Christians from the US planning to visit the Holy Land will be able to participate in biblical excavations as part of a new government initiative.
Launched by the Tourism Ministry in partnership with the Bible Museum in Washington and several tour operators, the ‘Unearth the Land of the Bible’ tour lasts for ten days and includes lectures from historical experts across Israel.
Those taking part in the tour will be able to work with excavators to discover and conserve the ancient capital of Galilee and learn about the life and death of the Jewish Galilean town of Yodfat (Jotapata). Participants will also be able to join anthropologists working at the ancient village of Chorazin, one of three towns that Jesus cursed because they did not heed his teachings.
"Our wonderful history in this land attracts many tourists, people who love Israel, who want to discover with their own hands the hidden treasures we have here," Tourism Minister Yoel Razbozov said.
"In addition, a visit of Christians that combines archaeology, conservation, and assistance in uncovering findings related to the biblical legacy of the State of Israel will improve Israel’s image overseas and spread the legacy of the People of the Book to the Christian world.
"Strengthening the relationship between Christians who love Israel through incoming tourism also helps support Israel’s economy," the minister noted.
The ten-day tour starts on 17th April 2023 and coincides with the 75th anniversary of Israel’s birth as a modern Jewish State.