Palestine-Israel Immersion Trip 2015, Perkins School of Theology

The January 3-14, 2015, Palestine-Israel Immersion Trip for alumni/ae and students of Perkins School of Theology-SMU — sponsored by the school’s Global Theological Education Program — includes 17 participants. The first-ever Perkins immersion experience for alums will be led by Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles, associate professor of New Testament at Perkins School of Theology. Each day, participants will experience Palestine and Israel through a different theme, including:

– The World of Jesus
– The Birth of Jesus
– Orthodox Christmas
– Jesus in Galilee, Jesus in Judea
– Contemporary Palestine
– Contemporary Israel

The itinerary includes Qumran, Masada, Bethlehem, the Church of the Nativity, Megiddo, Capernaum, Nazareth, Jerusalem, and other locations. In addition to Dr. Clark-Soles, leadership will include Dr. Robert Hunt, director of the Global Theological Education Program, and the Rev. Connie Nelson, director of Public Affairs and Alumni/ae Relations.

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Walking tour of Jerusalem

Students and alums enjoy a walking tour of Jerusalem with members of the Shalom Hartman Institute.

Students and alums enjoy a walking tour of Jerusalem with members of the Shalom Hartman Institute.

Another wonderful day at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, studying “Israel: Jewish and Democratic” with Marcie Lenk, Donniel Hartman, Leon Weiner Dow and Ezra Korman of the SHI staff. Our afternoon included a walking tour of Jerusalem neighborhoods, followed by dinner at the Jerusalem Theater.

A highlight of this afternoon’s tour was time spent in the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem. The partially open-air market boasts more than 250 vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, fish, meats and cheeses, among other goods.

This is our final night in Palestine-Israel, and we gathered in our hotel lobby this evening to exchange gifts (we were assigned finding gifts for no more than 10 shekels each) and to receive a blessing and prayer from our director, Robert Hunt, before we set off early tomorrow morning.

The flag of Israel waves in the breeze over the city.

Scenes from the walking tour: The flag of Israel waves in the breeze over the city.

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Scenes from the walking tour.

Shalom Institute research fellow Dr. Marcie Lenk and Dr. Robert Hunt engage students and alums during a walking tour of Jerusalem.

Shalom Institute research fellow Dr. Marcie Lenk and Dr. Robert Hunt engage students and alums during a walking tour of Jerusalem.

Students and alums enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the vendors’ delights at the Mahane Yahuda Market.

Students and alums enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the vendors’ delights at the Mahane Yahuda Market.

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Lynette Ross (M.Div.’12) shops for pomegranates at the Mahane Yahuda Market.

Lynette Ross (M.Div.’12) shops for pomegranates at the Mahane Yahuda Market.

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