Oct. 19-30, 2019

We are excited to offer this study opportunity in biblical culture and history. This is an opportunity to study Biblical Cultural Foundations during our First Term Enhanced program, then take a hands on study tour in the footsteps of Jesus. This tour will take you beyond the typical tourist sites to explore the geographical /archaeological sites, the cultural context, and the historical background of the text of scripture. To access these sites, tour members can expect 6- 10 miles of rigorous hiking/climbing/walking during each day of the trip. Learning and experiencing the text will not be an end in itself, but will grow our relationship with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and deepen our call to live the text in our time and culture.

This tour will be led by Joe Mullet from Talmidim Studies in Sugar Creek, OH. Joe has been leading study tours in Israel since 2013 and has prepared this tour especially for SMBI students and alumni. He will be assisted by a native, Messianic Jewish guide.

All applications for the tour will be received. The 40 seats for the tour will first hands-on to First Term Enhanced students, then SMBI alumni with remaining seats awarded on a first-come-first-served basis. The priority application deadline for the tour is May 1. A passport is required with an expiration date of May, 2020 or later.

Tour costs include transportation from SMBI, air travel, lodging, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all site and entrance fees, guide services, taxes, and tips.   Lodging is double occupancy in hotels with one night scheduled at a desert Bedouin camp. Cost is approx. $3650/person. To apply use the standard student application with a $500 tour deposit. An additional $1250 will be due May 1, $1250 due June 1, and the balance due July 1, 2019. If applying only for the tour, contact SMBI office – 717.485.4341, smbi@smbi.org.

Tour members can expect a life time of experiences and memories as they explore the Negev, visit the desert Tabernacle, discover the ancient community at Qumran, walk in the Judean wilderness, and are refreshed at the Oasis of Engedi. Visiting Masada, Galilee, Nazareth, Mount Carmel, the Sea of Galilee, Samaria and more will make the stories of scripture come to life. Celebrating Shabbat in Jerusalem, exploring the Old City, and experiencing the Jewish synagogue are all on the schedule. There will be plenty of surprises along the way as we focus on understanding the story behind the story.