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2021 Apologetics Study Bible Trip to the Holy Land–Striving For Eternity

Have you always wanted to see the Holy Land?

Would you like to walk where Jesus walked?

Do you have a thirst to learn more about the Bible?

 

A trip that will forever change the way you read your Bible!

March 6-18, 2021

With your hosts Andrew Rappaport, Justin Peters, Anthony Silvestro, Frank Mullis,  and Eric Johnson

 

And now through October 11th, 2019, receive a $100 early bird discount off the cost of your trip for each person who registers!

This 13-day trip includes 10 full days and 11 nights in Israel…with apologetics devotionals throughout the trip from such folks as Andrew Rappaport, Justin Peters, Pastor Frank Mullis, and Dr. Anthony Silvestro–There has never been an Israel line-up like this!

(Photo to the right: Azam (bus driver), Eric Johnson, and guide Andre Sharma, stand at Qumran where Cave 1 (Dead Sea Scrolls were first found in 1947) was discovered. All of us looking forward to having you come!)

Join us for so many sites that you have read about in the Bible, including:

  • Sea of Galilee boat ride
  • Baptisms in Jordan River
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of the Western Wall
  • Communion service at Garden Tomb
  • Masada
  • Hezekiah’s Tunnel
  • Climbing up to Cave 1 where the Dead Sea Scrolls were first discovered
  • Drinking water out of Jacob’s well
  • Following a biblical archaeologist for 3 days
  • And much more!

To register for this trip, click HERE

To see the insurance policy, click Allianz Travel Insurance.

Itinerary

Itinerary subject to change while touring for the best interest of the group.

DAY 1 –SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 2021: Flight from New York’s Kennedy Airport

Today we gather in New York (Kennedy Airport) for our first leg. (Those going land only and arranging their own flights will meet us at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport. More information coming in April 2020.) You are responsible to get to Kennedy Airport before our main flight arrives. Meals served on board.

DAY 2 – SUNDAY, MARCH 7, 2021: Complete flight to Tel Aviv

We will lose 7 hours on the time change plus the time and transfer in a European city to fly to Tel Aviv, which will take up most of the day on Sunday.  Upon arrival in Tel Aviv we are met by our guide Andre Sharma who will be with us for the time we are in the Holy Land. Board our bus and travel through Tel Aviv, proceeding to the city of Netanya on the Mediterranean to our hotel where we will check in for overnight.

HOTEL: Leonardo Plaza in Netanya

DAY 3 – Monday, MARCH 8, 2021: CAESAREA /  MEGIDDO /  NAZARETH / BET SHEAN / TIBERIAS

This morning we begin our day at Caesarea, a port on the Mediterranean Sea that was built by Herod the Great and dedicated to Augustus Caesar, the Roman emperor. Here you will have a chance to sit in the Roman theater, walk along the hippodrome, and see where Herod’s palace once stood, as 2,000-year-old floor mosaics can still be seen on the shore. Paul was under arrest and certainly was here! This is considered one of Israel’s major archaeological sites and is certainly one of the most beautiful places in the country. We proceed to Megiddo to visit the excavations that unearthed 20 different civilizations. It is better known as Har Megiddo, or “Armageddon” according to the book of Revelation.  We then head over to Nazareth to visit Nazareth Village, a recreation of Nazareth from 2,000 years ago. Visit shepherds, carpenters, and others who are in period dress and understand better what it was like to live in Nazareth during the days of Jesus.  Our final destination is the ancient city of Bet Shean, a site where Saul’s body was hung from the city wall after he was killed. It is a wonderful archaeological site that gives us an idea of what an ancient city looked like, with a theater, baths, and a large “tell” which we can climb up. This site comprises more than a dozen civilizations and is an awesome place to explore! We make our way to our hotel for the first of our three-night stay.

Hotel: The Sea of Galilee Hotel in Tiberias (NIGHT 1 of 3)

DAY 4 – TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 2021: CHORAZIN / BETHSAIDA / HAZOR / DAN / CAESAREA PHILIPPI / GOLAN HEIGHTS / MAGDALA / TIBERIAS

Today we go to the northern part of Israel (Galilee), starting with Chorazin and Bethsaida before driving through the Hula Valley to Hazor, where we will see ruins of the powerful Canaanite city destroyed by Joshua and rebuilt by King Jabin and then by Solomon as a chariot city to command upper Galilee. We continue to the northern limits to Dan where we combine a nature walk beside the Upper Jordan with views of the ancient ruins, topped by the Israelite high place that supported a golden calf (I Kings 12). Next we’ll take a short drive to Banias (Caesarea Philippi), dedicated to Pan, the Greek god of pastures, flocks and shepherds. This is where Peter made his great profession of faith. Driving along the base of Mount Hermon, we ascend onto the Golan Plateau for a magnificent view of upper Israel and have lunch. On our way back, let’s stop by Magdala along the Sea of Galilee and visit Mary Magdalene’s hometown. There is a first century synagogue here where Jesus certainly was. Return to the hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.

Hotel: The Sea of Galilee Hotel in Tiberias (NIGHT 2 of 3)

DAY 5 – WEDNESDAY MARCH 10, 2021:  JORDAN RIVER / CAPERNAUM / INCLUDED ST. PETER’S FISH LUNCH / TABGHA / MOUNT OF BEATITUDES / BOAT RIDE / TIBERIAS

This morning is a special time to practice the ordinance of water baptism. We will go to the Jordan River where those participants who have never been baptized (or who do not remember their infant baptisms) will have a chance to give their testimony and be immersed the same way as Jesus. Next we continue to Capernaum where the home of Peter and the town’s synagogue can be seen. Let’s have lunch at a restaurant to partake of a St. Peter’s fish (or, if you wish, chicken) meal, the one lunch included in the price. After lunch, we visit Christian churches located at Tabgha (loaves and fishes) and the Mount of Beatitudes—a place where we can read from the Sermon on the Mount. Our final activity is taking a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee…how exciting! We will have a chance to hear Christian worship music, dance to Jewish songs, and celebrate our time in the Holy Land. We will see a New Testament boat found two decades ago during a drought dating to the time of the apostles. We will spend the night at the Sea of Galilee for a third night and prepare for our drive south in the morning.

Hotel: The Sea of Galilee Hotel in Tiberias (NIGHT 3 of 3)

DAY 6 – THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2021: QUMRAN / MASADA /  DEAD SEA RESORT HOTEL

Picture to right: Cistern at Masada

We start the day by taking an extended bus ride down to the Dead Sea, the lowest place on the earth (1300 feet below sea level). After a few hours of driving, we stop by Qumran and check out the village once inhabited by the Essenes, the people who compiled the Dead Sea Scrolls 2,000 years ago. These scrolls were first discovered by a shepherd boy in 1947, including the earliest copies we have of the Old Testament. This discovery helps us see how accurate the Old Testament really is. Then we head to Masada and ascend by cable car to the magnificent ruins of the fortress where, from AD 70-73, Jewish defenders made their historic stand in the Judean revolt against Rome. We will have a chance to walk through the storehouses, cisterns, and three-tiered palace created by Herod the Great. Finally, we head to the Dead Sea where we have planned a special retreat at a resort hotel. This is a place where you can enter the waters of the Dead Sea for a swim and mud yourself. Or, if you’d like, utilize the spas—just sit back and let the bubbles relax you.

Hotel: Leonardo Plaza Dead Sea

DAY 7 – FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2021: EIN GEDI / HERODIUM / BETHLEHEM / MOUNT OF OLIVES / JERUSALEM

We begin at a place called Ein Gedi, a desert oasis, as we have a chance to observe the wildlife and hike to a wonderful waterfall. In one of these caves above the waterfall area, David found Solomon and cut off part of his robe. For those who are capable of hiking up the winding hill, we can take a hike to the Upper Waterfall, as this will help you understand the lushness of this area. Next we travel to the Herodium, a palace set in a conical mountain that was built by Herod the Great and where his tomb was uncovered in 2007. Remember, it was Herod who was visited by the Wise Men. He did what he could to prevent the “King of Kings” from being born, including the “Massacre of the Innocents.” After seeing this man’s monument to himself, let’s go visit one of the possible sites for the Shepherds’ Fields—perhaps we could celebrate Christmas a bit early by singing “Silent Night” inside one of the caves! Bethlehem is where Jesus was born, a direct fulfillment of Micah 5:2. After lunch, we can visit the Church of the Nativity where, in a basement cave, we will stand in the same place where the Savior was born. We will also visit the quarters where Jerome translated the Latin Vulgate in the fourth century. After a stop at a Bethlehem olive wood shop run by Christians, we head to Jerusalem, the place where we will spend the rest of our trip. Let’s go on up to the Mount of Olives and offer us a bird’s-eye view of the old city of Jerusalem. This will give you a perspective as we embark on a tour of this city over the next week. We head to our hotel for the first of a six-night stay—unpack your bags for the rest of the week!

Hotel: Ambassador Hotel Jerusalem (1 of 6)

DAY 8 – SATURDAY, March 13, 2021: JACOB’S WELL / SHECHEM / SAMARIA /  JERICHO / JERUSALEM

Today we will have a chance to see sites that many tourists will never experience. We start off by visiting Jacob’s Well in Nablis where Jesus had a conversation with the Samaritan woman (John 4). Drink a cup of cold water from this deep well! From here we head over to Shechem, a place so very important in the Bible located between Mt. Gerizim and Mt. Ebal. Next we visit Samaria to see the Israelite ruins of the capitol of the Northern Kingdom of Israel. There is a wonderful authentic Palestinian lunch awaiting us where we will be treated by Eric Johnson, the organizer of the trip and one who is coming with us. Finally, we visit Jericho, the place talked about where the walls came a tumbling down! We will have a chance to see the burn layers and understand personally what this tell is all about.

Hotel: Ambassador Hotel Jerusalem (2 of 6)

DAY 9– SUNDAY, March 14, 2021: RABBI TUNNEL / WESTERN WALL / TEMPLE MOUNT / POOL OF BETHESDA / ST. ANNE’S CHURCH/ SOUTHERN STEPS / FREE TIME IN JERUSALEM

This morning we start at the Western “Wailing” Wall, the holiest place in all of Judaism, before touring the Rabbi Tunnel, which takes us down to the very foundation of the walls. Next we will climb up to the Temple Mount, which is where the Dome of the Rock is located. This is the site where the Holy of Holies was located. From here, we will stop by the Pool of Bethesda (John 5) and St. Anne’s Church, which is perfectly preserved from the Crusader period – with remarkable acoustics. Why don’t we sing “Amazing Grace” together! You have never heard this hymn sung more sweetly than here. After this, we go back to the Jewish Quarter where we will visit the Southern (Teaching) Steps—Jesus was certainly here, right outside the temple itself. After lunch in the Old City, you have two choices: 1) Take the ramparts walk from the Christian Quarter to the Muslim Quarter. This involves a lot of stairs and you need to be cautious, but doing this hike will give you a good perspective of the Old City of Jerusalem; 2) Shopping in the Christian Quarter. 3) Other exploring. 4) Go back to the hotel. You choose what works for you.

Hotel: Ambassador Hotel Jerusalem (3 of 6)

DAY 10 –MONDAY, MARCH 15, 2021: VALLEY OF ELAH / LACHISH / YAD VASHEM / JERUSALEM

We begin with a bus ride over to Azekah, which overlooks the Valley of Elah, the place where David fought Goliath. From a certain location, you will be able to see exactly where the battle took place and even view the stream where David picked up his rocks. Next we head over to Lachish, which was destroyed by the Assyrians at the turn of the 8th Century BC. We can still see the Assyrian ramp. From here we return to Jerusalem to visit Yad Vashem, which is a place the memorializes the horrible Holocaust and depicts how evil man can be.

Hotel: Ambassador Hotel Jerusalem (4 of 6)

DAY 11 – TUESDAY, MARCH 16: CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHER/ CHURCH OF ALL NATIONS / GETHSEMANE / GARDEN TOMB / FREE TIME IN JERUSALEM

We start out in the morning by visiting the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the place where Jesus was crucified, dead, and buried before raising on the third day. It’s the climax. Then we will go backwards in time as we look at other sites important in Jesus’s last days, including the Church of All Nations, the place where Jesus went after the Last Supper and the site of the Garden of Gethsemane. There are olive trees in this garden with root systems going back to the time of Jesus! This is where Jesus prayed before he was betrayed and arrested. We then head over to the Garden Tomb! We will have a private communion service here that you will never forget! The words “He is not here. He is risen indeed” will have extra meaning for everyone.

Hotel: Ambassador Hotel Jerusalem (5 of 6)

DAY 12 –WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17: CITY OF DAVID / HEZEKIAH’S TUNNEL / POOL OF SILOAM / TOMB OF DAVID / ISRAEL MUSEUM / JERUSALEM

Today is our last full day in Israel before we head back tomorrow. You have two choices in the morning.

1) This option is either sleeping in and catch up on rest at the hotel OR being dropped off at the Jaffa Gate to do last shopping.

2) For those who are able to go up and down a lot of stairs and hike through a tunnel, we will go to the City of David to see the palace (and David’s view) on this hill. We will then slosh through Hezekiah’s Tunnel and hike 1749 feet from one end to the other–be sure you bring your flashlights and swimsuit. (The water is no higher than 2 1/2 feet this time of the year.)  This tunnel was dug by Hezekiah’s men in the 8th century BC and you will feel the chisel marks that were made almost 3 millennia ago! For those not so adventurous, there is a shorter dry tunnel as well, although I recommend the water tunnel for those who don’t like tight spaces. We will also see the Pool of Siloam talked about in the Bible, as part of it has recently been uncovered! After this, we will go to the city of Jerusalem for lunch before we meet the rest of the group and visit the Israel Museum to spend time seeing authentic samples of the Dead Sea Scrolls as well as walking around a model city of the ancient city of Jerusalem that is a football field in size! At the Shrine of the Book, we will be able to see actual pieces of the Dead Sea Scrolls. And then, at the museum we can see important artifacts as the Pontius Pilate inscription, the Tel Dan inscription (with proof of David), and the ossuary of Caiaphas, among many other important pieces of biblical history. Don’t forget to pack your bags before you fall asleep because we leave early the next morning for the airport.

Hotel: Ambassador Hotel Jerusalem (6 of 6)

DAY 13 –THURSDAY, MARCH 18: JERUSALEM / HOME

What a trip! It has been an adventure seeing so much that relates to the Bible. It’s time to catch an early morning flight to New York’s Kennedy. There will be so much to reflect on!

Total Cost of the 13-day Israel Trip

Israel: $5195 (all inclusive, including flight from Kennedy in New York)

Land only: $3995

What is included in the cost?

  • Air transportation/transfers from New York’s KennedyIMG
  • Full-time guide / bus / driver (Andre Sharma will be our guide, he’s AWESOME!)
  • All 4-star hotels
  • All admission fees
  • 2 meals a day, breakfast and dinner buffets
  • A St. Peter’s fish lunch
  • Travel Diary of the Holy Land, specifically for your trip (designed and produced by Eric Johnson–see the diary from the 2015 trip to your right)
  • Email correspondence throughout the months preceding the trip from Eric Johnson, including teaching, tips, video links, etc
  • A 50-day Devotional Preparation Guide (given PDF) at Christmas 2020

And so much more!

Not included: Optional travel insurance policy (7.25% or 9.8% of tour cost), transportation to Kennedy airport, most lunches, snacks/drinks, souvenirs.

For signing up in October, each family represented will receive an apologetics package, including:

  • Complimentary DVD copy of Jericho Unearthed (produced by biblical archaeologist Joel Kramer)–this will help you understand the background of the biblical history and show why Jericho supports the book of Joshua
  • Complimentary paperback copy of The Holy Land For Christian Travelers by John Beck–the best guidebook for Israel from a biblical worldview perspective

It’s a $500 deposit per person ($375 refundable if cancelled by Thanksgiving 2020).

To register for this trip, click HERE

In addition, everyone who signs up will receive a special “EARLY BIRD” discount of $100 off the cost of the trip, guaranteed only through Friday, October 11th.

Questions you may have

Who is organizing this trip?

Eric Johnson (bio below) is the organizer, working with the board of Striving for Eternity and with direct contact with Andrew Rappaport. Our professional travel agency working on all the details is Pilgrim Tours, based in Pennsylvania. Dan Bergey is our personal representative.

Is this an “evangelism” trip?

As much as everyone organizing this trip (including Eric Johnson) loves public evangelism, this is not a Christian evangelism trip. Rather, it is a pilgrimage trip, with the emphasis on apologetics and archaeology. It is meant to help you “own” your own faith and provide you with a specific experience so that, when you are in conversations with those who say there is no evidence for the Bible (i.e. its historicity, its accuracy, etc), you will have first-hand responses. Just so you know, overt evangelism in Israel is illegal and is strictly prohibited. We are asking you to respect the country’s wishes and the tour company’s standing in Israel by abiding by the laws. Also, for the safety of our entire group, we do not want to do anything to stir up the Muslim and conservative Jews’ ire, which open air, tracting, etc. could do and cause trouble for not only us but everyone around. (If refraining from this will be too difficult for you, perhaps this is not the trip for you.)

Will there be devotionals?

Yes, indeed there will from folks such as Andrew Rappaport, Justin Peters, Pastor Frank Mullis, Dr. Anthony Silvestro, and Eric Johnson. Places where devotionals will take place include:

  • Caesarea
  • Nazareth
  • Bethsaida
  • Caesarea Philippi
  • Capernaum
  • Mount of Beatitudes
  • Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee
  • Ein Gedi
  • Bethlehem
  • Jacob’s Well
  • Jericho
  • Pool of Bethesda
  • Southern Steps of Jerusalem
  • Valley of Elah (David and Goliath)
  • Yad Vasehem (Holocaust Memorial)
  • Gethsemane

We will also have devotionals at the places where we will practice the Christian ordinances of baptism (Jordan River) and communion (Garden Tomb)

Is there unlimited room for sign ups?

Actually, no. There is limited room and we believe this trip will sell out soon.

Which airport will we fly out of?

The flight will be included in the price of the trip. Our group will fly out of New York’s Kennedy airport since the majority of the travelers will be coming from the East Coast. However, you will be allowed to arrange your own flight out of your preferred city, and if you do, you will receive a “land only price” that will credit you with $1000+ that can be used for your own flight. More details to follow, but know that anyone from any part of the world will be invited to join us and not have to necessarily leave out of Kennedy!

What will be covered in the price?

We mention that above…look it over, but pretty much everything except your transportation to New York, most lunches, snacks/drinks, and most lunches. This is an all-inclusive trip!

What if I am coming by myself? Could I get a roommate?

The cost of the trip is based on double occupancy. We have a number of single people considering this trip. You have 2 options:

  1. You can request a single room, which will cost $1050 extra
  2. You can tell us who your roommate (also signing up) will be
  3. You can request a roommate. (We will do our best to pair you up with someone of the same sex who is close (as possible) to your age.

Will there be a lot of walking?

Yes, there will be land to cover. If you go to Disneyland, you know that you will easily put in 5 miles the day you’re there. In Israel, it’s similar. To see the sites, the buses will drop us off and we will need to walk to get to the site(s). On the average day, we will cover between 3 to 6 miles, although not all at once. Generally we will get on and off the bus an average of 5-6 times each day. If you get tired, you are free to stay with the bus, as our driver stays with the bus when we are gone. Our day typically begins at 6 a.m. wake-up call, 6:30 breakfast, and 7:30 drive away from the hotel. We usually try to get back to the hotel by 5:30 p.m. Dinner is usually at 6:30 p.m.

Will there be education in the months before we go?

Yes, Eric Johnson will be writing regular emails (more frequent in the fall/winter of 2020) to educate the passengers, provide video links, give announcements, etc. This will be his 14th trip since 2009 and he has a lot of experience getting people prepared–physically, mentally, and spiritually—to go on this trip of a lifetime.

Do we need passports, visas, and shots?

Passports, YES! Your passport (of your national country, including UK, Australia, etc.) is needed. For US passports, yours should not expired before October 2021 or you will need to renew it. You can apply for a passport at your local post office. Do yourself a favor and obtain this well in advance! Sometimes passport deliveries are delayed and you don’t want to risk it. As far visas and shots, the answer is no to both!

Do we need the insurance policy?

There are two different policies from which you can choose. One is a standard policy, covering missed connections, medical issues, and lost luggage. The other allows you to cancel for any reason and receive 80% of your money back. You need to decide for yourself, but I definitely recommend the basic insurance for peace of mind

What about safety?

I have to be honest, I feel much more safe in Israel, even in the West Bank, than I do in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Washington DC! (Sorry if you live in those cities.) Nobody on my trips feels threatened at any site we have visited. As I understand it, no American tourist has been killed or even seriously injured for decades by any terrorist activity while going on a pilgrimage to Israel. The entire time we are in Israel, safety will be our highest priority. If anything is ever happens in a particular area during our trip, we will avoid that place–the guide will be in constant communication with the authorities. Also understand that governmental security is all around us, especially in sensitive areas such as Temple Mount and the Western Wall. And security is tighter in the Ben Gurion Airport than anywhere in the world. You will be as safe as possible and much safer than if they were in London, Paris, or Rome. So, in conclusion, I believe this is a very safe trip, or I would not have traveled here, without incident, close to a dozen times and have brought every member of my family–my wife twice!

Will there be an optional extension?

We probably won’t know for sure until the winter. However, there is a good chance that we will schedule a 3-day extension. The two leading candidates for a possible destination is 3 days in Greece (Athens, Corinth, Delphi) or 2 or 3 days in Jordan (including Petra). We will let you know what we decide, probably in a few months.

Actual comments from previous travelers

“Whoever goes with Eric Johnson is happy and satisfied because he cares about his passengers”–Andre Shama, Tour Guide in Israel

“This trip has so much power to change you!”

“Thanks for a prize-winning tour!”–Duane Tubbs, La Mesa, CA (2019 trip)

“The thrill of walking where Jesus walked and seeing the hills that Jesus preached from…it changes the way you read the Bible. It’s definitely worth it!”

“My experience on this trip was unlike any other. I will never forget what I saw and felt as we took a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee — I knew I was seeing the same things that Jesus Himself saw. This was the trip of a lifetime and it was worth every cent!”

“Just wanted to take a moment to thank you for such a life changing trip. I am so grateful for your time and planning for the last 10 days. This Easter has new meaning to me now that I have walked where Jesus walked, prayed where He prayed and saw where He was sacrificed. What a gift it is to visit the Holy Land and get to fellowship with such an amazing group of people.” K.B., traveler on the March 2018 trip

 Click here for a letter written on 3/6/2017 by a passenger on the 2017 trip.

2018 Video Testimonies

“There are no words to express the appreciation we have for this most outstanding trip-of-a-lifetime. Our hearts and minds are overflowing with new, deeper knowledge of the land and history of our precious Savior and Father. All glory to Him!!” –Shelly Anderson

“As I reflect back on our amazing trip and continue to try to adjust for the time zone change (smile), I just wanted to drop you a note and thank-you for the incredible journey you led. As people have been asking me about our time in Israel I am finding that it is so very difficult to put into words the dramatic impact that it had strengthening my faith and opening my understanding of God’s Word.”–Pat McCarty

“Just want to say one more time how grateful I am for your leadership of such a life-changing trip.  There is not a single person that didn’t have an incredible time, and many people’s faith grew significantly because of the experience. . . . You really did a great job at managing the details and all you did to make the trip smooth and enjoyable was noticed and appreciated.”–Chris Rutz

Check out these videos from Ritch Sandford

About trip organizer Eric Johnson

Photo to the left: Eric with daughters Janelle (a middle school public school teacher in Utah) and Carissa (third-year Christian high school English teacher in northern California) stand on the Mount of Olives overlooking the old city of Jerusalem during their trip in 2009.

Eric Johnson has taken more than 350 people, including more than two dozen pastors, to Israel since 2009! Those who have come with him have had the chance to learn how the Bible speaks about real people and real places while describing historical events. Eric believes that everyone should come to the Holy Land and experience this incredible place for themselves in order to make the Bible come alive. Reading God’s Word will never be the same!

Eric is married to Terri (30 years) and has three daughters. After teaching Bible classes in Southern California for 17 years (as well as more than a decade teaching English as an adjunct professor at Grossmont Community College), he and his wife moved to Utah in order to become a full-time Christian missionary to the Mormon people. He received his Master’s of Divinity degree in 1991 and has written several books, including Answering Mormons Questions (with Bill McKeever, Kregel, 2013), Mormonism 101 (with Bill McKeever, Baker Books, 2015), Mormonism 101 for Teens (MRM, 2016) and Sharing the Good News with Mormons (Kregel, 2018, co-edited with Sean McDowell). He is a regular contributor to the Christian Research Journal and was a contributor for the Apologetics Study Bible for Students (Holman, 2010).

Photo to the left: Eric stands in front of the Pontius Pilate inscription and the Caiphas family ossuary located in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

Photo to the right: Eric and daughter Hannah on the CHS/CVCS trip in 2011 after Hannah’s baptism in the Jordan River


Previous trips to Israel taken by Eric Johnson

    • 1990 (passenger on a tour led by Dr. Ronald Youngblood, my professor at Bethel Seminary San Diego and a translator of the 1978 New International Version — see photo at right)
    • 2009 (CHS): 47 students, teachers, parents, staff from Christian High School (CHS) in El Cajon, CA in April
    • 2011 38 students, teachers, parents, staff from three different Christian high schools in March
    • 2012 (CHS): 43 students, teachers, parents, staff from CHS in March
    • 2013 (Adult): 45 adult travelers, including several pastors in February
    • 2015 (Adult): 18 adult travelers in February
  • 2017 (Adult): 55 adult travelers in February, including five pastors (Feb-March 2017)
  • 2018 (Adult): 27 adult travelers in February, including members from Clairemont Emmanuel Baptist Church in San Diego
  • 2018 (CHS/CVCS) 57 students and parents from two different Christian schools  in March
  • 2019 (Covenant Retirement Communities): 41 adult travelers from the Western U.S.
  • 2019 (Private group to Turkey, Greece, Italy): 15 adult travelers
  • 2020 (Church group): 51 adult travelers are scheduled to go with Eric from Utah and Southern California
  • 2020 (Adults): 22 adult travelers from Utah and Southern California are scheduled to go with Eric
  • 5 trips planned for 2021!

Please, I encourage you to talk to anyone who has been on one of my previous trips and they will tell you, “Go!” You will never see more than on my trips. And this will be something you will never regret.

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