Picnic with Pan

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There’s no finer place to picnic than Caesarea Philippi. Folks have been coming to the base of Mt Hermon for centuries to enjoy the wilds, sample the bubbling water, and do a little feasting.

In the Hellenistic period (early 3rd century BC) local worshippers brought dedicatory meals to the site. Archaeologists have found the broken bits of their ceramic lunch buckets!

Our current group of Bible Land Explorers from Whitewater Crossing Christian Church (Cleves, Ohio) did our best to “leave no trace.”


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St Jerome (AD 347-420) once called the Land of the Bible the “fifth gospel. “Read the fifth,” he wrote, “and the world of the four will open to you.”

If you’d like to “read the fifth,” be aware that there we have openings for future Israel/Palestine trips for 2020 and 2021. We are booking new trips for 2022. Shoot me a note at markziese@gmail.com or see our full list of study-travel opportunities here.