The Archaeology and Biblical Truths of Israel 2023 | Frank Turek & Eli Shukron
With Frank Turek & Eli Shukron
From $6,299 per person
November 8-16, 2023 | Jordan & Saudi Arabia Extension – November 16-20/21, 2023
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Frank Turek & Eli Shukron
Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia
The Archaeology and Biblical Truths of Israel with Frank Turek and Eli Shukron
Join Frank Turek on a landmark Christian Israel tour with archaeologist Eli Shukron. Explore the latest exclusive finds in Biblical archaeology!
Israel with apologetics teacher Frank Turek and archaeologist, Eli Shukron, what could be better? Better would be adding the foundational narrative of the Exodus that exists today in Saudi Arabia, which is outlined in the second book of the Torah. The planned journey contains some of the most vital places of Christ’s ministry and momentous accounts in both the New and Old Testament. Join Eli and Frank in their quest to uncover the archaeological and geological evidence and the steps of the Lord Jesus Christ in Israel, coupled with the second greatest story to be told – the Exodus.
In Israel, you will spend time in Galilee and where Jesus walked, Jerusalem, places of miraculous Old Testament archeology, and the areas surrounding the teachings of Christ Jesus. Eli will showcase the newest archaeological discoveries surrounding Israel, the Second Temple, Pool of Siloam, Temple Zero, Pilgrims’ Route to the Second Temple, Shiloh, and so much more!
Before entering Arabia, you will cross over from Israel to Jordan. Enjoy an overnight stay in a beautiful 5-star resort hotel on the Red Sea of Jordan to prepare for our entry into the mysterious Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Once inside the Northwest corner of Arabia – its once unreachable secrets will begin to be understood. We will spend time visiting the archaeological aspects of Midian – the Land of Jethro and his son-in-law Moses. We will see the Split Rock of Horeb, where Moses struck the boulder, and God miraculously provided water from within.
You yourself will survey Jabal al-Lawz (Mount Sinai), with its charred and blackened summit. Discover for yourself why Jewish and Bedouin traditions have continued for centuries to call this peak “The Mountain of Moses”. During the sojourn at the mountain, you will visit what can only be a stone altar in a location directly under Elijah’s Cave. You will witness the Golden Calf Altar which is also under the incredible mountain. Next, Marah – site of Bitter water, Elim – the miracle of the quail, and so much more!
We hope you can join us either on the main Israel core tour, or with Saudi Arabia and Jordan on the extension. The expedition includes round-trip airfare from Newark (return to Dulles if taking Saudi extension). You can also book your own air from your home city. Also included: luxury accommodations within Israel and Jordan (standard accommodations in Saudi Arabia), and an option to camp at the base of Jabal al-Lawz; upgraded meals and teachings with incredible fellowship.
Due to the nature of the tour, we are limiting the group size for both segments. Book early. Price of the Israel tour is $6,299 per person, based on two people sharing a room. Saudi Arabia/Jordan extension is an additional $2,499 per person.
“For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light.” — Lk 8:17
“But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” — Da 12:4
INCLUDED IN THIS TOUR:
- Boutique Luxury Accommodations in Israel and the Red Sea/Jordan.
- Guiding by world-renowned archaeologist and professional guide – Eli Shukron.
- On-site teaching from Christian apologist – Frank Turek.
- Unique meals and opportunities for memory making fellowship.
- Visit to the unique ‘Temple Zero’ discovery in the City of David, Pilgrim’s Path and the Pool of Siloam’s connection to the Second Temple.
- Visits to rarely seen Biblically rich archaeological sites with fresh insight as it relates to our current times.
- Economy Class Air on United Airlines from the East Coast (round-trip), or return on Saudia Airlines if you take the extension.
- Optional opportunity to camp in a very comfortable mobile camp at the base of Jabal al-Lawz, under the blackened top of Jabal Maqla. Mount Sinai in Arabia!
- Opportunity to visit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that will showcase the Land of Midian, Land of Jethro and his son-in-law, Moses.
- See the crossing site(s) of the Red Sea and the sites of the miracle of the Split Rock of Horeb, the quail of Elim, the bitter waters of Marah and the well of Moses.
- November 8
- Depart Newark at 3:55PM on United (or take own airfare).
We have airfare for the group if you wish to use it. We depart from the Newark, NJ airport today on United Airlines at 3:55PM. Please be at the airport at least 3 hours before departure if you are connecting from another flight and are checking your luggage.
- November 9
- Joppa, Herzliya, Mediterranean Sea overnight and welcome dinner.
The main group arrives in Tel Aviv on United #84, scheduled to arrive at 9:20AM. If you arranged your own air, please be at the “international arrivals” hall at the Tel Aviv airport before our flight arrives, or at our hotel for dinner at 6:30PM. You will be met by our greeter with a sign saying “Living Passages” at the Tel Aviv airport. Please try to wear your shirts so you can identify each other. On our way to our beautiful hotel, we stop at the Biblically rich town of Jaffa (or Joppa). It started with Joshua and the Conquest, who was instructed to give the land to the Danites. Then Joppa was taken and used by both David and Solomon. The story of Jonah was here. In Jesus’ day, it is the site of the miracles of Tabitha, Dorcas, and of Peter and the gospel to the Gentiles with Cornelius. You may want to grab a falafel or bite from one of the seaside quaint restaurants. Next, drive 30 minutes to our luxury hotel, Ritz Carlton Herzliya located on the Mediterranean. Rest today, enjoy a walk around the beautiful marina and waterfront, or take advantage of their spa facilities. Welcome dinner at 6:30PM.
- November 10
- Akko (Acre), Mount Carmel, Caesarea Maritima, Jezreel Valley, Megiddo, Nazareth Precipice.
Begin our day with a unique visit to the Old City of Akko (Acre) – a World Heritage Site of many important ancient peoples. Next, drive the ridge of Mount Carmel – where Elijah called fire down. Return to the Mediterranean Sea, with lunch at the promenade of Caesarea Maritima. Walk together under the ancient aqueduct with teaching by Frank at the remains of Herod’s Palace. We will stand at the place where the Apostle Paul was most likely imprisoned before his final journey to Rome. Lastly, sit in its magnificent theatre. Head inland, and our next stop is the Jezreel Valley. We will visit Megiddo – rebuilt militarily by King Solomon. It is here where both King Josiah and King Ahaziah died. Strategically, we will learn of its prophetic importance. We will drive up to the “Precipice” or viewpoint near Nazareth over Armageddon. This viewpoint is where the people of Nazareth sought to throw Jesus from the cliff. Return to our beautiful hotel on the Mediterranean for dinner.
- Breakfast, Dinner
- November 11
- Sea of Galilee! Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes, fish lunch, Chorazin, Sea of Galilee cruise, Mount Arbel.
Galilee! The first stop is Capernaum, which more than any other place is known as the City of Jesus. Walk the beach, step on the stones, and sit in the synagogue. HE was here. Afterward, we have a lovely teaching of Jesus from the Mount of Beatitudes. Fish lunch on the Sea of Galilee and then visit the black stone remnants of the synagogue Jesus spoke of – Chorazin. We stop for a coffee at the ancient Jesus Boat and board our lovely late afternoon cruise on the Sea of Galilee. End the day with a view from Mount Arbel before returning to our seaside hotel.
- Breakfast, Dinner
- November 12
- Shiloh, Samaria, Mount Gerizim, Mount Ebal, winery lunch, Bethel, Jerusalem.
Depart the Ritz Carlton this morning as we drive to Shiloh -one of the newest archaeological jewels of Biblical times. Today Eli joins us for the rest of the tour time. You will have a tour of the new site and will receive an explanation of where the Tabernacle sat for 369 years. Next is another unique Biblical stop – Samaria. From here we will have a view of the mounts of Blessings and Curses of Deuteronomy – Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal. Lunch at a lovely winery. Our last visit of the day is unique to most tours – ancient Bethel (House of God). Finally, our destination: “Oh Jerusalem! How much I loved you!” We enter Jerusalem – our home for the next 4 nights. Check into the boutique 5+ hotel Mamilla. It is located across from Jaffa Gate – one of the most important gates to the Old City.
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- November 13
- City of David, Pilgrims’ Road, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Temple Zero, Pool of Siloam, Gihon Spring, Temple tunnels, Archeological Park, Trumpeting Stone, Southern Steps, Western Wall.
Your morning is a highlight. Visiting the City of David with Eli Shukron! Eli will lead you into the underside to see the real history of today’s Jerusalem to show you where King David resided, where the Tabernacle first came into Jerusalem, where the important opening at Hezekiah’s Tunnel is, where the precious waters of the Pool of Siloam is, Pilgrims Road to the ancient walls, Gihon Spring, Temple Tunnels and so much more! We will travel to the historic Archaeological Park where we will sit on the Southern Steps. The very steps that Jesus walked into Jerusalem. Today will be a very full day of learning and exposure to the accuracy of The Word through archaeology. Dinner together.
- November 14
- Temple Mount, Western Wall, Antonia Fortress, Pool of Bethesda, St. Anne’s, Bethlehem.
Eli and Frank will take us this morning up to the prophetically important Temple Mount. We will survey and walk around the areas of importance – including the Western Wall. We will stand next to Al Aqsa Mosque and the much-photographed Dome of the Rock which is built over the site of Abraham’s miracle with Isaac. Next, Antonia Fortress, and come down into the Pool of Bethesda.
After this, there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. – John 5:1-2
Worship together at St. Anne’s and walk out of the Old City. Take a short drive to the precious town of Bethlehem. We will have a fabulous lunch in a Bedouin tent overlooking the shepherd’s fields of Our Lord’s birth. After lunch drive up the Mount Herodium – where Herod created his magnificent tomb. Return to the hotel for a rest. Dinner together this evening is overlooking the Old City walls from the historic Notre Dame roof restaurant.
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- November 15
- Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Israeli Museum, Shrine of the Book, Christian Quarter, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and end the day at the Garden Tomb.
First, we have a magnificent view of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives and then a private visit to a hidden hillside of the Garden of Gethsemane. A short drive this morning to the Israeli Museum. After teaching at the impressive model of Jerusalem, you will have time to enter the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit called the Shrine of the Book. Take time to grab a sandwich at one of their restaurants. Enter back into the gates of Jerusalem to the Christian Quarter for a walk down the lively stone pathways and onto the traditional Via Dolorosa – time to pop your head into the busy Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Finish our day with communion and worship at the Garden Tomb. Farewell dinner at the hotel. Say goodbye to the group departing for Saudi tomorrow. You can also depart the hotel on your own tomorrow if you are not continuing to Saudi Arabia with the group.
- Breakfast, Dinner
- November 16-21, 2023
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Dr. Frank Turek
Speaker and Award-Winning Author, CrossExamined
Dr. Frank Turek is a dynamic speaker and award-winning author or coauthor of four books: Stealing from God: Why Atheists Need God to make their Case, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, Correct, Not Politically Correct and Legislating Morality. As the President of CrossExamined.org, Frank presents powerful and entertaining evidence for Christianity at churches, high schools and at secular college campuses that often begin hostile to his message. He has also debated several prominent atheists including Christopher Hitchens and David Silverman, president of American Atheists.
Frank hosts an hour-long TV program each week called I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist that is broadcast Wednesday nights on DirecTV Channel 378 (the NRB Network). His radio program called CrossExamined with Frank Turek airs on 186 stations every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. eastern and is available continuously on the free CrossExamined App.
A former aviator in the US Navy, Frank has a master’s degree from the George Washington University and a doctorate from Southern Evangelical Seminary. He and his wife, Stephanie, are blessed with three grown sons.