Origins of Christianity with Dr John Dickson

and optional Jordan extension

Duration
10
Departure
25 October 2022
Price from
5,498

OVERVIEW

What really happened in first-century Galilee and Judaea? Join author and historian John Dickson on a journey throughout the length and breadth of modern Israel—from the Dead Sea to Lake Galilee, from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean. We will investigate the key sites of Jesus’ life, explore his cultural background, separate fact from fiction, and piece together how a peasant preacher changed the course of history.

Rather than a spiritual pilgrimage, this tour is a historical and cultural adventure, complete with daily onsite lectures from Dr Dickson covering the Varieties of First-Century Judaism, the Social and Political Influence of Rome, Jesus the Healer, the Causes of his Death, How Christianity Spread, and much more. Find out more about John Dickson at www.johndickson.org


Dr John Dickson

John’s story is eclectic. Starting out as a professional singer-songwriter, he now works as an author, speaker, historian, and media presenter. He has published 20 books, two of which have become television documentaries, with a third (For the Love of God: How the Church is Better and Worse than you Ever Imagined) released in cinemas and on ABC TV in late 2018. He has taught a course on the Historical Jesus at the University of Sydney, Australia, and researches the origins of Christianity in the Roman empire. For 2017-19 he is also a Visiting Academic in the Faculty of Classics at Oxford University in the UK. John has served as Distinguished Fellow in Public Christianity at Ridley College Melbourne, and has recently been appointed as the inaugural Jean Kvamme Distinguished Chair in Biblical Evangelism & Distinguished Scholar in Public Christianity at Wheaton College, Illinois. His muich loved podcast “Undeceptions” has just reached one million downloads! In all that he does, whether in the media or the church, creative or academic, he strives to be a public advocate for the Christian faith in doubting times. Having lost his father in an air disaster at 9, John is mindful of the sorrows and doubts of our world, and values his wife and three children above all other gifts of this life.

ITINERARY

Farewell Australia on your Emirates flight (if you have purchased the air & tour package). We depart from Melbourne/Sydney (other cities on application) to Dubai, with a connecting flight to Tel Aviv.

Included Meals: None

Upon arrival at Ben Gurion International airport we will clear customs and be met and transferred to Jerusalem.
If you are making your own flight arrangements, be checked in at the hotel in Jerusalem and ready to meet the group by 12.30pm in the hotel lobby.
We will visit the Tower of David Museum to enjoy an overview of Israel’s history and the geography of Jerusalem.
Return to the hotel in the for a pre-dinner lecture by Dr Dickson on ‘Jesus in Contemporary Scholarship’.

Hotel: Olive Tree Hotel, Jerusalem

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We set the scene for the birth of Jesus in the Roman World.

Today we make an early start to visit the Dome of the Rock located at the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem. From here we will travel to Herodian, the city built by King Herod & where he was buried.
We continue to Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus to visit the Shepherds Fields.
After lunch, visit the New City of Jerusalem at the Israel Museum where you can see the Dead Sea scrolls and an impressive model of Jerusalem as it was in the period just before its devastation by the Romans in AD 70. Transfer back to the hotel.
You are welcome to stay an extended time at the museum to see other significant exhibits and make your own way back to the hotel (a short taxi ride).

Hotel: Olive Tree Hotel, Jerusalem

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We explore the Jewish background of Jesus and his culture

Another early start, with a fantastic day trip today departing Jerusalem through the Judean wilderness to the fortress of Masada built by King Herod.
Continue to Qumran, the site of the discovery of the Dead Sea scrolls in 1947 and home to an exclusive Jewish sect known as ‘Essenes’. We then travel to the Dead Sea for a swim and stop to enjoy the spectacular view from the Wadi Qelt, the famous road from Jericho to Jerusalem. Return to Jerusalem for a traditional Shabbat dinner. Lecture topic: ‘The Judaism(s) of Jesus’ Day’.

Hotel: Olive Tree Hotel, Jerusalem

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This morning we check out of our hotel in Jerusalem and travel north to Nazareth. Stop at Mt Precipice lookout to see the city of Nazareth and the surrounding Jezreel Valley. Continue to Nazareth Village, a working farm that replicates life as it was in the first century. An early first century style lunch before driving to Sepphoris, the ancient capital of Galilee and centre of Jewish learning.
Lecture onsite: “Galilee and the beginnings of Jesus’ ministry”.
Continue to Tiberias and check in to our hotel overlooking the Sea of Galilee.

Hotel: Sofia Hotel, Tiberias

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We discover how radical Jesus’ message was to his fellow Galileans.

Enjoy a boat trip on Lake Galilee to Capernaum. Brief lecture on site: “Jesus among the healers of his day.”
Travel by coach to Magdala, the hometown of Mary Magdalene and the site of recently discovered first century building including a synagogue.
Brief lecture onsite: “The women in Jesus’ life”.
Time permitting, we will visit to Beat Shean (Scythopolis), an impressive Greco-Roman Old Testament city before by sunset on Mount Arbel.

Hotel: Sophia Hotel, Tiberias

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This morning after breakfast and check out, we will visit Gamla (note good walking shoes needed), known as the Masada of the North. Here you will see an impressive first century synagogue and hear an onsite lecture: ‘Jesus and the Zealots’.
Continue to the Golan Archaeological Museum in the town of Katzrin before returning to Jerusalem.

Hotel: Olive Tree Hotel, Jerusalem

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We explore the climatic events of Jesus’ life (and his demise).

Sunrise at Mount of Olives gives you an exceptional overview of the Old City of Jerusalem. Return to the hotel for breakfast. We then visit the impressive Davidson Archaeological Park, located next to the Temple Mount. The Centre combines an exhibition of a rich archaeological content and computerized media, artefacts exhibitions, and an illustrated and visual exhibition following events spanning 5000 years from the Canaanite Age through to the First Temple period.
Onsite Lecture: ‘The Causes of Jesus’ Arrest and Death’
Lunch in Old City followed by the afternoon free to explore the Old City. You can easily walk back to the hotel at your leisure (approximately 15 mins).

Hotel: Olive Tree Hotel, Jerusalem

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A free day in Jerusalem to rest or just wander the Old City and enjoy some optional sites that your guide can suggest for you to see. These include Hezekiah's tunnel, the Western Walls tunnels, Ramparts Walk, City of David, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Garden Tomb or walk the Via Dolorosa and do the Stations of the Cross.

HOTEL: Olive Tree Hotel, Jerusalem

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We walk the bridge from Jesus to Christianity.

An early morning visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre with a lecture on “What can historians say about Jesus’ resurrection”? Return to the hotel for breakfast.
Mid morning, we drive to the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea Maritima, the port that the apostle Paul departed from on his missionary journeys. Enjoy lunch here and a tour of the site. Dr Dickson will deliver a lecture onsite “How Christianity became a world religion’.
Our farewell dinner will be on the Rooftop at the Notre Dame Centre in Jerusalem. This will be a time of great celebration and reflection on all that we have experienced.

Hotel: Olive Tree Hotel, Jerusalem

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Check out of the hotel after breakfast. We can store your luggage and then return to Tel Aviv airport at 3pm for your Emirates flight to Dubai and then to Australia.
Alternatively, you are welcome to extend your stay with an optional Jordan extension including Mt Nebo, Petra and Wadi Rum.

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If you are doing the Jordan extension you will be collected from the hotel at 7am for the drive to the Israel-Jordan border. Cross into Jordan at Allenby Bridge (before 10.30am), then continue south along the Kings Highway to Petra. We will stop en route for lunch at a local restaurant.
Check in to our hotel and relax until dinner time.

Hotel: Old Village Resort, Petra

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Today with our guide we will visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Petra.
There is so much to see and do. There will be one transfer back to the hotel, but you are free to stay longer and take a local taxi back whenever you like.

Hotel: Old Village Resort, Petra

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Check out of our Petra hotel and travel to Wadi Rum. Along the way we will visit Little Petra and Moses' Spring. On arrival at Wadi Rum enjoying a desert safari and optional camel ride (additional expense).
Overnight at our desert camp,

Hotel: Hasan Zawaydah Camp, Wadi Rum or similar

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Check out & farewell Wadi Rum and travel to Aqaba, a resort city on the Red Sea for our last night together. Enjoy some time by the pool or explore the city.

Hotel: Luxotel, Aqaba

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This morning we check out of our hotel and cross back over to Israel to Eilat airport for our flight to Tel Aviv in time to connect with our Emirates flight home departing at 1825.

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Highlights

  • Dr John Dickson as your expert leader with onsite lectures and insights
  • Learning about the different sects of Judaism
  • Travelling to Judeo sites to gain a greater understanding of where Christianity was birthed from
  • The tour is both for believers and skeptics – all are welcome
  • Optional extension to nearby Jordan to see Patra, Wadi Rum & Aqaba on the Red Sea

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OUR PRICING

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Category Description Twin PP Single
Tour & Airfares ex Melbourne/Sydney 8,270 N/A
Tour Only Not incl airfare or airport transfers 5,498 N/A
Jordan extension 5 days/4 nights Minimum 15 passengers 1,760 1959

Pricing based on 45 passengers
Single rooms are sold out, but we can look at matching people to share twin.

We only have 3 rooms left!

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