With Frank Turek of Cross Examined (Joined by Bob Cornuke in Jerusalem)
June 11-21, 2014
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Bob and Frank were amazing! Absolutely fabulous trip. Rhonda did an excellent job!Join us on a Christian Israel tour with Frank Turek, author and host of I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, June 11-21,2014. Frank will be joined by Bob Cornuke, our own “Indiana Jones,” on the last 3 days of the trip in Jerusalem. This Christian Israel tour not only visits Jerusalem, Galilee, Bethlehem, Caesarea, Golan Heights, Nazareth, and the Dead Sea, but the tour has unique visits to the City of David, Shechem, Temple Mount – with a unique sifting project in tandem with it, Hazor, a walk through the Valley Kidron, Caesarea Phillippi and so much more! Unique and new archeological discoveries will be offered on this tour. You will have the opportunity to visit tunnels only recently opened (May 2013) that have significant Biblical and prophetic implications and more. You will also spend in Jericho and the wilderness area with 2 restful nights at a beautiful resort – Herod’s Spa on the Dead Sea.
It’s been about a month since I returned from Israel, so it is way past time to thank you for putting together a true trip of a lifetime! It was all and more than I expected … and I have about 500 photos to prove it. And Roman was a fantastic guide! He was a wealth of knowledge — biblical, messianic, archaeological, historical, cultural…he gave us all some new and exciting perspectives!
This family-friendly, Bible-based vacation is more than just any ordinary trip to Israel. You will have our teachers and hosts, Frank Turek with Bob Cornuke joining us in Jerusalem. We will also have praise and worship each evening, stimulating Biblical discussions and camaraderie with other Bible-believing vacationers, an opportunity to add-on a mission focused/archeological wonder trip to Ethiopia and learn about Israel under two fantastic Bible teachers! If you have family, this will be the vacation for you! The trip spends 3 nights on the Sea of Galilee, 2 nights on the Dead Sea, 1 night on the Mediterranean Sea and 3 nights in Jerusalem. The trip price is $4,299 per person sharing. There is a child’s rate of $3,999 if sharing with two adults. The price is $4,186 per person for an adult in a triple room (12 and over). This price includes round-trip airfare from New York, all taxes and fuel surcharges, hotels for the duration, most meals, all taxes, tours and teachings. There are some low air add-on’s from numerous other cities. A few key highlights on this Christian Israel tour include:
Rhonda did an amazing job of coordinating everything and the teachings by Bob and Frank were fantastic! What an excellent team to be a part of!
- Teachings by apologetics expert – Frank Turek and archeology discussions with Biblical discoverer Bob Cornuke
- Participate in a unique sifting project of the remains just recently gleaned from Temple Mount in Jerusalem
- Optional visit during our free day on the Dead Sea to visit Masada and Qumran (although you will see the Dead Sea Scrolls on the normal tour at the museum in Jerusalem)
- 3-Nights on the Sea of Galilee for an in-depth visit of the places of Jesus’ ministry, including lakeside Bible studies
- Visits to both the Rabbinical Tunnels and newly opened tunnels that connect to the Pools of Siloam
- Unique walk through the Kidron Valley and Gehenna adjacent to the Old City
- 2-Night stay at a luxury resort on the Dead Sea
- Beautiful hotels throughout the stay!
- Option to add-on an “In Search of the Ark of the Covenant” expedition at the end of the tour to Ethiopia with BASE Institute and Bob Cornuke.
|June 11||Depart your home city to connect to New York, JFK airport. The flight will depart JFK at approximately 6:00 pm.|
|June 12||Arrive Tel Aviv at 2:45PM. After clearing customs, we will be met by our guide Raouf and board our bus and take a scenic drive through Jaffa, the oldest port in the world. Jonah set sail for Tarshish from Jaffa but was swallowed by a large fish. Jaffa was also the home of Tabitha, who was raised from the dead by Peter. Peter had his vision here while lodging in the home of Simon the Tanner. We then drive north through the city of Tel Aviv to Nethanya for dinner and overnight. BLD|
|June 13||We begin where the baptism of Gentiles began: at Caesarea Maritima (Acts 10). We include the sunken harbor, the hippodrome, the theatre and the Roman aqueduct. Then we drive to Muhraka (“burnt offering”) on Mt. Carmel, with a panorama of the Plain of Jezreel (Esdraelon), where in 1 Kings 18, the confrontation between Elijah and the prophets of Baal took place. We will continue to Megiddo for the background to Armageddon in Revelation 16. After surveying the Plain of Jezreel, we will enjoy a view of Mt. Tabor. We go on to Cana, commemorating Jesus’ transformation of water into wine. We end the day at the Arbel cliff, which affords a view over the Lake of Galilee and the main sites of Jesus’ ministry. We have dinner and overnight on the Sea of Galilee at a lakeside kibbutz. BD|
|June 14||A Day on the Sea of Galilee We drive up to the Mount of Beatitudes (Matthew 5-7). Those who wish may walk down the hill to the lake and meet the group at Tabgha where Christians have long remembered the first feeding of the multitude (Mark 6) and nearby, the breakfast of John 21. We continue to Capernaum where Franciscan archaeologists believe they have uncovered the house of Peter (Mark 1 and 2). We drive the northern end of the Sea of Galilee heading east and we stop at Bethsaida, which is the fishing village of the Gospels. This village was the home town of Peter, Andrew, and Philip (John 1:44). Here, as well as Capernaum and Chorazin, Jesus performed most of his miracles, healed a blind man, and cursed all three towns for their failure to repent. In Luke’s account, the feeding of the 5000 occurred in the area of Bethsaida. We continue driving around the eastern shores of the Sea of Galilee for a fish lunch. It is here you can have an opportunity to be baptized by Frank. After lunch we drive further south We stop at the location of Kursi at the site of the miracle of the swine. BLD|
|June 15||We proceed towards the Golan Heights and we start with a brief stop at Hazor, the largest Canaanite city, for a view of Mount Hermon and its surroundings. Onward to Dan, where we combine a nature walk beside the Upper Jordan with views of the ancient ruins, including the Israelite high place that supported a golden calf (I Kings 12). A short drive then takes us to the spring of Caesarea Philippi (Banias), where Peter confessed his recognition of Jesus as Christ. (Matthew 16.) Here we can visit the stunning remains of a firstcentury AD palace belonging to Agrippas II. We drive around Mt. Hermon for a glimpse of Damascus, 45 miles away, then head back over the Golan Heights to our home on the Sea of Galilee. We end our day with an hour on the lake in a wooden boat modeled on one from Jesus’ time. ( Mathew 14) BD|
|June 16||The lower Galilee and the Jordan Valley. Today we visit three major sites: Beth Shean, Ein Harod and Jericho. We drive down into the Jordan Valley to the strategic crossing point between the Jordan Valley and the Jezreel which is located in the city of Beth Shean (aka Scythopolis). Here, we will climb the Tel to view the setting of Saul’s death (I Samuel 28 – II Samuel 1). We shall then survey the magnificent Roman and Byzantine ruins: theatre, bathhouses, ancient rest rooms, market areas, colonnaded streets. Then we drive through the Dotan Valley, where Joseph’s brothers threw him into a cistern, and pass Samaria, Ahab’s capital. At Nablus (Shechem), we visit the mound of the ancient city where Joshua renewed the covenant. We stop at nearby Jacob’s Well, site of Jesus’ conversation with a Samaritan woman. We then drive through the lovely valley of Bidan and down Wadi Fariah, the pass through which Jacob (and probably his grandfather before him) entered the promised land. At Jericho, we visit the tell of this oldest city and view the traditional mountain of Jesus’ temptation. Continuing south through the Rift Valley we drive along the western shores of the Dead Sea to Ein Bokek where we check into our hotel for luxury Dead Sea spa and resort. Dinner and overnight. BD|
|June 17||Today is free day to enjoy the lake, pools or spa at our resort on the Dead Sea. There will be an optional tour of Masada with a tour of Qumran Cave #6, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Overnight again, Dead Sea. Dinner this evening is on your own. B Day 8. Wednesday June 18: We visit Bethlehem today, the site of Jesus birth. We visit the Church of the Nativity and then Shepherd’s Fields. Later in the day we enter Jerusalem. As Jesus Himself entered the city, we will descend the Mt. of Olives via Palm Sunday Road. We will face the prophetic Western Gate and have fantastic views of the City of Our God. We will visit he Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed and wept. We visit the Kidron Valley next, past the prophetic Valley of Jehosophat and up to Mt. Zion. We overnight in Jerusalem today. BD|
|June 19||We will have an incredible day today. We will be joined by Bob Cornuke today as we study Jerusalem together. We will have a visit to Temple Mount early and then into the newly opened tunnels, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Pool of Siloam, the City of David and finally Gehenna. Late in the day you can enjoy participating in a sifting project of rubble found at Temple Mount near the city of David, or have a free time for shopping. Overnight in Jerusalem. Enjoy a study overlooking Temple Mount. BD|
|June 20||To day we enjoy another day in the Old City. We start at Dung Gate, visit the Pools of Bethesda, St. Anne’s Church, the Cardo, walk the Via Dolorosa and finally end with communion at the Garden Tomb and Golgotha (the Way of the Cross) and site of Christ’s crucifixion. This afternoon we will visit the Israel Museum – home to the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, Gideon’s Scroll, the horned altar and much more. Evening celebration dinner together. BD|
|June 21||Those flying to the US have an early morning departure this morning, arriving JFK in the morning. You can connect home anytime after 2:00PM. Those going to Ethiopia will have a 7AM departure. B|
Dr. Frank Turek is a dynamic speaker and award-winning author or coauthor of three books: I Don’t have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, Correct, Not Politically Correct and Legislating Morality. As the President of CrossExamined.org, Frank impacts young and old alike at colleges, high schools and churches with hard yet entertaining evidence for Christianity. He hosts a hour long TV program each week called I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist that is broadcast Wednesday nights at 9pm and 1am Eastern on DirecTV Channel 378 (the NRB Network). His radio program called CrossExamined with Frank Turek airs on 144 stations every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. eastern. Frank also writes a column for Townhall.com and has appeared on many TV and radio programs including: The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity and Colmes, Faith under Fire, Politically Incorrect, The Bible Answerman, and Focus on the Family. He has debated atheist Christopher Hitchens twice. A former Aviator in the U.S. Navy, Frank has a Masters from George Washington University and a Doctorate in Apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary.
To help reverse the exodus of young people from the Christian faith, Frank conducts dynamic I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist outreach events on campus. At these events, Frank presents the evidence for Christianity, cross-examines arguments against it, and answers student questions. You can see short video clips of Dr. Turek here: http://crossexamined.org/videos.asp
Robert Cornuke, a former police investigator and SWAT team member, is a biblical investigator, international explorer, and best-selling author who has conducted and participated in numerous expeditions in search of verifiable historic sites and artifacts from biblical history. He has appeared on the CBS television special “Ancient Secrets of the Bible,” NBC’s Dateline, MSNBC, 700 Club, FOX Television Network, and Ripley’s Believe it or Not. Articles about Bob and his adventures have appeared in Newsweek, People, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and Bible Review. Bob participated in a special assignment for network television, going into Afghanistan during U.S. bombing strikes and was invited by special request to speak to the White House staff in Washington DC. He holds a PhD. in Bible and Theology from Louisiana Baptist University and serves as special advisor for the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools. He is an adjunct professor at Louisiana Baptist University and lectures at Colorado Christian University. Bob is president of the Bible Archaeology Search and Exploration (BASE) Institute located in Colorado Springs, CO, where he lives with his wife and children.
The last century has seen the discovery of numerous artifacts of tremendous Biblical archeological significance: The Dead Sea Scrolls, Tel Hazor in Galilee, The Shroud of Turin, and many others that have bought ancient history to life in the modern age, and opened the door to spiritual rebirth worldwide.
As an international explorer and author, Bob Cornuke has followed the Exodus route of Moses; dived the Red Sea in search of Pharaoh’s chariots; searched for the lost Ark of the Covenant in Israel and Ethiopia; traveled to Eastern Turkey on several expeditions with Apollo 15 astronaut James Irwin; researched and explored extensively in Iran; has searched underwater in Malta for the anchors from Paul’s shipwreck (Acts 27); and has undertaken a number of other remarkable expeditions. Bob’s research and amazing findings regarding Mt. Sinai have garnered worldwide acclaim by scholars and captured the interest of the media and general public. Now, Bob takes on his greatest adventure to-date.
After hundreds of books, dozens of expeditions, and decades of theological and archeological exploration, the debate over the existence and the possible whereabouts regarding the remains of Noah’s Ark continues. Noted historians, scientists, and explorers have searched for clues, with the focus of their search centering on Mt. Ararat in Turkey; widely-believed, but never proven, to be the landing site of the Ark. But author-investigator Cornuke, founder of the Bible Archaeology, Search & Exploration (B.A.S.E.) Institute, has always been focused on the mountainous regions of Iran (Mt. Soleiman) as the likely landing place for he Ark. Cornuke, a respected author, lecturer, and frequent resource for Discovery & the History Channel, has dedicated himself to the quest for archaeological evidence and artifacts that validate the Bible.
For over two decades, Cornuke has used both his expedition experience and his background as a former CSI specialist, retracing the steps and accounts of Ed Davis, an army officer stationed in Iran in 1943. Davis, who passed a lie detector test, claims to have been taken to the Ark’s resting place, and was able to offer both a detailed verbal account, and drawings of what he had seen. Relying on instincts honed from years in law enforcement, the fact that Biblical point toward the Ark’s ultimate destinations being further east than traditionally thought, and the disappointing lack of progress in finding any evidence of boats that other alleged eyewitnesses claimed to see on Mount Ararat, which Cornuke has climbed several times, led him to believe that Davis’ story was worth investigating.
Over two decades of research and reconnaissance in Turkey and Iran resulted in Bob Corunke completing an expedition this July that brings exciting and hopeful news. Cornuke and his team went back to Iran (Cornuke’s 4th expedition there) where they braved treacherous climbing conditions, and a hostile political environment, to uncover a wealth of evidence that carbon daters, geologists and spiritual archeologists say holds promise of being the true remains of Noah’s Ark.
Numerous photos, video footage, and samples were collected at the site, which Cornuke and a world-wide team of experts are studying. Evidence of petrified wood, which a renowned carbon dating facility places as being historically old enough, and photos and footage of what geological experts say appears to be a “hand-hewed” structure, give Biblical archeologists and other experts cause for optimism that Cornuke may finally have lifted the veil on a centuries-long quest for the greatest Bible legend ever chronicled.
As Cornuke compiles his team, and awaits the opportunity to once again face the unyielding dangers of man and nature to explore the myths and realities of the Bible, he has chronicled his journey to-date in a book called Ark Fever (Tyndale, October 2005). Ark Fever, details Cornuke’s quest to learn the truth about Noah’s Ark, and the many risky experiences of climbing icy peaks, dodging bullets, evading capture, and facing the unyielding dangers of man and nature to explore the myths and realities of the Bible.