A fortress expanded by Herod the Great to include a palace; on a mountain plateau on the Dead Sea’s shore near Idumaea. David wrote, “The Lord is my rock and my fortress” (Ps. 18:2), a possible reference to this flat mountain plateau. Along the 1,000- foot mountaintop, Herod built a wall with 37 towers to defend against attackers and carved a three-level palace into the mountain face. Fearing Mark Antony would give his kingdom to Cleopatra of Egypt, Herod fortified Masada as an escape. Last place held by rebels in the First Jewish Revolt; the committed suicide rather than surender. A symbol for the Jewish people, of their determination to remain free.

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Jun 28 — Jul 12, 2020
Out of Egypt, Into a Good Land
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Nov 01 — Nov 15, 2020
Walking with the Patriarchs
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Nov 14 — Nov 28, 2020
Egypt Nile River Cruise & Jordan Walking Tour
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Spring 2021
Israel in Depth
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Summer 2021
Ancient Paths to Modern Leadership
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Fall 2021
Through the Roof
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