The Bible in Jordan
and the Negev
Thursday, November 5th to Friday, November 13th, 2020
Tour Led by
Dudu Cohen, Ph.D.
"One cannot understand the bible without firsthand knowledge of the geography of Israel".
That sentence is true for Transjordan too. In Numbers 20 the Israelites get to Transjordan. From that point to the end of the Pentateuch all the events take place in Transjordan and all the lows that are given there. As two and a half of the Israeli tribes had settled there and as the local kingdoms were next-door neighbors to the Israelites, Transjordan is interwoven in the Israelite history and you cannot understand the one without the other. On top of it, it seems that some of the stories in Genesis are deeply rooted in Transjordan.
We will explore Jordan with bible in hand using the geography and biblical criticism to understand the text. Doing it we neither will forget nor ignore Jordan and its wonders, past and present.
Thursday, November 5th – Day One – Depart for Israel
Friday, November 6th - Day Two- Arrival/Jerusalem
Saturday, November 7th - Day Three - Shabbat in Jerusalem
Sunday, November 8th - Day Four - Border Crossing/Jarash/Aman
Heshbon, Madaba/Mt. Nebo
|After breakfast, we will have our third Learning Session on THE TOBIADS: 700 YEARS OF A JEWISH ROYAL FAMILY. We then depart on our motor coach to Araq al-Amir. Araq el-Amir (Arabic:عراق الأمير - literally, "Caves of The Prince"), is the name shared by a town and nearby caves, within the municipality of Amman. During the Greek Macedonian occupation, Araq al -Amir was known under the Greek name Tyros. Ptolemy Philadelpus built the city, transferring population from Tyre in Phoenicia. The are is known for its many springs and olive tree. The Al-Iraq historical site features Qasr Al-Abd, (literally, "Palace of the Servant"). The area is most famous for its caves with their 'Aramaic-Jewish inscriptions.|
|After a stop for lunch on your own, we will visit Heshbon, Madaba and Mt. Nebo. Sihon, king of the Amorites, ruled over Heshbon (Joshua 3:10; 13:17. It was conquered by Moses (Numbers 21:23-26 ) and later became a Levitical city (Joshua 21:39 ) in the tribe of Reuben (Numbers 32:37). After the Exile, the Moabites took control of the area (Isaiah 15:4; Jeremiah 48:2; 48:34 and 48:45). The remnants of the town are located about 20 miles east of the north end of the Dead Sea. In Madaba we will see the famous Mosaic map describing the Byzantine Empire with Jerusalem in its center. Mt. Nebo is where Moses is said to first see the Promised Land (Deuteronomy 34:1-6). It is also where tradition indicates where he is buried.|
|The evening is at leisure to enjoy Aman's cuisine.|
|Overnight: Le Grand Aman or similar in Aman|
Tuesday, November 10th - Day Six -
Wednesday, November 11th - Day Seven -
Thursday, November 12th - Day Eight -
|After breakfast and our sixth Learning Session on ABRAHAM, ISAAC, JACOB AND....PETRA, we will board our motor coach and trace the Incense and Exodus Routes through the Negev.|
|After lunch as a group, we will visit one of the most impressive Nabatean sites in Israel, the Nabatean city of Avdat. The city of Avdat (Oboda) was founded by the Nabateans in the 2nd century BCE. Avdat was named after King Obodas III after he was buried here. In AD 106 the city became subject to Roman rule along with the rest of the Nabatean empire. The peak of Avdat’s prosperity was during the Byzantine period (4th-7th centuries AD). The city was destroyed by the Persians in AD 614. We will travel to Tel Aviv on our motor coach and arrive in the late afternoon.|
|We will enjoy our Farewell Dinner at a restaurant on the Mediterranean. We will then transfer to the airport for our flight back to the USA.|
|Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Farewell Dinner|
Day Nine - Arrive in the U.S.
Itinerary Subject to Change
Dudu Cohen, Ph.D. earned his degrees from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem: B.A. in Geography, M.A. in Archaeology and Ph.D. in Biblical Studies.
He has been a licensed guide since 1972. He served as a navigator in the paratroop brigade of the IDF. He was a high school teacher for Bible & Jewish History. He later served as a Youth-Aliyah Shaliach in Chicago. As a researcher, Dudu is a permanent contributor for Projects TABS – TheTorah.com (http://thetorah.com/tour-guide-bible-scholar-dudu-cohen/) Dudu lists among his discoveries: 'Waheb in Suphah' (Numbers 21:14), the ancient pass of the Arnon Canyon; and the Via Limes Arabicus – the Eastern Roman frontier road in Jordan.
The 5-star hotel, Leonardo Plaza Hotel Jerusalem welcomes you in a very central location in the heart of Jerusalem. The hotel is located in the city center, close to the old and new city, the Great Synagogue and a huge variety of shopping facilities and commercial districts. The Old Town with the Western Wall is only a 15-minute walk away.
The hotel offers 269 beautifully decorated rooms and suites with a breathtaking view of Jerusalem’s Old and New City. The exquisite restaurant assures you an exclusive culinary experience with delicious Italian cuisine which is strictly kosher. a seasonal pool as well as luxury spa complex which includes fitness room, Jacuzzi and sauna will guarantee a few relaxed hours.
The Le Grand Amman is located in the center of Amman and is a walk away from the Citadel, Roman Theatre, and many malls and shopping areas. The health club includes sauna and steam rooms, massage and facial treatments and indoor/outdoor pools. Hotel 282 restaurant all-day dinning international cuisine.World-class conference facilities include the Royal Convention Centre, which accommodates 1,200 guests and features the latest audiovisual equipment.
The Petra Palace is an elegant three star deluxe hotel offering accommodation, in a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere. As a family run hotel, we take pride in offering traditional Arabic hospitality and are committed, along with our dedicated team, to provide our guests with the utmost personalized service, ensuring a comfortable and memorable stay at our hotel.
The Dan Panorama Hotel Eilat has been created with our guests in mind. Ideal for a vacation that blends sun and fun with the city's spectacular natural attractions, the hotel is splendidly located overlooking a calm marina where sailboats anchor. A short stroll takes you to Eilat’s famous North Beach where you can perfect your tan, swim in the clear cool Red Sea, scuba dive, sail or indulge in any other water sport that takes your fancy.
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