Travel the Text together with DBS International invites you to a Biblical study trip focused on the land and time period of the Biblical cultures. This is not a tour, but an intense Biblical Study Program designed to fully immerse you into the Bible and its world! You will travel with Geoff Carroll who teaches in YWAM’s Discipleship BIBLE School (DBS) to sites that are popular tourist destinations, in addition to many treasures off the beaten path. You will engage the Text through sight, sound, touch, and taste as we explore the riches of this land. Geoff is a passionate teacher with over a decade of experience traveling and studying throughout the land of the Bible. His lessons and experience will bring the world of the Bible and its stories to life, inviting the land and Spirit to be the greatest teachers of all. In the words of Geoff:
“Living in Israel dramatically changed my life and how I look at the Bible, follow Jesus, and love people every day. It is my dream to share this opportunity with as many as possible, while providing the best value and experience available. I do not believe there is any other experience that will change your life and impact the way you approach the Bible as much as this.”
(Not all sites and planned experiences are revealed; itinerary subject to change)
Friday, February 8, 2019: Arrival and Orientation
Upon your arrival in the international airport in Tel Aviv you will be met by Geoff Carroll and your bus driver for the trip. We will transfer to the Manger Square Hotel in Bethlehem.
Saturday, February 9: Crossroads of Culture
We begin our study at one of the most impressive sites in the land – Machpelah. This intact first-century structure marks the land where Abraham purchased a burial cave for Sarah. From there we will learn about the battles for the Shephelah, or foothills, as we travel to the lands of Sampson at Beth Shemesh, the Valley of Elah where David slew Goliath, Maresha, an underground labyrinth of caves and dwellings, and finally, Lachish, the last stronghold before the Assyrian attack on Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.
Sunday, February 10: A Word in the Wilderness
Today we head south to experience the wilderness, stopping along the way for lessons in an ancient vineyard. We will visit sites such as Tel Arad, a strategic wilderness fort, and the Wilderness of Tzin in the region where the Israelites stayed during their 40 years in the wilderness. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.
Monday, February 11: House of David – Courage and Consequences
We begin our day traveling the ancient road Abraham took to Mt. Moriah for a panoramic view
of Jerusalem at the Promenade. We will discover ancient Jerusalem at the City of David and explore the ancient underground waterway known as Hezekiah’s Tunnel (optional). Additional sites include the Shiloach (Siloam) Pool and the Israel Museum. Dinner and our final night in Bethlehem.
Tuesday, February 12: A King Is Born
The first few days brought us into contact with many characters and places in the Hebrew Bible but today we shift our focus to the time of Jesus. We will visit many sites including the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and a beautiful fortress built by Herod the Great called the Herodian. We will transfer from Jerusalem to Galilee today, stopping along the way at a sheep fold, the ancient city of Ephraim, and (time permitting) Jacob’s Well. We will stay the next several nights at a tranquil location on the Sea of Galilee at a
Kibbutz Holiday Village. Dinner and overnight in Galilee.
Wednesday, February 13: “Go and Make Disciples” – Following and Leading
Jesus called many of His disciples around the Sea of Galilee, and we begin our day from Mt. Arbel for a beautiful panoramic view of the region. We will focus on the northern shore, stopping at places like Migdal, the home of Mary Magdalene, Tabgha where Jesus called Peter, Andrew, James, and John, the Church of the Beatitudes, Capernaum, Jesus’ home-base for His ministry, and end our day with a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee. Dinner and overnight in Galilee.
Thursday, February 14: The L-RD Is Our G-D, the L-RD Is One
Jesus preached that the Kingdom of Heaven was near, and He sent His disciples into a world that did not want it. Our focus today will take us to places like Beth Shan, one of the richest and most powerful cities in the time of Jesus, Megiddo, also known as Armageddon, and Mt. Carmel, where Elijah and the prophets of Baal held a contest by fire. Dinner and final night in Galilee.
Friday, February 15: Kingdoms Collide – Who Is Your King?
Today our focus is in the Upper Galilee. We will visit sites such as Gamla with its first-century synagogue, Dan, where beautiful springs turned people toward false gods, and Caesarea Philippi (Gates of Hades). Dinner and overnight in Galilee.
Saturday, February 16: Who Is My Neighbor?
After Jesus prepared His disciples, it was time to return to Jerusalem. We will begin our day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee before we make our way to the Nazareth Ridge, where Jesus grew up, Caesarea Maritima, a beautiful harbor city built by Herod the Great, and a teaching along the ancient Road to Jericho. Dinner and overnight in the Judean wilderness at the Jericho Oasis Hotel.
Sunday, February 17: Finding the Way in the Wilderness
Today we travel to Qumran, linked to the Dead Sea Scrolls, En Gedi, an oasis of waterfalls in the desert where David hid from Saul, and the fortress of Masada, where Zealots died in rebellion against the Romans, before floating in the Dead Sea. Dinner and overnight in Jericho.
Monday, February 18: Passion Week – Take Up Your Cross
Jesus makes His way up to Jerusalem where He will be put to death. We will begin our day early on the Temple Mount and travel to places such as the Pools of Bethesda where Jesus healed a crippled man, Bethpage, where Jesus talked about mountain-moving faith, the Mt. of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, the Hidden Gate, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the traditional place of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. Dinner and overnight in Jericho.
Tuesday, February 19: Resurrection – Time of Redemption
We begin our last day on the banks of the Jordan River, the traditional location of Jesus’ baptism. We then will visit Bethany, where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, the Old City, the Western Wall, and the Southern Steps. We will finish strong with a cultural “last supper” before transferring to the airport.
Our two week study programs are designed for those who dream visiting the land of the Bible, but want a deeper experience than the traditional tour. Each study trip offers a unique curriculum as we study on-site, seeking to engage the land from the perspectives of the original audience.
We believe the Bible, an Eastern book, should be experienced through the perspective of the CULTURE, HISTORY, and GEOGRAPHY of the land in which it was written.
US $2400 per person (based on double occupancy) for those registering and paying deposit before August 1, 2018. The fee includes UofN processing fee, accommodation, motor coach transportation, breakfast and dinner buffets, 1-2 liters of bottled water daily, teaching and guide fees, all taxes, tips, site entrance fees, and materials including Travel the Text Study Guide, luggage tags, passport holder, and sport bag for carrying daily necessities on site. Does not include airfare, lunches, personal snacks or souvenirs.
Deposit due August 1, 2018: US$ 600
First installment due October 7, 2018: US$ 900
Final installment due December 8, 2018: US$ 900
I have been a student of the Text my entire life but nothing compares to the perspective and insight that study in the land of the Bible allows. It is my passion to share this experience with as many as possible, going above and beyond the traditional tour experience by offering two week Biblical study trips. These trips are specifically designed for serious students of God’s Word who seek to engage the text from the perspectives of the original audience.
As a minister’s son I valued the intense study of scripture from an early age. Pursuing this passion for the study of the Text I graduated from Abilene Christian University (ACU) with a degree in Ministry and went on to receive my Master of Divinity (M. Div.) degree, also from ACU. A highlight of my education was being accepted to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where I lived in Israel for over a year working on a Master’s degree in The Bible and its World. It is an ongoing privilege to study on-site several times each year under some of the worlds top archaeologists, teachers, and religious leaders in the land.