Study Group from Concordia University, Nebraska Tours Holy Land

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A 15-day study tour allowed students to explore Galilee, Bethlehem, the Dead Sea and Jerusalem.

Concordia students Ian Smith, Tyler Zander, Dustin Atkinson, and Concordia alumn Ryan Duerr  enjoy the view from Mt. Precipice in Lower Galilee, with the Jezreel Valley in the background.

Concordia students Ian Smith, Tyler Zander, Dustin Atkinson, and Concordia alumn Ryan Duerr enjoy the view from Mt. Precipice in Lower Galilee, with the Jezreel Valley in the background.

A journey like this makes everything you learn in Sunday school, church, and in a Lutheran school classroom growing up seem and feel more real.

A group of nearly three dozen Concordia University, Nebraska students, alumni and friends embarked on a 15-day study tour to the Holy Land June 6. The tour, led by Dr. Mark Meehl, professor of theology, included visits to Galilee, Bethlehem, the Dead Sea and Jerusalem.

The tour was designed, according to Meehl, as a pilgrimage tailored to the needs of Concordia’s students, alumni and friends. Participants had the opportunity to meet and speak with people of the region—Palestinians, Israelis, Christians, Jews and Muslims—as well as take part in a 13th century worship service in the Crusader Chapel of Jerusalem. The tour highlighted important biblical sites and events in order to help students better understand and relate to both the Old and New Testaments.

“The best part of the trip was being able to learn a lot about God's Word, Middle Eastern culture, and biblical history every day knowing that I was walking where Jesus walked,” said Tyler Zander, a senior theology education major. “A journey like this makes everything you learn in Sunday school, church, and in a Lutheran school classroom growing up seem and feel more real.”

Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894, is a fully accredited, coeducational university located in Seward, Neb. that currently serves over 2,200 students. Concordia offers more than 50 professional and liberal arts programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world. For more information, visit http://www.cune.edu.

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