to kill …

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Exploring Israel – Qumran and Dead Sea Scrolls

We're diving into a new week of virtual tour with a visit to Qumran, where, in 1947, a Bedouin shepherd tossed a rock into a cave to scare a lamb out of the cave. Instead, he heard the crash of a large pottery jar. It contained an ancient scroll which became the first of many …

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Exploring Israel – Caesarea Philippi

Today's site, Caesarea Philippi, was once an altar-infested "gates of hell." Yet, it was here that Jesus identified Peter as a "little stone," as opposed to the "large rock" upon which He would build His church. In a sense, this marked the place of Peter's coronation into understanding God's power in the church (body of …

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