Women of the Bible Tour 2020

Israel and Palestine

Duration
12
Departure
01 September 2020
Price from
3,699

OVERVIEW

Encounter the women of the Bible on the sacred landscapes of the Holy Land.

Women of the Bible is a tour dedicated to the stories of women in the Bible. These are the ancient stories of women that tell of struggle, joy, and tragedy; but at the same time convey the compassion and love for God that women today experience in life.

We will explore the sacred spaces where the women of Bible, all encountered challenges but found sacred wisdom to foster grace in their unfolding encounter with God.

A very special part of the program is the integration of local women whose voices will inspire us and enrich a vision of life in Israel and Palestine today. Their laughter and their tears will deepen our learning and devotion to embracing the women’s stories in Holy Scripture.

Travelling with like-minded women, we expect this tour to be full of lots of conversation and laughter, where friendships will be made and life-long memories will be created.

Here is what some of our 2019 tour participants had to say:

“I fully recommended the Women of the Bible tour. I found our Jewish tour guide and Jewish bus driver excellent. To be in only 3 hotels for 10 nights was appreciated greatly.”

”Having just returned from the most amazing experience of touring Israel with Selah!! I highly recommend travelling with the wonderful Selah team.”

”I just had a wonderful time of learning and sharing with really lovely people. Thank you for everything.”

“The combination of the other ladies on our tour, Gabriela our guide and Kobi our driver, was an amazing blend of people and would be very hard to have again. I think we were truly blessed.”

“Gabriela – what a godsend of a guide! Passionate, caring, knowledgeable, strong, wise – a real leader. I loved how she was honest and transparent! She bought something to the tour that blessed us all! Having her sing a Jewish blessing over us was such a moving moment and not a dry eye on the bus! The way she looked after us, changed things to ensure we had the best experience possible! I loved how passionate she was about her country, politics and life! She was exactly the right guide for this tour!!! I know we all miss her!!!!”

Rev Hannah Craven

Hannah is an ordained Anglican minister from Melbourne, currently studying towards a PhD at St. Andrews University in Scotland. Hannah is passionate about promoting the full flourishing of women in all of life, and this has been a regular focus of both her ministry work and her study. She is thrilled about the opportunity to see the bible come to life amidst the sights and sounds of Israel, and to help others to catch a vision of God’s heart and God’s work in our world, both then and now.

 

ITINERARY

Your adventure begins with your flight to Tel Aviv.

Included Meals: None

On arrival you will be met at Ben Gurion Airport and transferred to Ein Karem, the hometown of Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist. Continue to the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem – many displays relating to women, including jewellery, figurines, a bust of “Sarah the Matriarch,” a model of Esther’s palace in Shushan, a Byzantine woman’s decorated sarcophagus and more.

We will then check in to the hotel in Jerusalem. Meet at 6pm for a welcome meeting and overview of the tour followed by dinner.

HOTEL: Olive Tree Hotel, Jerusalem

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Start today with a visit the Temple Mount, that is now home to the Dome of the Rock and Al Aksa Mosque. We will then enjoy some time at the Western Wall for prayer, reflection and celebration, as many Bar Mitzvah’s are celebrated on Thursdays! We then visit the impressive Davidson Centre located under the Southern steps of the temple. Wander the Jewish Quarter and enjoy some lunch before we continue to Shiloh, which was biblical Samaria. This is where the tabernacle sat for 369 years. – the location of the Tent of Meeting (Josh. 18:1), where Hannah came to pray for a son (1 Sam1:12-18).
Return to Jerusalem for dinner in or hotel.

HOTEL: Olive Tree Hotel, Jerusalem

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After breakfast we visit the Mount of Olives for a spectacular overview of the city of Jerusalem. Walk down Palm Sunday Road with stops at Pater Noster, one of the first churches to be founded on the Mount of Olives by Queen Helene, the mother of King Constantine. Continue to the Russian Orthodox Church of Mary Magdalene – this beautiful 19th century church in its tranquil garden setting is the burial site of Princess Alice of Battenberg, Queen Elizabeth’s mother-in-law.

Enjoy a time of prayer and reflection at the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations before continuing to Bethlehem. Here we will visit the Church of the Nativity and enjoy a lecture at the Bethlehem Bible College on women. Do some souvenir shopping and visit Shepherd’s Fields and the Field of Boaz, remembering Naomi and Ruth.
Dinner and overnight at our hotel.


HOTEL: Olive Tree Hotel, Jerusalem

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First up today an early visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the most widely reported site of Jesus’s crucifixion and burial. Here we ponder the women of the crucifixion & resurrection.
We then leave the Old City to travel to New Jerusalem to the Israel Museum – the Ethnography Wing reveals ways that customs involving women and families in traditional cultures can reflect those of the Bible. The Shrine of the Book and the Model of Second Temple Jerusalem are also excellent sites to see.
Return to Jerusalem via the Southern Panoramic view and end the day at the Garden tomb for a time of prayer and praise.

HOTEL: Olive Tree Hotel, Jerusalem

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Today is a free day for you to explore Jerusalem. There is so much to do and see!
Perhaps attend a local church service, wander through the alleys of the Jewish Quarter of the Old City; shop and enjoy lunch on one of the many rooftop cafes (own expense), perhaps visit the Holocaust Museum or walk, along the top of the city walls (Ramparts Walk) or enjoy fresh food at Yehuda Market.

HOTEL: Olive Tree Hotel, Jerusalem

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Today we start at the City of David where we recall the story of David and Bathsheba and the role she played in Solomon’s life. Return to our hotel for dinner. Tonight we will have a visit from Parent’s Circle who will share their hopes and dreams for reconciliation between Israel and Palestine.

HOTEL: Olive Tree Hotel, Jerusalem

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Today we farewell Jerusalem and travel to the nearby town of Bethany the home town of Mary and Martha and their brother Lazarus.
Continue to Jericho known as the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. Jericho also claims the record for the lowest city in the world at over 800 feet (250 meters) below sea level. It was here that Rahab the prostitute hid the two Hebrew spies (Joshua 2 & 6). We continue south through the desert to Masada National Park ­– Herod’s magnificent fortress, with its palaces, bathhouses and ramparts was also the last stand of the Jews against the Romans. The Masada Museum reflects daily life, highlighting among its exhibit’s women at their many daily tasks. End the day with a dip in the Dead Sea and spa treatment at the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the Dead Sea.

HOTEL: Daniel Hotel, Dead Sea

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Negev desert and Women’s workshop
Today we visit Be'er-Sheba – the city that Abraham founded (Gen. 21:31) when he moved here with Sarah. The landmark well outside the gate is a backdrop for the many stories about women’s encounters at the well, including Rebecca (Gen. 24:13-26), Rachel (Gen. 29:9-12), the Samaritan woman (John 4:7-29) and others. We will visit a Bedouin women’s craft centre in Rahat - learn how crafts going back to the days of the Patriarchs and the Matriarchs. Return to the hotel for a women’s workshop facilitated by Hannah.

HOTEL: Daniel Hotel, Dead Sea

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This morning after check out, we start our day with a visit to Caesarea Maritima on the Mediterranean Sea. The showcase Roman port built by Herod the Great, figured centrally in both Jewish and Christian history. Caesarea was the home of the four daughters of Philip (Acts 21:8-9). Continue to Sepphoris, the ancient capital of Galilee, the traditional birthplace of Mary; Joanna, the wife of Cuza, might have lived here. Visit the restored theatre, the “Mona Lisa of Galilee” mosaic, the Nile House, the Cardo and the sixth-century synagogue that tells a story of redemption and reveals an unusual representation of Sarah. We then take a short drive to Nazareth – most of the monuments in Nazareth, the town where Jesus grew up, are devoted to Mary and this is where the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38) took place. Visit the Nazareth Village and learn about the daily life of women in Jesus’ day. On our way to Tiberias we will visit Sindyanna of Galilee where Jewish & Arab women work together producing Fair Trade products. Dinner and overnight at Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee.

HOTEL: Kinar Hotel, Tiberias

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Stay the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. During our time on the lake we will stop and ponder with a time of prayer & reflection. At Ginosar we will visit the Jesus boat museum that displays a recently excavated 1st century fishing boat. Continue to Tabgha, where the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000 is said to have occurred. We then visit the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the sermon on the Mount for a time of prayer & reflection in the stunning grounds and church. We then visit the ancient town of Capernaum where Jesus preached in the synagogue and visited the home of Simon Peter. We will also visit Magdala, the home town of Mary Magdalene and spend some time reflecting on the women we have discovered so far. Enjoy a stunning view over the Sea of Galilee from Mt Arbel before returning to the hotel for dinner.

HOTEL: Kinar Hotel, Tiberias

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After breakfast we checkout of our hotel and travel to Tel Aviv airport for the flight departing at 3.15pm.
There will be an option available to stay on and visit neighbouring Jordan, including Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

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Highlights

Hannah Craven as your spiritual leader

Lecture on women in the Bible at the Bethlehem Bible College

A dialogue meeting with Parents Circle Women’s Group

Sindyanna women’s co-operative

Bedouin women’s craft centre in Rahat

Short bible study each day on one Biblical woman

Visting the most important sites of the life of Jesus and His ministry

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OUR PRICING

Pricing

Category Description Twin PP Single
Tour only Based on 20 passengers $3,699.00 $5,445.00
Tour and airfare from Australia* $6,149.00 $7,895.00

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