00 Yale Divinity School
409 Prospect St
New Haven, CT 06511, US
Pre-trip Orientation on Saturday, January 28th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. YDS seminar leaders Harold Attridge and John Lindner. Daniel Seidemann
, Israeli Human Rights lawyer and expert on the issues of settlements and Jerusalem. Travel agent Kate Peer.
04 Newark Airport
Newark Liberty International Airport, 10 Toler Pl
Newark, NJ 07114, US
CO 90 became UA 90 today, a step in the unification of Continental and United airlines. We left Terminal C at 10:51 pm on a Boeing 777. The flight originated in Los Angeles.
05a Ben Gurion Airport
UA/CO 90 arrived at Terminal 3 at 4:20 pm - a non-stop flight of 12 hours. We met our Palestinian guide, Naim Khoury. Our driver Muhammad took us by bus to the walled city of Bethlehem.
05b International Center of Bethlehem
Upon arrival in Bethlehem, we stopped for the first of several dinners at the International Center of Bethlehem, started by The Rev. Mitri Raheb, a pioneering Palestinian Lutheran pastor.
05c Grand Hotel Bethlehem
06a Church of the Nativity
After breakfast, we walked from our hotel to Manger Square and toured the Church of the Nativity, built over the cave that tradition marks as the birthplace of Jesus in Bethlehem. It was built in the 4th century by St. Helen, mother of the Emperor Constantine.
06b Dar al Kamina
Dar al Kalima (House of the Word) is a college for Palestinians offering courses in music, drama, tourism, art, jewelry-making, ceramics, and assorted other arts to prepare students to enter the local workforce. A project of the Lutheran Diyar Consortium. Adjacent to the college is a Health & Wellness center, with a swimming pool.
06c International Center of Bethlehem
109 Paul VI Street
We met with the founder and organizer of the Diyar Consortium, The Rev. Mitri Raheb, a Palestinian Lutheran pastor. During lunch, we met with Dr. Bernard Sabella, associate professor of sociology at Bethlehem University and deputy to the Palestinian parliament.
06d Bethlehem University
We talked with with faculty and staff at this Catholic Christian university open to all faith traditions (one-third Christian and two-thirds Muslim)
06e Dheisha Refugee Camp
The camp was established as a temporary refuge for 3,400 Palestinians from 45 villages west of Jerusalem and Hebron who fled during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. Our group met with two families here.
06f International Center Bethlehem
We ate dinner here.
07a Tombs of the Patriarchs
Where Abraham purchased the Cave of the Patriarchs from the Hittites to bury his wife Sarah. Abraham, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob and Leah were also buried in the cave. Sheikh Hatim, a civil judge and leader of the Hebron Muslim community, spoke of his great desire for peace. Marilyn mistakely left the mosque with Yolanda Smith's shoes. Yolanda walked out with Marilyn's shoes in hand asking "who took my shoes?"
A volcano-like hill with a truncated cone located 7.5 miles south of Jerusalem. Herod the Great built a fortress and palace on the top of Herodium, and may have been buried there.
08a Ramat Schlomo
We picked up Daniel Seidemann (whom we had met at Yale before our trip) in East Jerusalem and he took us to this Israeli Settlement from which we could view the Shu'fat refugee camp to the east, established in 1965.
08a Shu'afat Refugee camp
From where Daniel Seidemann took us on the bus on the eastern edge of the Ramat Schlomo Israeli settlement, we could see The Shu'fat refugee camp, established in 1965, population 35,000. residents.
08b Holy Land Hotel, Jerusalem
We stayed at the Holy Land Hotel
the nights of March 8-11. Dinner and dialogue that night with Naomi Chazan, an Israeli academic and politician.
08c City of David
In the East Jerusalem community of Silwan, where the City of David archaeology project has been underway for decades. We travelled through the Hezekiah Tunnel, a rather harrowing experience. The tunnel was built in 701 BC to provide protection for the city’s water supply at the Pool of Siloam during the Assyrian Siege.
08d Naomi Chazan at the Leonardo Hotel
We had dinner here and heard from Naomi Chazan, an Israeli academic and politician, speak about women's rights in Israel. Chazan is president of the New Israel Fund and a former member of the Knesset.
09a Yad Vashem
Established in 1953 as a world center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust. We toured the new History Museum opened in 2005.
09b Israel Museum
Founded in 1965 as Israel's national museum. The Shrine of the Book houses the Dead Sea Scrolls and artifacts discovered at Masada.
Our bus passed by Israel's parliament, the legislative branch of the Israeli government, called the Knesset. It passes all laws, elects the President and Prime Minister, approves the cabinet, and supervises the work of the government.
09d Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Canon John Peterson took us to the Old City through the 16th-century Damascus Gate, just adjacent to Hadrian’s Gate dating from approximately 125 AD. We walked along part of the Via Dolorosa to the site of Constantine’s ancient Byzantine Church of the Resurrection built on Golgotha. We then entered the Crusader Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the 11th century. John took us to a small underground chamber to show us a real rolling stone tomb, the same kind most likely owned by Joseph of Arimathea who provided the burial place for Jesus’ body.
09e Greek Orthodox Patriarchate
We had a private audience with the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III. We were served small glasses of wine. On our way out each received from Theophilos III a wooden Holy Spirit pin and a photograph of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
10a Dome of the Rock
Shrine located on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem. The structure has been refurbished many times since its initial completion in 691 AD at the order of Malik. We had a private audience with the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, two other Muslim clerics, and a secular leader of the Muslim community
10b Al-Quds University
Al-Quds University is located in an old caravanserie named Khan Tankiz. We met with Dr. Sari Nusseilbeh, President of Al-Quds, author and respected academic. Also there to speak with us was Huda Al-Imam, Director of the Centre for Jerusalem Studies at Al-Quds.
A village of about 1,400 people, Jifna has retained a Christian majority since the 6th century. We had lunch at St. Joseph’s Catholic Parish. Father Firas Aridah, a Jordanian-born priest, provided his commentary on the Palestinian situation. A representative from Catholic Relief Services outlined that organization's efforts to assist projects such as those under way in Jifna.
10d Ramallah - Arafat Tomb
Administrative capital of the Palestinian National Authority. Rev. Mark Brown, regional representative for Lutheran World Federation, gave us a tour of the tomb and shrine of Yasir Arafat .
10e Ramallah - Mahmoud Darwish Shrine
Rev. Mark Brown took us to the shrine of poet Mahmoud Darwish (1941-2008).
10f Ramallah - Mövenpick Hotel
We had dinner at the 5-star Swiss Mövenpick Hotel, where we heard from Dina Nasser, a public health nurse and consultant to the Palestinian Authority’s health program and from a representative from the negotiating team of the Palestinian Authority.
11a École Biblique
Dominican school specialising in archaeology and Biblical exegesis. Heavily involved in the translation and interpretation of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Publisher of the Jerusalem Bible. Where 14 of us went to Sunday Mass.
11b Augusta Victoria Hospital
On the Mt. of Olives. Met with Dr. Talfiq Nasser and Rev. Mark Brown of Lutheran World Federation.
11c Garden of Gethsemane
We walked down the Palm Sunday Road to the Garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem where Jesus and his disciples prayed the night before Jesus' crucifixion. We saw the olive tree that our guide Naim Khoury helped Pope Paul VI plant.
11d Church of All Nations
Also known as the Church or Basilica of the Agony, a Roman Catholic church located on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, next to the Garden of Gethsemane. It enshrines a section of bedrock where Jesus is said to have prayed before his arrest.
11e Western Wall
Wall remaining from the Temple Mount. Just over half the wall, including its 17 courses located below street level, dates from the end of the Second Temple period, being constructed around 19 BC by Herod the Great.
11f Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Canon John Peterson resumed his tour of the Church of the Nativity.
11g St. George's Guest House
Where we had dinner on our last night in Jerusalem.
Where, on this rocky plateau, the Zealots held their last resistance against the Roman conquerors. We took a cable car from here up to the plateau. Some walked down.
12b Ein Gedi - Dead Sea
Lowest spot on earth. We took a float here in the Dead Sea.
Settlement nearest to the caves in which the Dead Sea Scrolls were hidden, caves in the sheer desert cliffs and beneath, in the marl terrace.
12d Jericho Resort Village
13a Jericho - Hashim’s Palace
Visit the ancient city of Jericho and Hashim’s Palace.
13b Mount of Temptation
Said to be the hill in the Judean Desert where Jesus was tempted by the devil. We took a cable car up and back.
13c Beit She'an
Excavations have revealed ruins of major archaeological significance; the history of the site goes back to the 4th millennium BC, through King Saul’s time and the Roman era. The bodies of Saul and his sons were displayed on the walls of Beit She'an after being killed by the Philistines.
13d Nazareth - Church of the Annunciation
Located over an underground spring, which according to Eastern Orthodox belief is where the Virgin Mary was drawing water at the time of the Annunciation. Water from the spring still runs inside the apse of the church and also fed the adjacent site of Mary's Well, located 150 yards away.
13e Restal Hotel - Tiberias
We stayed at the Restal Hotel
the nights of March 13 and 14.
14a St. Peter's House
Capernaum was our first stop this morning with a visit to the excavation of Peter’s house and a synagogue of uncertain dating, reported to have been constructed on the foundation of an earlier synagogue built by a Roman centurion.
14b Gamla National Park, Golan Heights
Gamla means “camel,” and the town was situated on two rounded hills that actually do look like a camel’s back. Jewish residents battled Roman legionaires in A.D. 67.
14c Majdal Shams
Our bus took us through this town in the northern part of the Golan heights. From here we could see snow-capped Mount Hermon 15 miles northeast.
14c Mount Hermon, Golan Heights
We could see Mt. Hermon from Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights. At the southern base of Mount Hermon, Jesus revealed to them his purpose to build his Church and to go to Jerusalem to die and be resurrected. Mount Hermon is a possible site of the Transfiguration, where Jesus took Peter, James, and John, up on a high mountain for prayer. Jesus is reported to have become radiantly white and conversed with Moses and Elijah, who had appeared beside him.
14d Church of the Beatitudes
We feasted on a lunch of St. Peter’s fish, fresh from the sea down the hill, at a convent adjacent to the Franciscan Church of the Beatitudes. Popes Paul VI and John Paul II celebrated Mass at the church during their visits to the Holy Land.
14e Church of the Multiplication
Where Jesus is said to have fed 5,000 with five loaves and two fish, the only miracle apart from the resurrection that appears in all four gospels. This church has the iconic mosaic floor of the two fish flanking a basket of five loaves.
14f "Jesus Boat"
Ancient fishing boat from the 1st century BC, discovered in 1986 on the north-west shore of the Sea of Galilee. Now housed in the Yigal Alon Museum in Kibbutz Ginosar.
14g Sea of Galilee - Boat Ride
We ended the day with a 45-minute boat ride out into the Sea of Galilee, probably not too far from where Jesus stilled the storm after being awakened by his scared disciples.
Meet with Archbishop Elias Chacour and visit the Mar Elias Educational Institutions. The majority of the students are Muslim, reflecting the change in population. The students we met in the hallways and school yard were very friendly.
15b Shrine of the Báb
Where the remains of the Báb, founder of Bábism and forerunner of Bahá'u'lláh in the Bahá'í Faith, have been laid to rest; it is considered to be the second holiest place on Earth for Bahá'ís, after the Shrine of Bahá'u'lláh in Acre.
15c Stella Maris Guesthouse, Haifa
We stayed the night of the 15th at the Stella Maris Guesthouse
, part of a Carmelite Monastery on the slopes of Mount Carmel. In the 12th century, groups of religious hermits began to inhabit the caves of this area in imitation of Elijah the Prophet. Within a century, these monastic hermits were organized into the Carmelite order, which spread throughout Europe.
16a Caesarea Maritima
Massive ruins of Caesarea Maritima
built by King Herod, which became the capital
of the Roman Providence.
16b St. Peter's Church, Old Jaffa
In Jaffa, Saint Peter raised Tabitha, one of Jesus' disciples, from the dead. And here Peter saw heaven thrown open and something like a big sheet being let down to earth by its four corners; it contained every possible sort of animal and bird, walking, crawling or flying ones. A voice then said to him, "Arise, Peter; kill and eat!"
16c U.S. Embassy
Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro was unable to meet with us, so we met instead with Robert Silverman, Minister Counselor for the Political Section, and had the opportunity to ask him questions.
16d Grand Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv
We stayed the night of the 16th, our last night, at the Grand Beach Hotel
in Tel Aviv. This Israeli hotel initially refused to let our Palestinian guide and driver stay there, but our travel director Kate Peer got them to recant.
16e Abu Nassar-Hinnawi restaurant
Where we had dinner on our last night in the Holy Land. A middle eastern restaurant run by a family of Christian Arabs for many generations.
17a Ben Gurion Airport
UA/CO 85 left Terminal 3 at 10:20 am on a Boeing 777.
We flew over Ireland on St. Patrick's Day.
17c Newark Airport
Newark Liberty International Airport, 10 Toler Pl
Newark, NJ 07114, US
UA/CO 85 arrives at Terminal C at 4:37 pm on a Boeing 777.
Where Mary visited Elizabeth and where John the Baptist was born.
Where Joseph and Mary took Jesus to escape Herod.
A rocket struck here March 9-13, fired by miltant Islamic Jihad from Gaza. There were no casualties.
Where the Jews of the ancient Kingdom of Judah were captives from 587 top 538 BC.
Home of the siblings Mary, Martha, and Lazarus, as well as that of Simon the Leper.
Bethany Beyond the Jordan
Where John the Baptist baptized Jesus.
The birth place of apostles Peter, Andrew, and Philip. Jesus restored the sight of a blind man here.
Where Jesus performed his first public miracle, the turning of a large quantity of water into wine at a wedding feast.
Cenacle and King David's Tomb
Remains of the former Hagia Zion Byzantine church. Ground floor: King David's Tomb. Upper floor: the Cenacle--site of the Last Supper, Washing of the Feet, resurrection appearances of Jesus, gathering of the disciples after the Ascension, descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples on Pentecost.
The Council of Chalcedon in 451 repudiated the notion of a single nature in Christ, and defined that he has two natures in one person.
Town where Jesus worked miracles but was rejected.
Church of the Primacy of St. Peter
Franciscan church that commemorates Jesus' reinstatement of Peter as chief among the Apostles.
Dormition Abbey on Mt. Zion
Catholic Mass at 9:00 am, in German. German Benedictine community. also called Hagia Maria Sion Abbey.
Two rockets struck here March 9-13, fired by miltant Islamic Jihad from Gaza. There were no casualties.
Hadet Ej Jebbe
Hadet Ej Jebbe, North, LB
Where Sandra Corey O'Brien's Khoury family is from.
Where Jesus was resting and met a Samaritan woman.
Near Gerasa where Jesus freed a demoniac. The demons entered a herd of pigs on the heights, and the pigs charged into the Sea of Galilee and drowned.
Where John the Baptist was imprisoned and beheaded by Herod Antipas.
In the high slopes of Mount Lebanon are the last remaining groves of the famous Cedars of Lebanon.
Where Moses first saw the Promised Land and died before entering.
Mount of the Precipice
The people of Nazareth, not accepting Jesus as Messiah, tried to push him from the mountain, but "he passed through the midst of them and went away.
Believed by many Christians to be the site of the Transfiguration of Jesus.
Where Jesus raised a widow's son from the dead during the young man's burial.
Acouncil of Christian bishops was convened in Nicaea by the Roman Emperor Constantine I in AD 325. This first ecumenical council was the first effort to attain consensus in the church through an assembly representing all of Christendom. Its main accomplishments were settlement of the Christological issue of the relationship of Jesus to God the Father and the construction of the first part of the Nicene Creed.
Notre Dame - new gate
Catholic Mass at 9:00 am in English in Our Lady of Peace Chapel.
Where the Ark of the Covenant was before it was taken by the Philistines. Where Samuel was raised by Eli.
Street Called Straight
Where Saint Paul was taken after his conversion and recovered his sight and was baptized.