I am leaving today to lead a tour in Israel and Jordan. This is my sixth trip to Israel since 2005 and I am looking forward to this one a great deal. I have 14 students on this trip and they are all ready for an adventure. We arrive in Tel Aviv and begin with a walk through the Old City, the Rampart Walk, Western Wall and Davidson Archaeological Park. We have a couple of days in Galilee, visiting all the “Jesus sites” as well as Tel Dan. We will cross into Jordan at Tiberius, see Jerash and Mount Nebo on the way to Petra. Finally, after crossing back into Israel at Eilat, we get a few days in the Negev, visiting Arad, Masada, En Gedi, Qumran and a few other sites.
I am particularly looking forward to the Southern Temple and City of David excavations, there are always and exciting things to be seen there. 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!