Israel in Depth
“See with your eyes and hear with your ears and set your heart on everything I am going to show you, for that is why you have been brought here. Tell the people of Israel everything you see.” Ezekiel 40:4
“See & Hear” on an upcoming Israel in Depth Biblical Study Trip. This tour tends to be what is considered a vigorous tour where participants can expect to walk 5-8 miles/day. Experience God’s Word and the redemptive story in new and deeper ways as we explore the land of Israel. “Set your heart” on the lessons of the wilderness where God shapes His people as we visit the Judah wilderness and the Dead Sea. Share in Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee and savor His great love in his journey to Jerusalem and the cross.
The Under the Fig Tree Difference
Tour companies bring groups to these lands by the busload year-round. So what makes Under the Fig Tree different from all the rest? Fundamentally, it’s this: in all things, we approach the land from a distinctive Biblical perspective. Our leader, pastor and historian George DeJong, has led tours to the Middle East for almost 20 years, and he is highly regarded as a guide and teacher.
George’s study trips provide participants with both wonderful experiences and deep insights into the culture, geography and history of the lands of the Bible. In fact, on his trips, participants are not so much tourists as they are investments. Why? Because what you learn and experience on an Under the Fig Tree trip will make an invaluable impact on your life! As George is fond of saying:
“Come, let’s go!”
Undergraduate and graduate level credit for this trip is available through Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
With great confidence I can say that there was never a day in the life of Jesus, our Messiah, when He did not lift His hands toward heaven and declare to the Father:
Shema Israel, Adonai elohenu, Adonai echad, Ve’ahavta et Adonai eloeikah, b’khol levavkah, uve’khol naphshekah, uve’khol m’odekah. Ve’ahavta re acha comocha.
Hear O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone, love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength! Love your neighbor as yourself.
Would you please start hiding the Sh’ma away in your heart in Hebrew and English. We will be using this prayer many times throughout our experience.
Hiking Boots!It is highly recommended that you purchase a good sturdy pair of hiking shoes or boots which provide good support. Obtain them well in advance and break them in thoroughly before your departure. Having a high quality, well broken in footwear is essential in benefiting the most from this experience.
Physical PreparationsWe recommend you prepare for 4-7 miles of vigorous to strenuous hiking/climbing/walking most days of the trip. You will profit greatly by training long before departure for these physical fitness requirements. The trip will be more meaningful, educational and fun if you prepare in advance for the activity level you will experience. Helpful types of training:
- Hiking stairs for at least 30-45 minutes (with your boots) is most beneficial
- Daily walking/running 3-5 miles
- Weightlifting with legs
- Walking on treadmill with an incline (4 or higher)