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DECEMBER 28, 2021 – JANUARY 10, 2022

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Tour = JC21 Date = 122821 Code = L Tour Host ID = 60438



The Rev. Ginny Aebischer
Tour Host
The Rev. Ginny Aebischer was elected Bishop of the South Carolina Synod (ELCA) in July of 2020. Previous to that she had served as Assistant to the Bishop for twelve years. A graduate of LTSS, she served a parish in Charleston and then one in West Columbia before beginning her service in the bishop’s office. She has extensive experience in working with youth, and has been an especially effective chair of the synod’s Candidacy Committee for many years. Ginny has hosted this pilgrimage and study tour twice before with Dr. Luker as instructor, and is committed to offering the opportunity every third year so that all SC Synod seminary candidates can experience the Holy Land before ordination together with pastors, rostered leaders, lay persons and guests. She invites everyone to join her.
Dr. Monte Luker

Dr. Monte Luker is the Academic Dean of the Jerusalem Center for Biblical Studies. He has lived, studied, and taught in the Holy Land for the past 40 years. In addition to the Holy Land, his primary interests are in the literary and theological analysis of Scripture, and he has contributed numerous articles to Mercer Dictionary of the Bible, Anchor Bible Dictionary, New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, as well as scholarly and church-related journals. Dr. Luker’s books include Doom and Hope in Micah; Passion, Vitality, and Foment: The Dynamics of Second Temple Judaism; and An Illustrated Guide to the Holy Land For Tour Groups, Students, and Pilgrims (see Dr. Luker has been Adjunct Professor of Bible at the Jerusalem Center for Biblical Studies since 1995. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Schools of Oriental Research, the Biblical Archaeology Society, and the National Association of Professors of Hebrew.

your journey includes:

Round-trip International Airfare
Guided Sightseeing & On-Site Lectures
Admin. Fees, Entrance Fees, Hotel Gratuities
Driver Tips & Program Fees
Breakfast, Most Lunches & Dinner Daily
Deluxe Motorcoaches
First Class Hotels
And Much, Much More!

pricing & itinerary

All Inclusive Price starting at: $4,148* from Charlotte $4,398* Columbia, Charleston or Greenville
*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount

Day 1 – Tuesday, Dec 28: Depart USA.

Day 2 – Wednesday Dec 29: The Sharon Plain
Arrive Tel Aviv and transfer to Netanya (“Gift of the LORD”) on the Mediterranean Sea. Walk the beach and meditate on the pilgrimage you are about to begin! Overnight Netanya.

Day 3 – Thursday Dec 30: The Origins of Christianity
Caesarea, where the gentile church was born (Acts 10). Nazareth. Lunch at Holy Land Restaurant. The Bascilica of the Annunciation over the house of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus. Tour museum beneath the church. Overnight Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee.

Day 4 – Friday Dec 31: Jesus’ Ministry around the Sea of Galilee
Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Ginosar with first-century fishing boat. Mount of Beatitudes. Capernaum synagogue and Peter’s house (Mark 1-2). Tabgha. St. Peter’s Fish lunch on the sea at Hermitage Restaurant. Magdala with tour and Holy Communion in Encounter Chapel. Overnight Tiberias.

Day 5 – Saturday Jan 1: The Golan Heights
Old Testament Tel Hazor. Tel Dan with nature walk. Caesarea Philippi (Peter’s Confession, Matthew 16). Lunch at the Druze village of Birkat Ram. Overlook of UN peace-keeping force at Kuneitra. Overnight Tiberias.

Day 6 – Sunday Jan 2: Baptism of Jesus
Worship with Affirmation of Baptism at Yardenit. Lunch at Al Rawdah in Jericho. Tel Jericho. Palestinian glass and pottery factory outlet. Overnight Kibbutz En Gedi.

Day 7 – Monday Jan 3: Free day
A day of respite on the peaceful shores of the Dead Sea in the Judean Wilderness. Visit the spa, dip in the sea, and perhaps indulge in a massage (!). Tour of the kibbutz with founding member Daniella Cohen. Overnight En Gedi.

Day 8 – Tuesday Jan 4: Zealots and Essenes
Masada, last stand of the Zealots. Qumran (the Dead Sea Scrolls). Lunch at Sultana in Jericho. Overnight Jerusalem.

Day 9 – Wednesday Jan 5: The Birth of Jesus
Bethlehem. Church of the Nativity, built over the cave-barn where Jesus was born. Visit an olive wood factory, a major industry of the Palestinian Christians. Shepherds’ Field. Lunch at The Tent in Beit Sahour. Overnight Jerusalem.

Day 10 – Thursday Jan 6: Ancient Jerusalem
The Temple Mount with Temple Mount excavations (Davidson Center). Western (“Wailing”) Wall. Lunch on your own in the Jewish Quarter. City of David and Hezekiah’s Tunnel. Overnight Jerusalem.

Day 11 – Friday Jan 7: The Passion of Christ
Holy Sepulcher Church with Golgotha and the Tomb of Christ. The Praetorium and the historical way of the cross. The Upper Room. Lunch in the Armenian Quarter. Mount of Olives. Bethphage, Pater Noster, Dominus Flevit. Garden of Gethsemane. Overnight Jerusalem.

Day 12 – Saturday Jan 8: The Via Dolorosa
Bethesda Pools and St. Anne’s Church (Crusader). Stations of the Cross. Coffee and apple strudel at the Austrian Hospice. Lunch at Notre Dame and self-guided tour of the Shroud of Turin museum. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 13 – Sunday Jan 9: Taking It Home
Worship at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem. Rest of the day free in Jerusalem. You may keep your rooms all day today.

Day 14 – Monday Jan 10: Arrive USA.

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Contact Information

ELCA South Carolina Synod
1003 Richland Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Telephone 803-765-0590
Fax 803-252-5558

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