Museum Bible Tours of the World

Highlights of the Bible Lands Tours of Israel

One of the many locations the tour group will visit is the world-renown Israel Museum in Jerusalem.  Founded in 1965 as Israel's national museum, it features many objects of archaeology, fine arts, Jewish arts as well as the Second Temple Model, the Shrine of the Book with its Dead Sea Scrolls and ancient Bible manuscripts.  The tour group will see many objects and exhibits which relate to the Bible, as well as enjoy the expert commentary of at least three capable tour guides through the Israel Museum.

Model of Second TempleThis 50:1 scale model, occupying an area of nearly one acre, shows ancient Jerusalem at its zenith in 66 CE, four years before its destruction by the Roman armies in 70 CE. The model was painstakingly recreated to show its topography and architectural character and is recognized as a Jerusalem cultural landmark. In 2006 the Second Temple Model was transferred from the Holyland Hotel to the Israel Museum campus. Our official Israeli tour guide Yossi Granit (40 years of touring experience in Israel) will conduct the tour of the Second Temple Model and will provide vivid biblical context for the Shrine of the Book and the Dead Sea Scrolls and other archaeological artifacts displayed throughout the Israel Museum.  Note some of the highlights below:

Shrine of the BookSHRINE OF THE BOOK
The Shrine of the Book is the home to a number of outstanding archaeological discoveries, including the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Aleppo Codex. The tour group will see and have explained the significance the Dead Sea Scrolls, including The Great Isaiah Scroll, and the Aleppo Codex.  Your tour guide through the Shrine of the Book will be Brother Timothy E. Martin from the United States (also serves as a Bible tour guide at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.)

Display of The Great Isaiah Scroll in the Shrine of the BookTHE GREAT ISAIAH SCROLL
The Great Isaiah Scroll is one of the original seven Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in Qumran in 1947. It is the largest and best preserved of all the biblical scrolls, and the only one that is almost complete. Dating from about 125 BCE, it is also one of the oldest of the Dead Sea Scrolls, some one thousand years older than the oldest manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible known to us before the scrolls' discovery.  Said Professor Millar Burrows, the editor of the text that was published in 1950: “The text of Isaiah in this manuscript . . . is substantially that presented considerably later in the MT [Masoretic Hebrew Text].” 

The Aleppo Codex was written in Tiberias in the 10th century CE. Its text illustrates the traditions of pronunciation, spelling, punctuation, and cantillation passed down through the generations and finally committed to writing in Tiberias by scholars known as the “Masoretes.”   The Aleppo Codex is very significant because it is considered the most accurate codex of the Hebrew Bible.

Pontius Pilate InscriptionThe Israel Museum's Archaeology Wing is devoted to the ancient land of Israel.  On display are some 6,000 objects from archaeological excavations in Israel.  Your tour guide will help to shed light on objects in connection with biblical events.  For example, one of the highlights you will see is the actual Pontius Pilate Inscription.  This fragmentary limestone block written in Latin bearing Pilate’s name and rank, was discovered near the city of Caesarea in Israel. Before this discovery, the only record of Pontius Pilate was in the Bible and in first-century historical records by Roman and Jewish writers.  The Pontius Pilate Inscription corroborates the Bible’s record of the first-century Roman governor of Judea by the name of Pontius Pilate who had Jesus put to death.  Your tour guide through the Archaeology Wing will be Brother Timothy E. Martin.

Would you like to see the above mentioned objects and exhibits in Israel? Would you also like to see the Mount of Olives, the Sea of Galilee, Joppa, Capernaum and other famous locations in Israel? Then we invite you to join BCT’s 2017 Bible Lands Tour of Israel! It will be an exciting and faith-strengthening tour! You can arrange your trip to go to Israel, or Israel and Turkey, or Turkey  or Greece.  Please check BCT’s website for details on our trips to the Bible Lands. In addition, we want to let you know that this year’s trip will be the most robust and comprehensive BLT that Bethel Coach Tours has ever done. More sites will be visited, more Bible reenactments (reading and reenacting Bible accounts with participation from those in the tour group) will be done, furthermore, there will be up to three experienced tour guides showing you through the Bible Lands so that you will enjoy the very best tour possible! Don’t delay, sign up today, and enjoy “The Trip of Lifetime.”
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