Palestine of Jesus (Year of Mark)
Dates: November 7, 2017 to November 20, 2017
Price: Starting at $3,360.00
Days: 14 Day
Course Code: U17
Spaces Remaining: 40
Palestine of Jesus is the most popular course offered by St George’s College and is offered several times each year.
The program combines biblical and historical studies with pilgrimage to selected sites connected with the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life, ministry, death, and resurrection.
Each offering of this program is adapted to reflect the church’s liturgical year, or the special needs of particular pilgrimage groups.
The Gospel of Mark was the first attempt to write a narrative account of Jesus the Messiah. As such, it offers a unique perspective on Jesus and discipleship. Mark’s account was soon superseded by the gospels of Matthew and Luke which each adapted and elaborated Mark’s story in new directions, as well as the rather different account in the Gospel of John. This first gospel has been rediscovered by the Church in the past century or so, and is especially valued for its vivid description of Jesus and its radical call to discipleship in a hostile world. This makes the Palestine of Jesus–Year of Mark a course with special relevance for Christians today.
This 14 day Palestine of Jesus course will include 4 days in Galilee, based in Nazareth so there are opportunities to engage with the ‘living stones’ of the Palestinian Christian community. There will also be visits to Bethlehem, Jericho, Masada and Qumran, as well as pilgrimage sites in Jerusalem and a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial.
The primary goal of the Palestine of Jesus course is to deepen our engagement with the Gospels, to become familiar with the so-called ‘Fifth Gospel’ of the land, and to engage with the local Christian community. We will also hear the voices of Palestinians and Israelis—Jews, Christians and Muslims—as they struggle for peace and justice in the land.