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The Word & The Spirit (Catholic)

Yinon Ben Hod

Day 1 – The aqueduct of Caesarea

The site of one of the most important cities in the Roman World, the Roman capital of the province of Judea at the time of Jesus and the location of some of the Acts chapter ten events.

Haifa – Mount Carmel (Muchraka)

This site is recognized as the site where the prophet Elijah confronted the falls prophets of Baal, called on God who answered by fire, and led Israel in national repentance and revival. Overnight in Tiberias.

Day 2 – Mount Tabor

This site is recognized as the site of the Transfiguration of Jesus as reported in the New Testament when He transfigured in front of the disciples eyes,  became radiant in glory, and held a conversation with Moses and Elijah.

Cana of Galilee is best known as the place where, according to John 2:1-11, Jesus performed “the first of his signs”, his first public miracle, by turning water into wine at a wedding feast.

Sea of Galilee (boat ride) is often referred to as “The Fifth Gospel” since much of the ministry of Jesus occurred on its shores. The Synoptic Gospels of Mark (1:14–20), Matthew (4:18–22), and Luke (5:1–11) describe how Jesus recruited four of his apostles from its shores. Many of His miracles occurred here including walking on water, calming the storm, the miraculous catch of fish, healings, and much more. Overnight in Tiberias.

Day 3 – Mount of Beatitudes

It is believed to be the location where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7).

Taghba is recognized to be the place where Jesus met his disciples when they were fishing, ordering them to cast their nets on the other side of the boat for a great catch of fish, and the traditional location where He fed the five thousand.

Capernaum, located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, is called the “Town of Jesus” because it became the anchor and headquarters of his Galilean ministry and where he lived with Peter in his home.

Jordan River

Magdala is Mary Magdalene’s hometown, featuring a First Century fishing village with a synagogue where the local Jewish residents gathered to hear Jesus when he visited and taught. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 4 – Mass* at the Good Samaritan Inn

Masada, according to Josephus Plavius, the famous First Century historian, was under siege by Roman troops for three years. The battle ended with the mass suicide of about 960 Jewish zealots who chose to take their own lives rather than to serve pagan gods in slavery and humiliation, thus fulfilling the “Kidoosh Hashem” (in Hebrew), the sanctifying of God’s Holy name with their own lives.

Qumran is best known as the ancient settlement nearest the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, bringing to light the oldest biblical manuscripts known to man.

The Dead Sea is located 430 meters below sea level, earth’s lowest point, and features the famous mineral water hot springs and white beaches. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 5 – Mount of Olives

This is the site of Jesus’ epic “Olivet Discourse” of Matthew 24, His end-times prophecy, and the place from which He ascended to heaven after His resurrection.

City of David, Jewish Quarter and Western Wall are all holy sites being part of the historic Jerusalem, King David’s palace, and the Jerusalem Temple complex.

Southern Steps of the Temple entrance where three times a year, according to the Law of Moses, faithful pilgrims like Jesus’ family (Luke 2:41) would arrive from all over Israel and ascend these stairs to bring their offerings, prayers and worship to God. Most probably the site of Peter’s sermon from Acts chapter two. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 6 – Mass* at The Garden of Gethsemane

The location where Jesus prayed to the Father before His crucifixion.

Lion’s Gate entrance into the Old City of Jerusalem

Via Dolorosa is the narrow street within the Old City of Jerusalem believed to be the “Road of Suffering,” the path that Jesus walked from the judgment seat of Pilot to the place of the crucifixion carrying His cross. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 7 – Mass* at Benedictine Monastery in Abu Gosh (traditional site of Emmaus)

Visit the setting for one of the most touching of Christ’s post-resurrection appearances and teachings.

Yad HaShmona village where the Biblical Gardens feature lifestyle and culture during the times of Jesus and the patriarchs.

Elah Valley where David defeated Goliath.

Old Jaffa including St. Peter’s Church.

Free time in Jaffa or Tel Aviv. Final banquet.

Transfer to Ben Gurion International airport for your flight back home.

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