NOTE: It is my observation that it is unfortunate that a person has to go to Israel the first time, because the first time is so overwhelming given the amount of learning to be experienced in that land. So if a person could skip the first time and go the second time, it would be even more valuable. But we haven’t figured out a way to skip the first time! So the best remedy is to study the land before you take that first trip.
With that in mind, we have crafted a website where you can access a wealth of resources and instruction concerning the land of Israel – its geography in all of its parts, its history biblical and modern, its culture and dynamics, and more. This link will take you to that site. Click on Bookman Ministries, and then scroll down to Study Trip Preparatory Resources. There will be a registration process (simple, one-time), and you will be asked for an enrollment key – use StudyTrip – just like that. You are welcome to put any of those resources to use, whether or not you ever travel to Israel with us.
The study trips are focused on helping the traveler understand the nexus between the narrative of the Scriptures and the land of Israel – the land which is, after all, the stage upon which so much of that sacred narrative was played out. The focus throughout the trip is on learning, both the geography of the land and the narrative of the Bible.
Our study trips are “land only” trips. This means that the cost of the trip does not include airfare to and from Israel; travelers are responsible to reserve and pay for air flights on their own. An arrival date is announced for each trip, and travelers are expected to arrive in Tel Aviv by that date.
We organize and lead study trips to Israel as a teaching ministry not as a formal business but simply because we love to teach the Bible, and there is no teaching venue more delightful and effective than the land of Israel.