"The Life and Land of Jesus"
A Study in Old and New Testament Backgrounds
February 12-24, 2020


Dr. Wanda Malcolm of Wycliffe College invites you to join her and Dr. Steven Notley on a unique study program to Israel. This program centers upon the lives and ministries of familiar Old Testament and New Testament personalities. With the land as our classroom, with archaeology, history, geography, language and culture as our resources, we will journey back into the religious, political, cultural and geographical environment of prophets, priests and kings. Jesus’ ministry within a complex religious environment will be of special interest. As students and laypersons, we seek to better understand the influences and the impact of the biblical record within its various contexts. We anticipate a rich and rewarding program. Our goal is to search the Scriptures, break bread together and fellowship in travel, that we also might proclaim, “Did not our hearts burn within us as He spoke to us on the way?” (Luke 24:32)


February 12   Depart Toronto
February 13   Arrive Israel; Transfer to Arad
February 14   Arad, Nahal Zin, Beersheva, Khirbet Qeiyafa, Gezer
February 15   Caesarea, Mount Carmel, Sepphoris, Nazareth 
February 16   Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Gamla
February 17   Bethsaida, Chorazin, Mt. of Beatitudes, Primacy of Peter, Capernaum, 1st Century Boat, Sea of Galilee Boat Ride
February 18   Ein Harod, Beth Alpha, Beth Shean, Jericho area
February 19   Temple Mount, Old City Walk, Ben Zvi Museum, Shorashim, Afternoon Free
February 20   Jewish Quarter Excavations, Davidson Center, Southern Steps, City of David, Hezekiah's Tunnel, Pool of Siloam
February 21   Mt. of Olives, Dominus Flavit, Gethsemane, Bethesda Pools, Via Dolorosa, Holy Sepulcher, Bethlehem, Church of Nativity 
February 22   Masada, Ein Gedi, Qumran, Dead Sea
February 23   Free Day
February 24   Depart Israel, Return Toronto

$2700 US DOLLARS     ISRAEL ONLY    Airfare is not included in this price. You are responsible for the purchase of your own airline tickets to and from Israel. A bursary fund is available to assist students with the cost of this trip. The price includes all Israel program related expenses, lodging, two meals a day, service charges, group transfers, tips, etc. 

Dr. Wanda Malcolm
(416) 946-3551

Dr. Wink Thompson, Administrator
(252) 622-4201



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  • "First of all, the trip was wonderful. I realize more and more how much of a gift it was since arriving home. It was a true blessing to have someone of the caliber of Steve leading it. While I have no criticisms, I would like to share how my mindset changed during the trip. Prior to arrival, I thought the journey would impact me more spiritually. In fact, my experience evolved into a history lesson where I become somewhat disconnected from the sites on a spiritual level. I was a little concerned with myself not having that spiritual impact. Mentioning this mind set to one of my fellow travelers, she stated she felt the same way but was not concerned as God is everywhere and Christianity is not really fueled by locations, but rather by the Spirit. That statement really hit home at the time and provided me a sense of peace. I stopped worrying about the spiritual side and just let the trip unfold. Looking back, the true blessing was the trip and the lessons grounded in the Bible for me. I know more now about the land of Jesus, the terrain and distances involved. It has made my Bible study come more alive as I can now place all of the locations. That takes sort of the "logical" mystery out of the Bible for me, and I can better focus on the spiritual side. Since coming home, I found myself more at a sense of peace than before on many levels. The mere act of such a travel experience -- I had never gone any farther than Mexico -- combined with the Bible history lesson broadened my mind and soul. The trip continues to grow on me since arriving home. For me, now is the time of spiritual fulfillment. In a few years, I hope to take my wife and would not hesitate -- in fact would seek out -- an Emmaus trip. Thanks and God Bless."
    T.H., Israel Trip