Journey through the Holy Land: June 1- June 11, 2019
Plumb the depths of the faith as you discover the geographical origins of Christianity
and experience our shared Biblical history in an entirely new light. Explore ancient
Old Testament sites, walking in the footsteps of Israel’s patriarchs, matriarchs,
kings and prophets. Visit New Testament locations and come to know the land where
Jesus' birth, ministry, death and resurrection took place.
Gain a transformative understanding of the Christian faith.
This journey is designed to provide a unique intellectual and spiritual experience,
nourishing the mind, heart and spirit. Sites visited will be considered from biblical,
theological, historical and archaeological perspectives, enabling a deep understanding
of the Jewish roots of the Christian faith and the evolving ancient culture that shaped
the lives of the great men and women of the Bible. Personal and group reflection on
the religious significance of the land and the world-changing events that occurred there,
and time for prayer and celebration of the liturgy will also be part of our daily
Site visits include...
The Neguev desert (Beersheva, Arad, Gezer), Galilee (Nazareth, Golan Heights, Dan,
Megiddo, Magdala, Capernaum, Sea of Galilee, Cana, Mt. Tabor), Jordan Valley, Qumran,
Jericho, Jerusalem (Temple Mount, Tomb of King David, Kidron Valley, Gethsemane, Mt.
of Olives, Israel Museum), Dead Sea, Masada, Emmaus and Jaffa.
Affiliate Assistant Professor of Theology, Neuhoff School of Ministry
Fr. Ramirez earned a licentiate and doctorate in biblical sciences from the Pontifical
Biblical Institute in Rome. He holds baccalaureates in philosophy from the Pontifical
Gregorian University and in theology from Pontifical Athaeneum Regina Apostolorum.
His field of expertise is the Old Testament. He has taught biblical theology in Rome,
San Antonio, Texas and Baltimore, Maryland. Fr. Ramirez has been leading tours to
the Holy Land for almost 20 years.
Mark Goodwin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Theology
Mark Goodwin, Ph.D. received his doctoral degree from Yale University in 1992 and
has taught in the Theology Department at the University of Dallas since 1993. Dr.
Goodwin's interests in scripture are wide-ranging, but are focused on the New Testament
and its first century Jewish environment. He taught for three years on the Rome Campus,
and has served as Chair of the Department of Theology, Interim Dean of the School
of Ministry, and the Faculty Senate. Dr. Goodwin organized the outstandingNostra Aetate event in 2015-16.
Maura Sala, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor at the Theological Faculty of Northern Italy (Milan) and Chercheur
associé at the École biblique et archéologique française (EBAF) of Jerusalem for the
study of archaeological materials stored in the EBAF Museum
Maura Sala has a doctorate in archaeology from the Università la Sapienza in Rome.
She also held a post-doctoral fellowship in the field of Mediterranean and Near Eastern
Archeology at the Italian Institute of Human Sciences (SUM) in Florence. Maura has
been the field director of the Archaeological Expedition to Tell es-Sultan/ ancient
Jericho and has extensively published on the archaeology of the Levant (Syria-Palestina).
Since 2010, she has organized study journeys and trips to Israel, Palestine and Jordan
for students and professors of various universities including Sapienza University
of Rome, Faculty of Theology of Lugano and Pontifical Urban University (Vatican).
Moshe Malka has more than 22 years of experience in tourism, organizing and leading
tours throughout Israel. He is licensed with the Ministry of Tourism and is the co-owner
and CEO of “Gates to Israel,” a tour company providing full VIP tailor-made services
to both English and Spanish-speaking tourists.
Since 1992, Moshe has been an active tour guide. He has experience working with diverse audiences.
He has guided individuals and families on private tours as well as full size groups,
Jews and non-Jews, congresses as well as pilgrims, leisure tours, incentives, small
groups and big groups.
Specializing in leading Christian tours and Biblical trips to Israel for different
denominations, Moshe has a deep knowledge of Christianity and Judaism, especially
the Jewish roots of Christianity. As such, he also travels to the U.S. to promote
tourism to Israel, give lectures and presentations and answer questions about Israel.
Moshe grew up in religious schools, supportive in both teaching and practice. His
deep knowledge of Judaism is both theological and practical. This background, together
with his deep understanding of Christianity, allows him to provide a rich and meaningful
experience for his tourists.
Dates: June 1-June 11, 2019 (May 31 and June 12 are travel days)
Travel Arrangements & Cost: $5,500 Includes...
International airfare from DFW airport (participants are responsible for getting to
Assistance at Ben Gurion Airport and guide-escorted transfers on arrival and departure
Four-star hotel accommodation (price based on double occupancy rooms)
Full Israeli buffet breakfast and dinners at hotels (lunch on your own).
Deluxe motor-coach transportation and tours with professional, government-licensed
All tour-itinerary associated entrance fees and tips for drivers, guides, hotel and
Spiritual theological presentations, educational lectures and liturgical celebrations
throughout the week
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