Individuals of all ages are offered a 3-week educational and intensive travel study adventure that is not a typical tour to the Holy Land but an educational indepth exploration of the land, its people and its cultures. International and local expert faculty conduct extensive field studies and lecture discussions. Three university-level certified units in Near Eastern Studies and Comparative Religious Studies are available to qualifying participants. Each program is designed with special topics per faculty expertise. Includes activities for families, biblical lifestyles, Old and New Testament studies, and much more!
Last year one participant wrote:
“Great inspiration for someone such as I who knew very little about the Holy Land ... So much more than I ever expected.” – Paul, 2017 Program
This intensive 21-day experience is packed with unique and exciting activities, visits to sacred sites, ancient cities and archaeological ruins, “locals-only" cultural experiences, on-site guest lecturers and expert faculty. In addition to more frequently visited sites, your experience includes the following destinations as circumstances allow:
• Hebron, location of the Tomb of the Patriarchs
• Shiloh, where the boy prophet Samuel & the Tabernacle of Moses resided until the days of Eli.
• Magdala, the home of Mary Magdalene & a beautiful shrine dedicated to the women in Christ's ministry.
• Mt. Gerazim, place of the Samaritan Temple and annual sacrifices during Passover.
• Nablus and Jacob's Well, where the Samaritan woman spoke with Jesus.
• Sebastia, capital of the Northern Ten Tribes of Israel, archaeological ruins of the palace of Herod Antipas where some believe John the Baptist was beheaded.
• Beer Sheba, Well of Abraham, home of Isaac and Jacob, Bedouin cultures at the kibbutz Lahav.
• Numerous locations in Jerusalem, the Negev, and the Western Coastal Plain not seen on normal tourist excursions & much more!
Program activities include:
• Simulated first century A.D. meal in the recreated Nazareth Village.
• Guest lecturers from the various religious groups, including the Jewish. Islamic, Samaritan, Druze. Baha'i, Eastern and Western Christian communities.
• Site lectures and discussions from scholars on archaeology, history, contemporary affairs, cultural life styles, biblical plants and animals, the Palestinians, Bedouins and Israelis, etc.
• Swimming in the Dead Sea, Sea of Galilee, Mediterranean Sea, and other locations.
• Time to quietly meditate at sacred sites, Shop In the open-air markets (suk), and mix with the locals, etc.
• Academic certified units are available for those who desire, as the materials presented before and during the program are Online and equivalent to university studies.
• Camel rides, working on a potter’s wheel in Hebron, visit museums seldom seen on usual tours with powerful lecture-discussions from experts, and much more!
Participant learns about weaving in the 1st Century AD Nazareth Village
Individuals of all ages are offered a 3-week educational and intensive travel study adventure that is not a typical tour to the Holy Land. International and local expert faculty conduct in-depth field studies and lecture discussions. Three university-level credits in Near Eastern Studies and Comparative Religious Studies are available to qualifying participants. Each program is designed with special topics per faculty expertise. Includes activities for families, biblical lifestyles, Old and New Testament studies, etc.
Costs, itineraries and faculty vary per program. Land only dates and prices are listed. Airline arrangements are to be made by the participants. Details on deposits, participation and travel requirements are on page 2 of the Intensive Explorations in the Holy Land Application. The following 3-week programs are offered in 2018-19:
Land only price: $3600 based on 8 participants
Faculty for this program were Dann W and Shirley S. Hone. The order of visiting sites is chosen mainly to progress through, first, the Old, and then the New Testament with emphasis on biblical lifestyles. In addition to the normal program sites, this unique itinerary includes a journey through the Negev (& a camel trek), snorkeling in the Red Sea and other field study experiences that include special activities to help participants re-live the times of the Biblical world.
The dates shown are the required arrival day and departure days from Israel. Students are responsible for their own air arrangements.
International Travel studies Institute strive to keep costs as low as possible.
• Deluxe motor coach transportation
• Accommodations in moderate-class hotels
• Sites as outlined on the itinerary
• Entrance fees
• Guest Lecturer and Faculty costs
• ITSI Educational packet each & 1 Kindle Fire 7” tablet per couple
• Breakfasts and dinners (and some lunches as outlined in the itinerary)
• Audio Headsets for travel
• Round-trip airfare to Tel Aviv
• Sightseeing not included on the group itinerary
• Additional hotel accommodations outside group travel
• Items of a personal nature (i.e., phone calls, room service, e-mails, etc.)
• Additional travel insurance and cancellation waiver
• Lunches (not included on the itinerary)
• Additional Kindle Tablet is extra
• Single supplement: c.a. $1000 (Varies on each program)
As part of its mission, International Travel Studies Institute (ITSI) offers educational units on each of its programs that provide participants with a greater depth of understanding about the countries visited. Each program has a unique offering based on the field studies program and its accompanying faculty. One may register through ITSI to receive a certificate of completion. To download course descriptions, refer to the above section "Program Itineraries, Application, & Courses".
"GENERAL ORIENTATION TO THE PEOPLES AND CULTURES OF THE HOLY LAND" This orientation course is designed to prepare participants in the program for the serious studies they will be engaged in while studying and traveling in the Near East. The course is taught online as an independent study or home study course .
Through field site explorations, guest lecturers, and faculty led discussions learn of the archaeological, historical and contemporary growth of the peoples traveled among, including a look into their religious and cultural practices.
Dann W Hone, with nearly 46 years of travel and living in the Near East, is one of the founding members of the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies and served in numerous positions at the Center, including Academic Coordinator where he was responsible for training and teaching all Jerusalem Center faculty in history, archaeology, geography, and scriptures. His studies include numerous modern and ancient languages and scripts. Dann lived in Israel for many years and received his graduate degree in Biblical History from the Jerusalem University College. A published author, Dann has written study guides and books on the Near East and recently finished volume one of a seven volume “Scriptural Reference and Exploration Series”. Dann is emeritus administrator/faculty of Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies and the Department of Ancient Scripture at BYU. After thirty years at BYU, he entered back into teaching as adjunct faculty in the Department of History and Political Science at Utah Valley University. He currently serves as the Managing Director and faculty member for the International Travel Studies Institute. Shirley and Dann have been married 45 years and are the parents of 4 sons, 2 daughters and 17 grandchildren. The family resided in Jerusalem for 7 years.
Haws Marble began his association with the Holy land in 1974 as a teacher of Old Testament on the Semester Abroad in Jerusalem. From 1980-85 Haws lived in Jerusalem and assisted with tours and the BYU student programs. This led to his 20-year employment at BYU Travel Study specifically working on tours and study programs to the Holy Land. He has made a total of 40 different trips to the Holy Land and he loves almost everything that he learns and experiences with that part of the world. Prior to this he spent 16 years teaching in the Seminary and Institute programs and in the BYU Religion Department.
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