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The annual Israel Initiative is amazing opportunity for students to study the Bible in 3D.  Students spend nearly two weeks traveling the breadth of the Holy Land visiting sites including the Dead Sea, Mt. Carmel, Megido, the Sea of Galilee, Qumran and many more.  They spend five days in Jerusalem studying the establishment of the capital under David, the destruction in the time of Jeremiah, the Passion Week of Christ and the Roman destruction in 70 A.D.  

No matter how many times one has read the biblical accounts, there is something special about visiting the exact locations in which they happened.  Whether drawing a stone from the same brook that David once selected five smooth stones from or walking the steps from the Upper Room to the garden of Gethsemane, students will forever read the Bible in 3D.

This class is extremely beneficial in understanding both the New and Old Testament.  We strive to make this trip possible for all full-time students by covering the majority of expenses.  It is our goal to make airfare and lunches in Israel the only expenses to the student beyond usual tuition.  The class is also open to non-students who pay a very competitive rate for this amazing trip. For more details on this please click HERE.

 Dr. Doug Bookman

The Israel Initiative is lead by our own Dr. Doug Bookman, who has been leading educational tours through Israel for over 20 years.  Dr. Bookman has focused much of his teaching career on a renewed emphasis on the life of Christ and the nation of Israel.  In 1987, Dr. Bookman joined the Bible Department faculty of The Master's College. While there, he conceived, designed, and implemented the IBEX program, a semester-abroad program in Israel.  In 1998, Dr. Bookman joined the Friends of Israel as a national representative. Throughout the years he has taught at various colleges and seminaries, and has served as pastor and interim pastor at local churches.  He is now on staff at Shepherds Theological Seminary, and teaches classes in the New Testament and Life of Christ.