WELCOME

Kathi and I invite you to join us on an unforgettable trip to the Holy Land. Yes, we are planning another Israel trip. The feedback from our October 2017 Israel trip has been off the chart. Some have indicated they want to return on another trip and a lot (!) of interest has been generated for us to plan another trip. So, here we go again.

Visit the Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and so much more. We anticipate a great time as we explore the historical places and roots of our Judaic and Christian heritage. With geography, history, archaeology and culture as our resources, the land and people of ancient and modern Israel will become more meaningful, and even provide life applications for us who live a world far, far removed from Old Testament and New Testament Israel.  

To travel the land of the Bible, to read, and to discuss the events of the Bible where they took place is an unforgettable experience. Historical insights and inspirational fellowship will encourage your heart, strengthen your faith and deepen your walk with our Lord.

Enjoy the calm and peaceful atmosphere of the Sea of Galilee where so much of Jesus’ ministry took place. Visit the Mount of Beatitudes and float effortlessly in the Dead Sea. Walk up the steps leading to the area of the ancient Jewish Temple and learn how those in the New Testament took care to be ritually pure before entering. See the area of shops that probably experienced the disfavor of Jesus as they were accused of turning that area from a “place of prayer” into a “den of thieves.” Experience the sights, sounds and fragrances of Jerusalem’s Old City market places and walk down from the Mount of Olives to the area of the Garden of Gethsemane as you gaze across to the walled city of Jerusalem. A recent pilgrim on a prior trip said, “This is like experiencing your faith in 3D.” I think all of us who have visited the Holy Land would agree and we might also add, you will never read your Bible the same again. It will come alive as never before.

I am really excited that Dr. Steve Notley of Nyack College, NY will serve as our guide. Steve is the co-founder of Emmaus Educational Services. Steve is an accomplished scholar, prolific writer of books and articles, is the Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Nyack College, and is the Academic Director of the El-Araj Excavation being conducted along the north shore of the Sea of Galilee. He received his Ph.D. from Hebrew University. Steve lived sixteen years in Jerusalem with his wife and four children, during which time he was the founding chair of the New Testament Studies program at the Jerusalem University College.  Steve has been directing groups of students and laypeople to Israel and the eastern Mediterranean region for over 25 years. 

Kathi and I are really excited to have so much interest in another trip to Israel. It is hard for me to say "no" so, mark your calendar and join us if you can. It will be great to have you along as repeat visitors or as first-timers to Israel. 

Your contact person for this trip is ...

Dr. Wink Thompson, Emmaus Administrator
252-622-4201 (Eastern Time Zone)
info@EmmausOnline.net 

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Testimonials

  • "This program will have a long lasting effect in the years to come. It is impossible to gain the full impact of what you are learning on the trip. It takes some time and consideration when you return to realize and unpack the wealth of knowledge that you have received from both Dr. Notley and Dr. Thompson. The program also allows you to see the Scriptures in a new light. Having the understanding and grasp that both of our professors have for the land is truly a rare quality. Their combined passion for the land and for the Lord is unequaled in my experiences in North America. Not only are they gifted, but their pursuit and goal is to pass this passion on to their students. Dr. Thompson provided OT insights that can only be experienced by being in the land. Dr. Notley gave insights to Scripture that can only be seen if we view Jesus in His 1st century setting and have a grasp of the land. I am truly grateful that they combined their talents to provide this program. It is by their effort and others that the Holy Land is made accessible to the heart and mind of each group. The land and the trip were life changing."
    J.G., Israel Trip