Delegates get together before the conference for one day to unwind, get to know each other in a personal way, and learn. One of the purposes of this is to build lasting trust relationships that enable future collaborative research across continents and fields of discipline.
This year on Sunday, June 30, we offer a full day bus trip to visit historic Masada, an ancient fortress, that has great historic significance, and see how archaeologists have worked to recreate the 2,000-year-old site.
The trip also takes us to the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, and we hear a talk by Noam Bedein about the Dead Sea.
Also, we offer to all delegates attending the Paper Sessions a half-day walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem that highlights sites of significances to three religions. This walking tour takes place on the afternoon of Wednesday, July 3 and without charge for all delegates.
Israel is a small country, and there is so much more to see. We will assist you in making plans to visit the sites that you want to visit.
Whatever your interests, archeology, history, religion, enjoying the sun and surf, floating in the dead sea, food, museums, or just hanging out, you will be enchanted with Israel. It is easy to get around this tiny country by public transportation or rental car, and there is so much to see.
(If you are like us and like to visit universities, we can give you some advice.)
Some of the highlights include the Jerusalem, with its churches, religious sites for many religions, and its magnificent Israel Museum. Bethlehem is nearby. Visit Masada and then float in the Dead Sea. Like busy cities, visit Tel Aviv and see its nightlife and street art. Visit the Negev by Jeep and see how Israel is reclaiming the desert. Or go north to Caesarea and Haifa. Or west to the disputed areas of Samaria, the east of Jordan.
Christians will want to visit Old Town Jaffa and St. Peter's Church, and Simon the Tanner, the center of early Christians Caesarea Maritima (Acts 9:30 Acts 10:24 -48), Mount Carmel (Muchraka), where Elijah issued his challenge to the False Prophets. Jezerel Valley to visit the town Jesus lived in Nazareth (Luke 1:26, Luke 4:16 Luke 4:29, Matthew 2:23), and enjoy a beautiful view from the top of Mt. Precipice, also known as Mt. of Precipitation, and Mount of the Leap of the Lord believed to be the site of the rejection of Jesus, described by Luke (Luke 4:29 Luke 4:30), we continue to the Church of Annunciation. Visit the Jesus Boat near Kibbutz Nof Ginosar, and in the Golan Heights, the Banias, ancient Ceasarea Philippi (Matthew 16:13 and Mark 8:27) where Jesus said “On this rock I will build my Church.” This is two of the 10 day Christian Tour by IsraelTours.co.