10 Day Biblical Survey including Israel, the West Bank and Jordan Lead by Dr. Tom Phillips, Dean of Library and Information Services & Professor of Theological Bibliography at CST.

We hope you will join us for this amazing opportunity to experience some of the most sacred locations in the world. Below is the tentative schedule. Please make sure to read through all the program conditions then fill out the registration form.

This trip will begin in Jordan where the group will visit Jerash, the best preserved Greco-Roman city in the eastern Mediterranean. From there, the group will cross the Jordan into Israel/Palestine, visiting Bethlehem, Jerusalem, the upper Galilee and the Judean desert.

The group will visit holy sites from Christianity, Judaism and Islam, as well as enter into discussions with contemporary voices from the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. For interested parties, the 10 day trip can be extended with four days of additional travel to the deserts of southern Jordan, including Petra, the fabled “rose city” made famous in the Indiana Jones movies.

  • Dates: January 3-12, 2017
  • Cost: $4,191 (Includes Roundtrip Airfare from LAX, double occupancy lodging, breakfast and dinner)
  • Deposit: Amount $300.00
  • Full Payment Due Date: October 6,2016
  • Passport are Required

Space is limited so register soon! If you have any questions you can reach:
Noemi Ortega in the CST Alumni/ae Office at nortega@cst.edu or (909) 447-2545.
Dr. Tom Philips can also be reached for questions at tphillips@cst.edu.


Day 1Tuesday, Jan. 3Depart USA
Day 2Wednesday, Jan. 4Arrive Amman, overnight in Amman
Day 3Thursday, Jan. 5Theme: The Decapolis & the Greco-Roman Context of Jesus Ministry.
Field trip: Jerash (Mark 7:31), Citadel, Beit She'an border crossing, Beit Shean.
Overnight in Galilee
Day 4Friday, Jan. 6Theme: The Golan and Upper Galilee
Field trip: Gamla, Majdal Shams, Banyas (Caesarea Philippi Mk 8:27, Mt 16:13),
Tel Dan (Judges 20:1, 1 Sam 3:20)
Overnight in Galilee
Day 5Saturday, Jan. 7Theme: Jesus’ Ministry and Resurrection Around the Sea of Galilee
Field trip: boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Tabgha, (John 21),
Mt. of the Beatitudes; Valley of Doves (Luke 13: 10-21, Matt 5- 7, 11: 20- 24,
Mark 4- 6, John 21), Sepphoris, Nazareth, Basilica of the Annunciation.
Evening forum: TBD (Israeli speaker).
Overnight in Galilee
Day 6Sunday, Jan. 8Theme: The Jordan Valley
Field trip: Jordan River Valley, Qasr al Yahud (baptismal site,
Mk 1:1-11, Mt 3:1- 17, Lk 3:1-22), St. George’s Monastery?, Jericho
(Joshua 5-7, Mk 1: 12-13, Mt 4:1-11, Lk 4:1-13, 19:1-10),
the Mt. of Olives; Church Dominus Flevit, Garden of Gethsemane,
Church of All Nations
Evening Forum: TBD (Israeli speaker)
Overnight: Bethlehem
Day 7Monday, Jan. 9Theme: Bethlehem & its Environs at the Time of Jesus
Field trip: Old City of Bethlehem walking tour, Church of the Nativity (Lk 2; Mt 2),
Milk Grotto, Herodian, Shepherds Fields Refugee Camp (subject to confirmation),
Tent of Nations (subject to confirmation)
Overnight in Bethlehem
Day 8Tuesday, Jan. 10Theme: Jerusalem & its Environs at the Time of Jesus
Field trip: Temple Mount/Harem esh Sharif (arrive at 6:45am, if possible),
Old City walking tour, St. Ann’s Church, Western Wall, Lithostrotos,
Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Mt. 27-28; John 20)
Evening forum: TBD (Israeli speaker)
Overnight: Bethlehem
Day 9Wednesday, Jan. 11Theme: The Judean Wilderness
Field trip: Masada, The Dead Sea, Qumran
Overnight in Bethlehem
Day 10Thursday, Jan. 12Departure and return to USA

4 Day Elective: The Wonders of Petra & Jordan

Thursday, Jan. 12
Theme: Christian Heritage in Jordan
Field trip: The Way of the Patriarchs, the Negev, Avdat, Mizpah Ramon, Wadi Araba, crossing to Jordan.
Overnight in Aqaba
Friday, Jan. 13
Theme: Desert Exploration
Field trip: Wadi Rum (jeep safari through Wadi Rum, visiting five sites), Al Beidha (Neolithic settlement), Siq al Barid (Little Petra)
Overnight in Wadi Musa/Petra
Saturday, Jan. 14
Theme: Exploration and Wonder
Field trip: Full day exploration of Petra
Overnight in Wadi Musa
Sunday, Jan. 15
Theme: Christian Heritage in Jordan
Field trip: Shoback overview, The Desert Highway, Madaba, Mt. Nebo, Machaerus (time permitting)
Overnight in Amman
Monday, Jan. 16
Return to USA