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Archive for Category: "Faculty – Gordon Matties"

Banksy in Bethlehem

Banksy in Bethlehem

The first time I entered Bethlehem after the separation barrier had been built, I felt as though I were imprisoned. Unless one stays inside an air-conditioned bus, the massive guard tower and the eight meter high wall (see the photo… [More]

Sinai: A Separate Peace

Sinai: A Separate Peace

The March 2009 issue of National Geographic has a fine article: “Sinai: A Separate Peace.” Amid a sea of conflict, the Sinai offers pleasure, spiritual refuge, and—potentially—harmony. Here’s a paragraph to whet your appetite for reading the whole article. “For… [More]

Approaching Bethlehem in Advent

A Canadian Mennonite University Study Tour April 26 – May 17, 2012 Article source: http://cmustudytour.blogspot.com/2009/12/approaching-bethlehem-advent-20009.html

Who Owns the Holy Land?

A Canadian Mennonite University Study Tour April 26 – May 17, 2012 Article source: http://cmustudytour.blogspot.com/2009/12/who-owns-holy-land.html

Pool of Siloam Discovered

, this pool is one of the top ten archaeological discoveries related to the Bible. According to the Biblical Archaeology Review, “Traditionally, the site was believed to be the pool and church that were built by the Byzantine empress Eudocia… [More]

Elias Chacour’s "Blood Brothers"

Elias Chacour’s "Blood Brothers"

In previous tours I’ve been privileged to hear Abuna (Father) Elias Chacour speak to my groups. Now that he has been appointed Archbishop of the Melkite Church, he doesn’t have as much time to greet groups as he did in… [More]

Climbing Mt. Sinai

A Canadian Mennonite University Study Tour April 26 – May 17, 2012 Article source: http://cmustudytour.blogspot.com/2009/11/climbing-mt-sinai.html

Exploring the "Ancient Stones"

Visits to the Holy Land usually include countless “holy places.” But what does it mean to call a place “holy”? I like to think of it as a place that, at one time or another, reflects life at the intersection… [More]

Palestinian Walks, with Raja Shehadeh

Palestinian Walks, with Raja Shehadeh

On this tour we will do our best to “walk the land.” On at least four days we will get out of the bus and walk the hills and the wadis of Israel and Palestine. We walk into Wadi Qilt…. [More]

The Land: Evangelicals and Israel

A Canadian Mennonite University Study Tour April 26 – May 17, 2012 Article source: http://cmustudytour.blogspot.com/2009/11/land-evangelicals-and-israel.html