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25 Small Group Bible Studies Based in the Holy Land

25 Small Group Bible Studies Based in the Holy Land

You know how everybody who has been on a tour of the Holy Land says everyone else must go some time in their life? Well, now I know why! Last year I was so blessed to spend two weeks in Israel and Jordan, and the trip was just as life changing as everyone says it is.

If a trip to the Holy Land is not in your plans for the near future, with Study Gateway you can get the next best thing…your small group can experience 25 video Bible studies filmed in the Holy Land, with nine trusted Bible teachers as your guide. Think of it as the road trip you’ve always wanted, without having to leave home!

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Holy Land Small Group Bible Studies at Study Gateway


In the Footsteps of the Savior - Holy Land Bible Study

In the Footsteps of the Savior, by Max Lucado

If you got the chance to go to the Holy Land with Max Lucado, wouldn’t you jump on it? Join in with the group that did just that, and follow Max as he traces the footsteps of the Savior and shares his trademark nuggets of wisdom about following Jesus, including:

  • Capernaum: following Jesus when you doubt
  • Sea of Galilee: following Jesus in your storms
  • Mount of Beatitudes: following Jesus when you worry


Uninvited - Holy Land Bible Study

 Uninvited, by Lysa TerKeurst

Lysa TerKeurst views the sites in the Holy Land through an unusual lens—the lens of rejection. Explore the roots of feeling uninvited from the vantage point of some of Lysa’s favorite places, such as…

  • Caiaphas’s house: where Peter denied Jesus
  • The cave of Adullum: where David hid from Saul
  • Shiloh: where Hannah waited and waited for an answer to her prayers

Lysa takes us into the hearts of those who felt rejected, defeated, abandoned, inferior, overlooked, hopeless, and lonely, and shows us how to live loved and discover our acceptance in Jesus.


The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi, by Kathie Lee Gifford and Rabbi Jason Sobel

Kathie Lee Gifford brings us along with her to discover what many passages in the Scriptures really mean from the Jewish perspective. With Rabbi Jason Sobel providing the messianic rabbinical insights, we experience the Rock (Jesus), the Road (the Holy Land), and the Rabbi (the Word of God) as we have never experienced them before! 

  • Bethlehem: Jesus, our Passover Lamb
  • Nazareth: Jesus, the stone mason
  • Capernaum: Jesus, the Teacher
  • Galilee: Jesus, the Healer
  • Mount of Olives: Jesus, the Sacrifice
  • Jerusalem: Jesus, the King of the Jews


The New Testament You Never Knew, by NT Wright and Michael Bird

From two renowned theologians we learn behind-the-scenes facts and the “rest of the story” about the New Testament, such as:

  • In the garden tomb and the Roman Forum: The resurrection changes everything
  • At Corinth, and the site of Paul’s house arrest in Rome: Paul’s controversial ministry of reconciliation
  • On the Sea of Galilee and Kursi: Baptism reframes our identity


Life of Jesus, by John Dickson

Historian John Dickson explores the deep historical roots of the Christian faith and the profound impact Jesus had on culture, ethics, politics and philosophy. John focuses in on the life of Jesus at twenty different historical sites, including:

  • Golan Heights, Sepphoris, Mount Arbel: Jesus preached a Kingdom marked by love
  • Via Dolorosa, Mount of Olives, Temple Mount: Jesus took God’s judgment upon himself
  • Garden Tomb, Upper Room, Jordan River: The resurrected Christ launched a movement


That the World May Know, Volumes 1-16, by Ray Vander Laan

That the World May Know is a unique video series that brings God's Word to life with astounding relevance. Teacher and historian Ray Vander Laan takes his groups far beyond the traditional Holy Land sites, with such fascinating destinations as:

  • The pyramids of Egypt and the cliffs at the Red Sea
  • The Parthenon and the Acropolis in Athens
  • The Negev Desert, the Wilderness of Sin, and En Gedi
  • The palace of Herod and the temple of Caesar Augustus


Drive-Thru History, Volumes 1-4, by Dave Stotts

Dave Stotts tromps through Old and New Testament sites, making the Bible come alive in exciting fashion. Dave’s Drive-Thru History videos are even on display in the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C.! Hop in Dave’s car as he zooms to over forty ancient sites, including some you won’t see in any other Holy Land studies, such as:

  • Hezekiah’s Tunnel: an engineering wonder built to prepare for an Assyrian siege
  • Shepherd’s Field: near Bethlehem
  • Tabgha: the site of the feeding of the five thousand

By taking your small group on a virtual road trip to the Holy Land, your deepened connection with the people, places, and history of the Bible will make it come alive and give richer meaning to your study of Scripture.

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Learn Bible Lessons from the Holy Land: An Interview with Ray Vander Laan [Source: BibleGateway] 

Nazareth: Reflecting God to the World, by Kathie Lee Gifford [Source: FaithGateway] 

Prayer: The Garden of Gethsemane, by Kathie Lee Gifford [Source: FaithGateway] 

Galilee: The Woman Who Was Healed by a Touch, by Kathie Lee Gifford [Source: FaithGateway] 




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In the Footsteps of the Savior, by Max Lucado

Uninvited, by Lysa TerKeurst

The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi, by Kathie Lee Gifford and Rabbi Jason Sobel

The New Testament You Never Knew, by NT Wright and Michael Bird

Life of Jesus, by John Dickson

That the World May Know Series: Cultures in Conflict (Volume 16), by Ray Vander Laan

Drive-Thru History, by Dave Stotts