"The Land of Prophets, Priests and Kings"
A Study in Old and New Testament Backgrounds
March 3-14, 2021


Ross and Patti Halbersma and New Hope Church invite you to join a unique journey to the Holy Land. This journey to Israel with Dr. Steven Notley 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 is of special interest. Our aim is 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)



March 3:   Depart USA
March 4:   Arrive Israel
March 5:   Arad, Beersheva, Elah Valley, Gezer
March 6:   Caesarea, Mt. Carmel, Sepphoris, Nazareth
March 7:   Hazor, Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Golan Heights
March 8:   Bethsaida, Chorazin, Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, First Century Boat, Boat Ride
March 9:   Ein Harod, Beth Alpha, Beth Shan, Jericho Area
March 10:   Temple Mount, Ben Zvi, Wohl Museum, Davidson Center, City of David, Hezekiah's Tunnel, Pool of Siloam
March 11:   Herodium, Bethlehem, Nativity Church, Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, St. Anne's, Via Dolorosa, Holy Sepulcher 
March 12:   Masada, Ein Gedi, Qumran, Dead Sea, Swim
March 13:   Free Day
March 14:   Departure from Israel, Return USA


$2975  PRICE + AIRFARE:  The price includes all Israel touring related expenses, lodging, two meals a day, all service charges, tips, etc. Subject to change based on final hotel confirmations. Airfare is a personal expense.


Sunya Notley, Administrator


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  • "What a wonderful time we all had in Israel. Steve cannot be beat, as you well know. Seeing unplanned sites and doing impromptu excursions was icing on the cake; this can only happen with people like Steve and Slava who know the areas and care about the interests of the group. Both are people with servant-hearts. I learned a great deal more than I had expected, and have a much better understanding of the setting for Christ's birth and the circumstances/environment of his death. I enjoyed the hikes and we were blessed with perfect weather. Size of the group was a bonus; enjoyed lasting fellowship; never felt like I couldn't get close enough to hear what Steve was saying. Steve deserves many kudos for his spiritual insights, his kindness, knowledge, flexibility, sense of humor, and all-round positive attitude. Thank You!"
    C.J., Israel Trip