Students Travel to Israel and Jordan for Study Trip
May 10 - June 4, 2010, five SAGU students joined SAGU Bible & Theology professor Dr. Bruce Rosdahl for a study tour of Israel and Jordan. The group studied the geography and history of Israel at Jerusalem University College in conjunction with the Assemblies of God Holy Land Tour. The study tour is an annual event.
SAGU students who participated in this year’s trip included Brandy Pate, Jeremy Stevens, Chad Lawson, John Chism, and Daniel McCoy. The three and half week study tour included extensive traveling throughout Israel and Jordan. The team flew from New York to Amman, Jordan, to travel the Transjordan region from the northern city of Gedara to the ancient city of Petra in the southern desert. The rest of the study tour focused on the major geographical regions of Israel.
Based in the old city of Jerusalem, the trip included extensive hiking and exploring throughout Israel and Jordan and an archaeological dig. In addition to the sites in Jerusalem, the team traveled to cities such as Ashkelon and Caesarea on the Mediterranean and key cities such as Lachish and Beersheba. They also traveled south to the desert region of the Negev. The Negev experience included a one-night stay with Bedouins in the region of Arad. The final part of the trip was an excursion to the region surrounding the Sea of Galilee.
According to Rosdahl, Bible & Theology Department Chair, “The value of this study tour is the difference of moving one's reading of the Bible from black and white into living color. Traveling across the topography of the biblical lands and seeing the cities firsthand provides greater depth to your understanding of the Scriptures.”