I am leaving on December 31 to lead a tour in Israel and Jordan. This is my fifth trip to Israel since 2005 and I am looking forward to this one a great deal. This trip is a bit different since most of the group are adults as opposed to college students. (I suppose that means less uphill walking and more frequent bathroom breaks!) After visiting in May, I am also looking forward to cooler temperatures in the desert. I hope to visit Southern Temple and City of David excavations since they have been “in the news” quite a bit lately.
One of the highlights of my tours is spending a few days at Tamar, an archaeological part south of the Dead Sea. The site is small but unique, with remains from the Iron Age (include a small Solomonic Gate and a four-room house), an Edomite shrine, a Roman bath and store rooms, a Turkish water system, a building once used as a jail during the British mandate, and an Israeli bomb shelter.
Look for frequent updates from Israel and Jordan over the next two weeks!