Christian Program

There shall come forth a shoot from the trunk of Jesse…” Isaiah 11:1
Step into the biblical landscape of our ancestors where the prophets' and Jesus’ words come alive!

Duration: 1.5—2 hours

Suggested Itinerary

Station 1
“And over the olive trees and the sycomore trees that were in the low plains (Shephelah).” I Chronicles 27:28
Orientation and lookout. An introduction to Neot Kedumim
and its location.


Station 2
“Let anyone who is thirsty come to me.” John 7:37

Visit and draw water from an authentic, ancient cistern. Tell and enact major biblical encounters which took place at the water source—Rebecca and the servant, Moses and Zipporah, Jesus and the Samaritan woman etc. (If the group just arrived from the airport, you may use this location to let the people briefly get to know one another.) At the life-giving-cistern they will comprehend the centrality of water in ancient Israel and today. Pilgrims will find out why Jesus, on the last day of the Feast of Tabernacle called out: “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me.” John 7:37

 
Station 3
“Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean.” Psalm 51:7

Meet the holy hyssop. With pestle and mortar visitors will make their own traditional spice mixture and enjoy it with oil and pita. They will find out why the Children of Israel had to paint their doorposts when leaving Egypt with the hyssop “brush” and why hyssop was dipped with vinegar by the Roman soldier when Jesus was on the cross.


Station 4
“And he (Zacchaeus) ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him .”
 Luke 19:4
One of the participants will volunteer to climb a sycomore tree like Zacchaeus, let the visitors taste the sycomore-figs (in season). Pilgrims will find out the significance of the sycomore tree in the Judeo-Christian tradition as a symbol for rehabilitation. 

Station 5
“There shall come forth a shoot from the trunk of Jesse…” Isaiah 11:1


“And he (Zacchaeus) ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him .”
 Luke 19:4
One of the participants will volunteer to climb a sycomore tree like Zacchaeus, let the visitors taste the sycomore-figs (in season). Pilgrims will find out the significance of the sycomore tree in the Judeo-Christian tradition as a symbol for rehabilitation. 

Station 5
“There shall come forth a shoot from the trunk of Jesse…” Isaiah 11:1

Visit an ancient olive tree and see how the offshoots and its branches are related to the prophecy of the Messiah in Isaiah. 11:1

Station 6
“(they) took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him…” John 12:13

Taste delicious date honey, one of the Seven Species. Discover the many uses of the tree which is known to be the “tree of life” and victory. Find out why Jesus was greeted with palm fronds when entering Jerusalem on the eve of the festival of Passover.


Station 7
In wintertime:
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness …”
John 8:12

Pluck olives straight from the trees, operate an ancient olive press and see how olive oil was produced in ancient times. Understand how the olive tree— the tree of light—became so significant in the Judeo-Christian tradition.

In summertime:
“Give us this day our daily bread…” Matthew 6:11

With a sickle in hand, visitors will harvest wheat, bring the sheaves to the threshing floor and go through the whole process of threshing, winnowing and finally grinding grain for flour. There are endless biblical stories to recall and symbols to explain regarding bread—this basic staple of life.

 

 


 

Recommended optional activities for an additional price:
Herding sheep and goats  “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” Psalm 23

Let the group try leading a flock of sheep and goats. While having this fun experience, the visitors will learn the qualities of a “good shepherd.”

 

Torah Scribe at work

“Till heaven and earth pass, not one jot or title shall not pass from the law... Matthew 5:18
Watch our skilled scribe demonstrate his ancient craft, and even try your hand at writing Hebrew calligraphy with reed pens.

 

Plant a tree ceremony

“When you come into the land and plant any kind of tree…” Leviticus 19:23

Help restore the indigenous “forest of milk and honey” (oak, terebinth, or other forest trees) Participants receive certificates in honor of the occasion.

 
Study tours and seminars (3 hours and more)
“Jesus told the crowd all these things in parables” (Matthew 13:34)

Step into the world of parables and discover the natural reality behind the symbols and metaphors described in the New Testament. Professional guide plus prepared written text handouts included. Suggested themes -  the Fig Tree and its parables, the Workers in the Vineyard, the Sower and many more.

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